New Customer Places Order for 15 Bombardier CSeries Airliners
Twelfth customer added to the CSeries aircraft program
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that a new customer, which has requested to remain unidentified at this time, has placed a conditional order for five CS100 and 10 CS300 jetliners.
Based on the list prices of CS100 and CS300 aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately $1.02 billion US.
“Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft provide a distinct economic advantage compared to any aircraft in their class, and we are thrilled to welcome the twelfth CSeries aircraft customer to the program,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CS100 and CS300 airliners combine unmatched field performance along with transcontinental range, creating opportunities for new business models; what’s more, they’ll be contributing to more sustainable aviation with their reduced environmental footprints.”
Last edited by Going Boeing; 10th Jul 2012 at 10:58.
Doubt if it is Elaine's Group over at Team Red. He can hardly get the credit to buy staplers let alone a bunch of planes. And I doubt it is VA, their finances would not have improved enough yet to gain financial approval for such a large number of jets. I think anybody getting a boner over shiny new jets being delivered in bulk to Australia needs to have a cold shower.
Are Alliance finally buying/leasing some new aircraft from the shop rather than digging old ones out of the desert? (No serious disrespect to Alliance intended, they're a very successful operation and good luck to them).
My hunch is on Alliance. They're taking care of business all over the place, and they're not taking prisoners.
That's because they bought a heap of older airframes when they were going really cheap so they're overheads are comparatively low and they have a large fleet ready to deploy at the drop of a hat. Buying a bunch of new jets would be fatal for Alliance and I don't think that is how they operate.
My guess (if they even are for an Oz operator) is the 717 replacement. The C Series has been talked about for many years as their successor. Which company will operate them? That is the fun question.
C series would be a perfect replacement of the b717 and/or the b737-400 that mainline is operating. Bean counters would love to give it to the group that costs them the least. There are advantages of keeping them in house within the Qantas group (more controls of safety and standards), and there are advantages of outsourcing to Cobham.
There are previous orders of the c series from "undisclosed" customers, so this one isn't the only one that may potentially be an Aussie operator. But depends on what you are smoking/drinking on the day, some believe the excess a320s that Qantas/jetstar has ordered for their failed Singapore premium strategy, or the yet to be finalized jetstar hong kong.