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Bombardier secures US$462.6M regional jet order from China Express

Aircraft will serve 62 cities throughout China as global sales climb past 400



Bombardier's CRJ900 NextGen regional aircraft. PHOTO Bombardier

Bombardier’s CRJ900. 20 different airlines now operate the aircraft. PHOTO Bombardier

TORONTO—While Bombardier Commercial Aircraft continues to await new orders for its soon-to-premiere CSeries aircraft, the company has secured a firm order for 10 CRJ900 regional jets.

China Express Airlines, an airline which serves 62 smaller cities in China, will add the 10 planes to its existing fleet of 20 Bombardier CRJ900s. The deal is valued at US$462.6 million and will bring the total number of the airline’s Bombardier regional jets to 38 when all deliveries have been made.

“China Express is committed to providing air services to people in Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities in China,” Wu Longjiang, the airline’s president, said. “The CRJ900 is the right aircraft for our cooperation with major airlines on code sharing and connecting flights, as well as cooperation with cities.”

Bombardier said it is pleased with the airline’s continued confidence in the aircraft; 20 different airlines operate the CRJ900, and the Montreal-based company has now secured orders for more than 400 worldwide.

Following the sale, the company said it hopes to continue to build on its strong regional jet sales in China. Bombardier aims to deliver approximately 900 small airliners—with 60 to 100 seats—to the Asian country over the next 20 years.

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