1st African Operator and Existing Commercial Aircraft Customer Signs LOI for 5 Bombardier CSeries Airliners
- First customer in Africa signs Letter of Intent; brings CSeries aircraft orders and commitments to 500 aircraft
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that an African airline and existing Bombardier customer, who wishes to remain unidentified at this time, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire five CSeries airliners.
Based on list pricing, a firm order for five CSeries aircraft would be valued at approximately $365 million US.
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“Our customer faces challenging operational environments and needs excellent range for hot-and-high performance as they expand into new and growing markets,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The exceptional fuel efficiency and widebody passenger comfort that only the CSeries aircraft can provide in an airplane of its size were key factors in our customer’s decision to select the CSeries in a region where fuel prices are quite high.”
“The growing diversity of operators in both our traditional and emerging markets who are centering business cases around the use of the CSeries jetliners is a testament to the aircraft’s unmatched flexibility and outstanding operational efficiencies,” added Mr. Arcamone. “Of course, we are also delighted that the CSeries aircraft program has reached 500 orders and commitments.”
“Africa’s expansive land mass and its propensity for solid growth makes the CSeries aircraft ideal for this market and that’s why the Middle East and Africa region boasts the largest number of operators – more than any other region – selecting the CSeries aircraft,” said Ray Jones, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“The complementary success stories of the Q400 and CRJ family of aircraft in the region make these Bombardier regional aircraft perfect companions to CSeries aircraft operations. We are confident that Bombardier and the CSeries family of aircraft are ideally positioned to meet the demand for 100- to 149-seat aircraft in Africa, which is being driven by economic growth, a demographic boom, increasing urbanization and the emergence of a middle class.”
The fleet of Bombardier commercial aircraft in Africa and the Middle East is steadily growing with more than 200 Q-Series turboprops, CRJ regional jets and CSeries airliners now in service with, or on firm order from, approximately 50 customers and operators in the region.
In the Middle East and Africa, service locations for Bombardier commercial aircraft operators include regional support offices and parts depots in Johannesburg, South Africa and Dubai, UAE. The offices coordinate the efforts of field service representatives and customer support account managers dedicated to the region, all backed by 24/7 technical help desks.
Source : Bombardier Aerospace - view original press release