Bombardier and Airbus set to fly high at Singapore Airshow

Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

Garuda Indonesia is set to confirm an order for Bombardier regional jets, most likely at the Singapore Airshow on 14-19 February.

Indonesia’s flagship carrier has been assessing both the Bombardier CRJ1000 and Embraer 190 for its 18-aircraft sub-100 seat regional jet requirements since early 2011.

According to a Flight Global report, the airline chose the CRJ a few weeks ago and an announcement is imminent. The decision is a major boost for Canadian-based Bombardier, which has been lagging behind its Brazilian rival in the regional jet market.

Bombardier had a net order for only four of its CRJ-series of aircraft, while the backlog for the three months to 31 October 2011 fell to 52 aircraft from 61 at the end of June last year.

The Singapore Airshow is not particularly well-known as a place for big order announcements but ATR, Airbus and potentially Boeing are also expected to announce orders at the event.