MONTREAL - Bombardier Aerospace announced 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 US$297 million and could increase to approximately US$1.32 billion 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, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,715 CRJ Series aircraft, with 1,661 delivered as of December 31, 2011.
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.
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