An unnamed airline based in the Americas has signed a letter of intent to order 12 Bombardier CS100 airliners and to take options on an additional 18.
At this time the airline has requested to remain undisclosed, according to Bombardier Aerospace, the manufacturer of the Bombardier CSeries family of commercial jets.
Based on the list price of the Bombardier CS100, a firm-order contract would be valued at approximately US$870 million and could increase to US$2.08 billion should the 18 options also be converted to firm orders, according to the manufacturer.
“We are thrilled with the worldwide momentum of interest being shown for the CSeries aircraft program and we are pleased that customers in both our traditional aviation markets and growth markets are exploring opportunities and centering business cases around the use of the CSeries jetliners,” says Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“As the CS100 aircraft readies for a milestone year of firsts, we look forward to welcoming yet another customer to the CSeries aircraft family,” adds Arcamone. “This customer selected the CS100 jetliners based on the flexibility and superior operational efficiencies offered only by the CSeries aircraft family.”
As of September 30, 2012, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments for 352 CSeries jets, including firm orders for 138 aircraft. The latest letter of intent increases firm and other commitments for the Bombardier CSeries family to 382 aircraft, though the firm-order total remains at 138.
The 14 customers which have given Bombardier commitments for CSeries aircraft – nine of those customers with firm orders – include major network carriers, national and premier carriers, low-cost airlines, leasing companies and a full-service provider to airline partners.
Meanwhile, the wings for the first CSeries flight-test vehicle (designated FTV1 by Bombardier) are being mated to the fuselage at the company’s final assembly facility in Mirabel, Québec, after arriving from Bombardier Aerospace Belfast in December.
Assembly of FTV1 is progressing in preparation for the first flight of the first Bombardier CS100 by the end of June 2013, according to Bombardier.
Additionally, says the manufacturer, assembly of the Complete Airframe Static Test (CAST) article for the CSeries aircraft is complete and the instrumentation and loading system is being finalized for the start of airframe tests in January.