Posted on: 09 February 2012 by Ross McSweeny
Bombardier Aerospace has named China Express Airlines as the undisclosed Chinese customer for up to 11 CRJ900s in a transaction announced on 26 October 2011.
The conditional order for six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft and options on an additional five aircraft will build upon China Express’s existing fleet of CRJ200s.
The disclosure was one of several announcements made at the Canada China Business Forum in Beijing, with Stephen Harper, Canada’s prime minister, and Pierre Beaudoin, president and chief executive officer, Bombardier, in attendance.
“Our 50-seat Bombardier 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 capacity demand on our larger routes,” remarked Hu Xiaojun, chairman, China Express.
China Express is based in Guiyang, Guizhou and currently provides regional passenger services with its fleet of five Bombardier CRJ200s.
Bombardier predicts that over the next 20 years, China’s fleet of commercial aircraft will grow as it becomes the world’s second largest market for new aircraft deliveries, following closely behind the United States. Bombardier forecasts a demand for almost 2,400 commercial aircraft in the 60- to 149-seat segment in China during the stated period.