A undisclosed “major network carrier” has placed a firm order for 10 Bombardier CSeries CS100s and has agreed to become the aircraft’s first operator, the Canadian manufacturer announced here yesterday.
The airline also placed options for another six of the 110- to 125-seat jets. Although Bombardier did not say when it would deliver the first airplane, the CSeries flight test schedule calls for certification in late 2013. Including the options, the value of the contract could eventually total $1.1 billion, said Bombardier.
“This firm order is the third one announced this month, and is a testament to the growing appeal and momentum for CSeries aircraft,” said Gary Scott, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president.
The first CSeries order this month, revealed on June 1, came from Sweden’s Braathens Leasing, which ordered five CS100s and five CS300s. A week later a separate unidentified customer inked a firm order for three CS100s, along with options on three more.
Plans call for Braathens Aviation member Malmö Aviation to operate its Bombardier jets from its base at the Bromma-Stockholm City Airport starting in 2014.
That transaction accounted for the CSeries’ first sale since Indianapolis-based Republic Airways inked a so-called purchase agreement covering 40 CS300s in February 2010.
Bombardier has now drawn firm orders for 113 CSeries airplanes, including 51 CS100s and 62 CS300s, and raises the number of customers to six.