Reported by: Airchive.com Staff
With the 787 and A350 XWB gathering most of the aviation attention, Bombardier had a blockbuster day of its own on Tuesday June 4th.
The Montreal Airframer announced orders for up to 42 CSeries CS300 from Russia’s Ilyushin FInance Company (32 firm and 10 options) and confirmed orders for up to 16 (10 firm plus 6 options) aircraft from Bahrain based Gulf Air. Press Releases after the jump.
Bombardier has also announced that the first flight is scheduled to fly sometime just after the first flight, likely in June. On June 4th, they released 2 photos of Flight Test Vehicle-1 (FTV-1) after visiting the pain shop. A very basic logo decal was applied to the tail and forward fuselage, but it appears the aircraft will fly “green” for its first flight. The composite surfaces will be the main areas painted on the aircraft, as composites must be protected from UV light.
As of March 31, 2013, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments for 388 CSeries aircraft, which includes firm orders for 145 CSeries airliners. It is not confirmed whether the Gulf Air order is included in these numbers.
Extra: Bombardier CSeries Rolls Out here.
Video from Bombardier of the CSeries FTV-1 in the paint shop.
Painting the CSeries FTV-1 Interview with Kevin Hebert, Paint Shop Manager
Gulf Air Order Press Release
Toronto, June 4, 2013 – Bombardier Aerospace and Gulf Air disclosed today that a previous firm order for 10 CS100 aircraft, with options for an additional six aircraft, was placed by Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The firm order was announced by Bombardier on June 20, 2011. The CSeries aircraft was selected following a detailed and thorough evaluation, including other competing aircraft, conducted by Gulf Air in accordance with the Bahrain Tender Board rules.
Bombardier Aerospace and Gulf Air confirmed they were working together to ensure that the CSeries aircraft meets the goals of the airline’s ongoing restructuring, in line with its mandate to achieve long-term sustainability.
“Over the past four years, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has tripled its aircraft representation in the Middle East and Africa, and altogether, more than 200 Q-Series turboprops, CRJ Series regional jets and CSeriesaircraft are in service with, or have been ordered by, operators in the Middle East and Africa,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “More than 2,600 Q-Series and CRJ Series commercial aircraft have been delivered to operators around the world, covering all continents and operating in diverse and often challenging terrains.”
Ilyushin Order Finance Press Release
Toronto, June 4, 2013 – Bombardier Aerospace announced today that its purchase agreement with Moscow-based leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) has been approved by IFC’s shareholders and is now firm. The firm purchase agreement covers the acquisition of 32 CS300 aircraft and options for an additional 10 CS300 aircraft, following a letter of intent signed by IFC in 2011 and a conditional purchase agreement announced by Bombardier on February 20, 2013.
Based on the list price for the CS300 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $2.56 billion US. Should IFC also exercise its 10 options, the contract would have a total value of approximately $3.42 billion US.
“Operators in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as well as those based in other parts of the world, have expressed interest in acquiring the CSeries aircraft since older, less efficient aircraft designs are presenting ongoing challenges because of high fuel costs and heightened environmental awareness,” said Alexander Rubtsov, Director General, IFC. “With its clean-sheet, advanced technology design, the CS300 jetliners will help to alleviate these concerns, while offering excellent range, superior field and runway performance, and a superb cabin that will bring airline transport into the 21st century.”
Mr. Rubtsov also noted that the CSeries aircraft, with its capacity and performance, is ideally placed between the smaller Russian Superjet and the larger capacity Russian MC-21 aircraft, which IFC has committed to purchase. Additionally, he confirmed that the CS300 aircraft with the extra capacity seating option will be available for international operators interested in higher density configurations.
“This is a landmark order for Bombardier Aerospace and its CSeries aircraft, as well as for this premier Russian leasing company,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “IFC’s order confirms that the CSeries aircraft is ideal for a step-change in air travel throughout the CIS and elsewhere in the world.”
Currently, 95 CRJ regional jets and Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft are in service, or on order, in Russia and the CIS. In addition, Bombardier is also exploring sale opportunities for its Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft in Russia and the CIS following the aircraft type approval that was awarded in June 2012 by the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) – commonly known by its Russian acronym, MAK – and subsequent entry-into-service of a Q400 aircraft by Yakutia Airlines from the airline’s base in northeast Russia.
Bombardier CSeries Website here.