Bombardier Aerospace has disclosed at the Paris Air Show that a previously announced firm order for 10 CS100 jets was placed by Odyssey Airlines, a new airline that intends to operate from London City Airport.
The firm order for the Bombardier CS100 jets was originally announced on June 24, 2011 and speculation has long linked the Odyssey Airlines name with the order.
Based on the list price for the CS100 at the time of the order, Bombardier Aerospace values the firm order at US$628 million.
“We are launching Odyssey Airlines with the CS100 aircraft because its transcontinental range will allow us to connect key city airports with stringent performance and environmental requirements both in Europe and further afield,” says Adam Scott, chief executive officer of Odyssey Airlines.
“We have a unique strategy that will offer a premier service with a focus on new destinations that cannot currently be served from London City Airport,” adds Scott. “For us, the game-changing CSeries aircraft offers the best-in-class airfield performance, the lowest sound profile of any commercial aircraft in production in its segment, and will provide the ability to open new markets ‒ all of which are integral to our business model.”
“Over the last two years, Bombardier has seen Odyssey evolve into a forward-thinking and up-and-coming airline,” says Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CSeries aircraft’s premium cabin, reduced environmental footprint and fantastic ability to serve a wide range of missions are the perfect pairing to Odyssey’s business plan.”
Speculation within the industry has long suggested that as a result of the Bombardier’s CS100’s excellent payload-range performance from short runways, Odyssey will seek to operate all-premium class, non-stop services from London City Airport to destinations as far away as the United States.