Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aero-space and an African airline and existing Bombardier customer, signed a letter of intent in July to acquire five CSeries airliners.
Based on list pricing, the order for five CSeries aircraft is valued at about $365-million.
“Our customer faces challenging operational environments and needs excellent range for hot-and-high performance, as they expand into new and growing markets,” says Bombardier commercial aircraft president Mike Arcamone.
“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,” he adds.
“The growing diversity of operators in our traditional and emerging markets, who are centring business cases around the use of the CSeries jetliners, is a testament to the aircraft’s unmatched flexibility and outstanding operational efficiencies,” says Arcamone.
“We are also delighted that the CSeries aircraft programme has reached 500 orders and commitments,” he enthuses.
“Africa’s expansive land mass and, its propen-sity 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,” says Bombardier Commercial Aircraft sales, marketing and asset management senior VP Ray Jones.
“The complementary success stories of the Q400 and Canadair Regional Jet (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-seat to 149-seat aircraft in Africa, driven by economic growth, a demographic boom, increasing urbanisation and the emergence of a middle class,” adds Jones.
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 loca-tions for Bombardier commercial aircraft oper-ators include regional support offices and parts depots in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
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.
About the CSeries Aircraft
Bombardier is creating the future with its CSeries aircraft – the only new family of airliners specifically designed for the 100 seat- to 149-seat, single-aisle market.
Benefiting from a clean-sheet design that includes leading technology and systems integration, advanced materials and latest-generation aerodynamics, the CSeries aircraft offer a 15% cash operating cost advantage, a 20% fuel burn advantage, exceptional operational flexibility, widebody comfort and an unmatched environmental and noise footprint.
The CS100 aircraft offers unmatched flexibility for many airline business models and is an ideal solution for hot-and-high and city-centre airport operations.
The CS300 aircraft offers the best seat-mile costs in its category, making it the most profitable solution for midsized markets with up to 150 passengers a flight, and ideal for a range of routes from short-haul to longer transcontinental markets.
Bombardier has booked orders and commit-ments for 500 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 203 CSeries airliners.
Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere.
Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and it is listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes.
In the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013, it posted revenues of $18.2-billion.