An African airline which is an existing Bombardier customer but which wishes to remain unidentified for now has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to order five CSeries airliners.
Announcing the undisclosed African customer’s letter of intent on July 16, at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, Bombardier Aerospace said a firm order for five CSeries aircraft would be valued at approximately US$365 million based on 2014 list pricing.
This appears to imply the five Bombardier CSeries jets covered by the letter of intent are 135-to-160-seat CS300s rather than CS100s, since the 2014 list price of the CS300 is about US$73 million.
“Our customer faces challenging operational environments and needs excellent range for hot-and-high performance as they expand into new and growing markets,” says Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“The exceptional fuel efficiency and widebody passenger comfort that only the CSeries aircraft can provide in an airplane of its size were key factors in our customer’s decision to select the CSeries in a region where fuel prices are quite high,” Arcamone continues.
“The growing diversity of operators in both our traditional and emerging markets who are centering business cases around the use of the CSeries jetliners is a testament to the aircraft’s unmatched flexibility and outstanding operational efficiencies,” adds Arcamone. “Of course, we are also delighted that the CSeries aircraft program has reached 500 orders and commitments.”
“Africa’s expansive land mass and its propensity for solid growth makes the CSeries aircraft ideal for this market and that’s why the Middle East and Africa region boasts the largest number of operators – more than any other region – selecting the CSeries aircraft,” notes Ray Jones, senior vice president, sales, marketing and asset management for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“The complementary success stories of the Q400 and CRJ family of aircraft in the region make these Bombardier regional aircraft perfect companions to CSeries aircraft operations,” adds Jones. “We are confident that Bombardier and the CSeries family of aircraft are ideally positioned to meet the demand for 100- to 149-seat aircraft in Africa, which is being driven by economic growth, a demographic boom, increasing urbanization and the emergence of a middle class.”
The fleet of Bombardier commercial aircraft in Africa and the Middle East is steadily growing with more than 200 Q-Series turboprops, Bombardier CRJ-series regional jets and CSeries airliners now in service with, or on firm order from, approximately 50 customers and operators in the region.
In the Middle East and Africa, service locations for Bombardier commercial aircraft operators include regional support offices and parts depots in Johannesburg, South Africa and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The offices coordinate the efforts of field service representatives and customer support account managers dedicated to the region, all backed by 24/7 technical help desks.