Posted on: 31 December 2015 by Ross McSweeny
China Express Airlines has placed a firm order for 10 CRJ900 regional jets from Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, including eight previously acquired options, raising its total orders for the model to 38.
To date, 20 of the CRJ900 aircraft ordered by China Express have been delivered.
“China Express is committed to providing air services to people in Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities in China. Our mission is to improve the connectivity by air for those communities,” stated Wu Longjiang, president of China Express Airlines. “The CRJ900 is the right aircraft for our cooperation with major airlines on code sharing and connecting flights, as well as cooperation with cities. It offers excellent economics and reliability and is well liked by our passengers. We continue to expand our fleet with these fine aircraft to serve both current and future demand and destinations.”
“We are very pleased with China Express Airlines’ continuing confidence in the CRJ900 jetliner and its role in expanding regional airline services in China,” remarked Andy Solem, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s VP sales for China and North Asia. “Our 2015-2034 Commercial Aircraft Market Forecast expects delivery of some 900 60-100 seat airliners to China and the CRJ900 regional jet is proving to be a perfect fit in that market segment.”
“Bombardier has made significant enhancements to the CRJ900 aircraft since its introduction – most significantly a 5.5% fuel burn reduction compared to earlier models – and the aircraft is now in service with more than 20 airlines and other operators that recognise its superior performance,” added Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “With today’s announcement, we are delighted that firm orders for CRJ900 jetliners have crossed another milestone and now stand at 409 aircraft.”
Based on the list price of the CRJ900 aircraft, the recently announced order is valued at approximately US$462.6 million.