The transaction also includes options on 10 CS300s and purchase rights for an additional 10. The firm order makes Korean Air, South Korea’s flagship airline, the launch customer for the Bombardier CSeries in Asia.

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An unidentified European customer which is a first-time buyer of Bombardier aircraft has placed a firm order for 10 Bombardier CS100 jetliners, becoming the eighth customer for the CSeries family.

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Pratt & Whitney’s PW1524G engine for the Bombardier CSeries commercial-jet family flew its maiden flight on the engine manufacturer’s Boeing 747SP flying test-bed at Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Mirabel Aerospace Centre, in Mirabel, Quebec, on June 20.

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At the Paris Airshow, Korean Air has signed a letter of intent to order 10 Bombardier CS300 aircraft with an additional 10 options and 10 purchase rights on CS300 airliners. Korean Air becomes the Asian launch customer for the Bombardier CSeries program.

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A major network carrier will become the first operator to take delivery of the first CSeries aircraft. The carrier, which has requested to remain unidentified, has signed a firm order for 10 CS100 aircraft with options on an additional six.

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SAS has confirmed it will replace its remaining Boeing 737 Classics and McDonnell Douglas MD-80s with similar numbers of additional 737NGs and Airbus A320-family aircraft. These fleet decisions will preclude any SAS order for Bombardier CSeries jets in the short to medium term, an SAS spokeswoman confirms.

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