Mr. Marc Duchesne reports
NEW CUSTOMER PLACES ORDER FOR 15 BOMBARDIER CSERIES AIRLINERS
A new customer of Bombardier Inc.'s Bombardier Aerospace, which has requested to remain unidentified at this time, has placed a conditional order for five CS100 and 10 CS300 jetliners.
Based on the list prices of CS100 and CS300 aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately $1.02-billion (U.S.).
"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," said Mike Arcamone, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The CS100 and CS300 airliners combine unmatched field performance along with transcontinental range, creating opportunities for new business models; what's more, they'll be contributing to more sustainable aviation with their reduced environmental footprints."
The CSeries aircraft is scheduled to enter into service in late 2013.
About CSeries aircraft
Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the 100-per-cent-new CSeries aircraft family combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements in 2013 and beyond. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines, the CSeries aircraft family will offer a 15-per-cent cash-operating cost advantage and a 20-per-cent fuel burn advantage. The CSeries aircraft's clean-sheet design is ensuring that the aircraft will achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, as well as superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 nautical miles (5,463 kilometres). The CSeries aircraft will be up to 12,000 pounds (5,443 kilograms) 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.
Bombardier has booked firm orders for 138 CSeries airliners. Customers include Braathens Aviation (five CS100 and five CS300 aircraft), Deutsche Lufthansa AG (30 CS100 aircraft), Korean Air (10 CS300 aircraft), Lease Corp. International Group (17 CS300 and three CS100 aircraft), PrivatAir (five CS100 aircraft), Republic Airways (40 CS300 aircraft), an unidentified major network carrier (10 CS100 aircraft), an unidentified European customer (10 CS100 aircraft) and a well-established, unidentified airline (three CS100 aircraft). The CSeries aircraft 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 aircraft from Ilyushin Finance Co. and for up to 15 CS300 aircraft from Atlasjet. Today's announcement adds a conditional order for five CS100 and 10 CS300 jetliners to the order book.
The 12 customers that have joined the CSeries aircraft program, nine with firm orders, include major network carriers, national carriers, premium airlines serving city centre airports, a low-cost airline, leasing companies and a full-service provider to airline partners.