Vim Airlines, which is based at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, is IFC’s first lessee for CS300 airliners. As a result, Vim Airlines is in pole position to become Russia’s first airline to operate the Bombardier CSeries family of commercial jets.

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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.

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Moscow-based leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co.’s shareholders have approved its conditional purchase agreement with Bombardier Aerospace for CS300 jetliners and the deal is now a firm order. It increases total firm sales of the Bombardier CSeries family to 177 aircraft and Bombardier holds lesser commitments on another 211.

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Bombardier Aerospace has disclosed that a previously announced firm order for 10 CS100s was placed by Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The firm order, which also included options for an additional six Bombardier CS100 jets, was announced by Bombardier on June 20, 2011.

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Porter Airlines has signed a conditional purchase agreement for 12 Bombardier CS100 airliners, with options for an additional 18 CS100s. The agreement also includes purchase rights on six Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The CS100s would be Porter’s first jet aircraft.

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Bombardier Aerospace has completed the first full powering-on of the main electrical distribution system on the first CSeries flight-test aircraft. Additionally, Bombardier says the two most significant wing static tests required for first flight are now complete.

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Both aircraft, which are of the Bombardier CS100 version, are 95 per cent complete and require only installation of minor systems, after which they will enter final function testing. At the unveiling, the manufacturer revealed it had increased the length of the CS300’s fuselage slightly.

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Bombardier Aerospace has introduced an extra-capacity seating option that will allow its new CS300 commercial jet to seat up to 160 passengers. Bombardier has confirmed that Latvia-based airBaltic is a customer for the higher-capacity CS300 version.

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Moscow-based leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co. has signed a purchase agreement to acquire 32 Bombardier CS300 jets and has taken options on an additional 10. The order came the same day Transport Canada type-certified the PW1500G engine powering all CSeries jets.

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The order represents a major step in AirBaltic’s strategic move to operate an all-Bombardier fleet. The move will also see the Latvian carrier eventually taking additional Bombardier Q400NextGen turboprop airliners to add to eight already in service.

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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.

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The cockpit and all fuselage sections for the Bombardier CSeries first flight test vehicle (FTV1) have arrived at Bombardier’s final assembly line for the CSeries at Mirabel, Québec, and assembly of FTV1 has begun.

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Assembly of the static test airframe for Bombardier’s new CSeries commercial aircraft is well underway at the company’s Experimental Test Facility in St-Laurent, Québec. Bombardier is also now conducting virtual flights at Mirabel with the CSeries Integrated Systems Test and Certification Rig.

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Based on the list price of the Bombardier CS300, a firm-order contract with the network carrier (which styles itself airBaltic) will be valued at approximately US$764 million, and could increase to US$1.57 billion should airBaltic convert its 10 purchase rights into firm orders.

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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.

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Based on the list price for the CS100, Bombardier Aerospace values the firm order at approximately US$309 million, which could increase to US$636 million if PrivatAir exercises its five options.

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Atlasjet Havacilik A.S. of Istanbul, Turkey has signed a letter of intent to order 10 Bombardier CS300 jetliners and take options on a further five CS300s. Bombardier announced the deal at the Dubai Airshow 2011.

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A full-scale flight deck demonstrator for the all-new Bombardier CSeries aircraft has made its world debut at the Dubai Air Show. Visitors to the CSeries aircraft dome, situated at P1, will experience first-hand the most advanced flight deck demonstrator in the industry.

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Bombardier says the final results of a five-year wind-tunnel test program have validated the CSeries airliner’s aerodynamic design and support the manufacturer’s predictions that the CSeries family will deliver a 20 per cent fuel-burn advantage over comparably sized existing jets.

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