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Bombardier gets aircraft orders worth US$326M

Includes five Q400 Turboprops for Calgary-based WestJet.


MONTREAL — Bombardier announced the sale of eight commercial aircraft valued at US$326 million, including WestJet’s conversion of five of 25 options for Q400 turboprops into firm orders.

The Calgary-based airline said last June’s launch of WestJet Encore using the turboprop has “reshaped” the regional aircraft market in Western Canada by adding new destinations and feeding traffic to its main network.

Based on the list price, the purchase is valued at about US$167 million. The planes will be delivered in the second half of 2015, increasing the airline’s fleet of Q400s to 25 by the end of next year.

WestJet still has options for 20 more Bombardier Q400 aircraft between 2016 and 2018.

Meanwhile, Bombardier said Mar. 27 that it has also sold three CRJ regional jets.

Long-time customer Adria Airways signed a firm order for two CRJ900 NextGen aircraft valued at US$92 million at list price, although customers typically get large discounts. The Slovenian member of the Star Alliance network has been a Bombardier customer since 1997 and operates eight regional jets.

Also ordering an aircraft is a customer from Latin America, which asked not to be named. It has signed a firm agreement for one CRJ700 NextGen aircraft for use in unidentified special mission applications. Possible special mission uses include surveillance, maritime patrol, search and rescue, VIP transport and medical evacuation.

The contract, including ancillary services and modification work on the aircraft, is valued at about US$67 million. The aircraft’s list price is nearly US$40 million.

The CRJ series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines in some 50 countries and have transported more than 1.4 billion passengers.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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