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Bombardier nets orders for planes, trains worth US$385M

Orders will see Q400 NextGen planes delivered to WestJet Encore, commuter trains to French rail operator



TORONTO and BERLIN—Bombardier Inc. has landed two new orders for planes and trains worth a combined US$385 million, the Montreal-based firm announced.

WestJet Encore Ltd., the regional airline subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd., signed a firm purchase order agreement for five Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft worth US$167 million at list prices.

A conversion of a batch of five options booked by WestJet, the order follows another option conversion for five Q400s announced in March for the Encore subsidiary.

It currently operates 13 Q400 NextGen aircraft, up from the two it was flying when it launched in June 2013.

The transportation giant also announced its rail division received an order from France’s national state-owned railway company, SNCF, for 22 Francilien commuter trains.

Co-financed by STIF, the Ile-de-France transportation authority, the order is valued at roughly US$218 million based on list prices, and is part of an initial contract signed with SNCF in 2006 for as many as 372 trains for the Ile-de-France.

According to Bombardier, 194 Francilien trains have been ordered to date.

The 22 additional trains will be delivered by the end of 2016.

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