Bombardier Aerospace has announced that a new customer, which has requested to remain unidentified, has placed a conditional order for five CS100 and 10...

Bombardier Aerospace has announced that a new customer, which has requested to remain unidentified, has placed a conditional order for five CS100 and 10 CS300 jetliners.

Based on the list prices of Bombardier CS100 and CS300 jets, the manufacturer values the contract at approximately US$1.02 billion.

“Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft provide a distinct economic advantage compared to any aircraft in their class, and we are thrilled to welcome the 12th CSeries aircraft customer to the program,” says Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

The Bombardier CS100 is the first member of the new CSeries airliner family to enter service. The CS100's planned in-service date is late 2013

In the form of the CS100, the Bombardier CSeries family is scheduled to enter into service in late 2013.

Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the new CSeries airliner family is powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G geared-turbofan engines.

According to Bombardier, the CSeries family will offer an estimated 15 per cent cash operating cost advantage and a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage, based on a 500-nautical mile sector in a North American operating environment.

The CSeries family has a clean-sheet design, which Bombardier Aerospace says ensures the aircraft will achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, as well as superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950nm (5,463 kilometers).

CSeries versions will be up to 12,000lb (5,443kg) lighter than other aircraft in the same seat category and will provide passengers with a best-in-class, widebody cabin environment in a single-aisle aircraft, according to Bombardier.

The Bombardier CS300 is the larger of the two versions of the CSeries family and enters service later than the CS100, its smaller sibling

Bombardier has booked firm orders for 138 CSeries airliners. Identified customers include Braathens Aviation, for five CS100s and five CS300s; Deutsche Lufthansa AG, for 30 CS100s to be operated by subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines; Korean Air, for 10 CS300s; Lease Corporation International Group, for 17 CS300s and three CS100s; PrivatAir, for five CS100s; and Republic Airways, for 40 CS300s.

Additionally, unidentified firm-order customers include a major network carrier, for 10 CS100s; a European customer (thought to be UK premium-class start-up Odyssey International), for 10 CS100s; and a well-established, unidentified airline, for three CS100s.

The CSeries program has also booked options for 124 aircraft and purchase rights for 10 aircraft from these customers, as well as letters of intent for up to 30 CSeries jets from Ilyushin Finance Co, and for up to 15 CS300s from Turkey’s Atlasjet.

The July 8 announcement – made on the press day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2012, but coincidentally so, according to Bombardier – adds a conditional order for five CS100 and 10 CS300 jetliners to the orderbook.

The 12 customers that have joined the CSeries program – nine with firm orders – include major network carriers, national carriers, premium airlines serving city-center airports, a low-cost airline, leasing companies and a full-service provider to airline partners.