Bombardier Aerospace announced Monday at the the Paris Air Show, that an unidentified major network carrier will be the first buyer to buy 10 of their fuel saving C series aircraft valued at $616 million (U.S.).with an option of six other CS100 series, which could rise up to $1.01-billion if the airline exercises the smaller of the CSeries variants.
The deal takes the number of firms orders for the Bombardier plane to 113 for the C series - 51 CS100 AND 62 CS300 aircraft.
This firm order is the third announced this month and reflects the growing interest and momentum for the CSeries aircraft, said Mr. Scott.
Our client is fully aware of the competitive advantage of having the first CSeries aircraft operating entirely new, cutting-edge technology from Bombardier, said Gary R. Scott, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
The first flight of the airplane is scheduled for the second half of 2012 and it will enter into service for airlines in 2013. The airline becomes the sixth customer for the 110- to 149-seat aircraft.
The CSeries aircraft promises to be about 15 per cent less expensive to operate, saving fuel 20 percent less, producing far lesser noise and expelling fewer emissions. It is to have a greater operational versatility, and improved performance with a range of 5,463 km (2,950 nautical miles). In each aisle it will offer three rows of two chairs.
Other customers who ordered the CSeries aircraft are Republic Airways (40 CS300), Deutsche Lufthansa AG (30 CS100) Lease Corporation International Group (17 CS300 and CS100 three), Braathens Aviation (five and five CS100 CS300 ) and an anonymous well-established airline (three CS100).
Bombardier's CSeries orders at the marquee air show of the year ended a 15-month drought from the last of the previous orders placed.