Bombardier wins $309m PrivatAir jet orders
Manama, January 21, 2012
Bombardier Aerospace said Geneva-based PrivatAir has placed a firm order for five CS100 airliners at the ongoing Bahrain International Airshow and has taken options on an additional five CS100 aircraft.
Based on the list price for the CS100 aircraft, the firm order contract is valued at $309 million and could increase to $636 million US if the five options are exercised.
PrivatAir was founded more than 30 years ago and operates a large fleet of commercial and business aircraft to provide private charter and private airline services.
Its specialized services include exclusively business class flights on behalf of several major network airlines. As a superb example of the versatility of the world’s only all-new aircraft in its segment, the CSeries aircraft acquired by PrivatAir will be delivered in an all-business class configuration.
“The CSeries aircraft represent cutting-edge technology and are true 21st century jetliners,” said Greg Thomas, president and chief executive officer, PrivatAir.
“The CS100 jetliner is very well suited for our route expansion plans and we look forward to introducing this very modern aircraft to our fleet,” he remarked.
On the jet order win, Guy C. Hachey, president and chief operating officer, Bombardier Aerospace, said, “The CSeries aircraft program keeps growing and we have now announced our 11th customer.”
The CSeries family of aircraft, he stated, was designed for operational flexibility and many airlines around the world, like PrivatAir, are becoming aware of how the aircraft can meet their future plans.
'Our global push, as well as the superior performance benefits of the CSeries aircraft, will ensure that Bombardier will capture a significant portion of the 100- to 149-seat market segment over the next twenty years,' he added.
Philippe Poutissou, VP, Marketing, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft said, “Included among the 11 customers that have selected the CSeries aircraft are major network carriers, national carriers, premium airlines serving city centre airports, a low cost airline, leasing companies and now, with the PrivatAir announcement, a full-service provider to airline partners.”
“This diversity of customers speaks volumes about the flexibility of the CSeriesfamily of aircraft to meet air transport requirements worldwide,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service