MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2012) - Bombardier Aerospace announced today that an airline, which has requested to remain unidentified at the present time, has signed a firm order for six CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets and has taken options on another 18.
Based on the list price of the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft, the airline's firm order is valued at approximately $297 million US and could increase to approximately $1.32 billion US should all 18 options be exercised.
"The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft continues to perform beyond expectations with its current operators, and we are thrilled to welcome another customer," said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is achieving the lowest seat mile cost in its market segment; delivering exceptional reliability; and contributing to more sustainable aviation with its reduced environmental footprint."
Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and have logged more than 31 million flight hours and 26 million take-off and landing cycles. In addition to airline operations, more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of CRJ Series aircraft.
Including the order announced today, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,715 CRJ Series aircraft, with 1,661 delivered as of December 31, 2011.
CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft
At entry-into-service in 2010, the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft joined the most successful regional aircraft family in the world, building on a proven platform, with proven reliability and cost efficiency, while providing increased seating capacity and lower seat-mile costs.
Designed specifically to meet the needs of airlines in high-frequency regional markets, the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is now proving that it is a sound investment for its operators. The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is achieving the lowest cash operating cost per mile and per seat for operators in its market segment, while delivering extra range, exceptional reliability and a greener footprint.
The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft has been achieving a mission fuel consumption rate that is four per cent better than estimated at launch. The improved fuel burn directly results in a four per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to an average reduction of nearly 700 tons of greenhouse gases per aircraft, each year. The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is also achieving six per cent greater range than previously advertised, providing additional operational flexibility. The competitive aircraft is more than 9,700 kg (21,385 lbs) or 22 per cent heavier than the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft for comparable passenger flights or same distance missions. The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft's lower operating weight empty (OWE), fuel-efficient General Electric engines and high-efficiency wing design are key factors contributing to the airliner's lower fuel burn.
CRJ NextGen aircraft provide an outstanding passenger environment with a new interior that features larger overhead luggage bins, larger windows, improved cabin lighting and redesigned ceiling panels and sidewalls.
About Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, a business unit of Bombardier Inc., is a world leader in the design and production of aircraft that seat up to 145 passengers. Its mission is to provide a complete range of commercial aircraft optimized for best-in-class efficiency with the highest level of customer service. The product portfolio is comprised of the Q400 NextGen airliner, the CRJ NextGen family of regional jets, and the CSeries jetliners, which are the world's newest and most advanced single-aisle, mainline aircraft for the 100- to 149-seat market segment.
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