An airline based in the Americas has signed a letter of intent to acquire 12 Bombardier Aerospace CS100 airliners with options on an additional 18. At this time the airline has requested to remain undisclosed.
Based on the list price of the CS100 airliner, a firm-order contract would be valued at approximately $870 million and could increase to $2.08 billion should the 18 options also be converted to firm orders.
“We are thrilled with the worldwide momentum of interest being shown for the CSeries aircraft program and we are pleased that customers in both our traditional aviation markets and growth markets are exploring opportunities and centering business cases around the use of the CSeries jetliners,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
As of September 30, 2012, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments for 352 CSeries aircraft that include firm orders for 138 CSeries airliners.
The 14 customers that have joined the CSeries aircraft program – nine with firm orders – include major network carriers, national and premier carriers, low-cost airlines, leasing companies and a full service provider to airline partners.
CSeries First Flight Test Vehicle and Test Airframe
The wings for the first CSeries flight test vehicle (FTV1) are being mated to the fuselage at the company’s final assembly facility in Mirabel, Quebec, after arriving from Bombardier Aerospace Belfast in December. Assembly of FTV1 is progressing smoothly in preparation for first flight by the end of June 2013. Additionally, assembly of the Complete Airframe Static Test (CAST) article for the CSeries aircraft is complete and the instrumentation and loading system is being finalized for the start of airframe tests in January.
Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the 100 per cent new CSeries aircraft family combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements in 2013 and beyond.
Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines, the CSeries aircraft family will offer a 15(i) per cent cash operating cost advantage and a 20(i) per cent fuel burn advantage. The CSeries aircraft’s clean-sheet design is ensuring that the aircraft will achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, as well as superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 nm (5,463 km)(i).
The CSeries aircraft will be up to 12,000 lbs. (5,443 kg)(i) lighter than other aircraft in the same seat category and will provide passengers with a best-in-class, widebody cabin environment in a single-aisle aircraft.