[HD video below] China Express Airlines has converted a
previously announced conditional order for six CRJ900 NextGen
regional jets, to a firm order.
The transaction includes options on
an additional five CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
Based on the list
price of the CRJ900 NextGen airliner, the firm order contract is
valued at approximately US$264 million, and could increase to
approximately US$491 million should the five options be converted
to firm orders.
“Our five 50-seat CRJ200 regional jets have
served us very well since we started operations in 2006, and we
are confident that the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, which offers
excellent economics, will support the growing passenger demand on
our larger routes,” said Hu Xiaojun, Chairman, China Express.
China Express, which is one of China’s first private
regional airlines, is based in Guiyang, Guizhou and currently
provides regional passenger services with its fleet of five CRJ200
aircraft. The airline will be the first to launch CRJ900 aircraft
service in China.
“As the only aircraft manufacturer with three
distinct and optimized families of aircraft in the 60 to 149-seat
market segment, Bombardier is well positioned to support the
growth of China’s air transport network, and we are delighted that
China Express has firmed up its order for six CRJ900 NextGen
aircraft and will introduce the aircraft to China,” said Mike
Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Currently
more than 100 Bombardier-produced commercial and business aircraft
are operating in China and we look forward to welcoming many more
operators in the country.”
In its Market Forecast for 2012 to 2031, Bombardier predicted a demand
for approximately 2,200 commercial aircraft in the 60 to 149-seat
segment in China.
Bombardier CRJ900 @ Farnborough Int. Airshow 2012