More Bombardier jets headed to Uruguay

Montreal-based plane-builder finalizes deal worth US$129 million; builds presence in South America

April 26, 2011   by The Canadian Press

MONTRÉAL—Bombardier will supply Uruguay airline Pluna with three CRJ900 NextGen regional jets in a deal that will help the Canadian aerospace manufacturer avoid layoffs.

The company says the deal is worth about US$129 million.

The world’s third-largest aircraft manufacturer said last month that it may have to trim production of regional planes, particularly the Toronto-assembled Q400 turboprop, if it doesn’t win new orders.

The Pluna order continues to expand the manufacturer’s presense in South America, says Gary Scott, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

The Montreal-based division of Bombardier Inc. has received firm orders for 265 CRJ900 aircraft and has delivered 244 of the planes as of Jan. 31.

More than 1,700 CRJ regional jets have been ordered and 1,628 delivered since being introduced in 1992. The planes are in service with more than 60 airlines and have logged more than 26 million flight hours.

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