China Express Airlines (China Express) has placed firm orders with Bombardier for 10 CRJ900 regional jets, taking its total orders for the type with the airframer to 38. The China Express order also takes firm orders for the CRJ900 to 409. The airline has taken delivery of 20 of the type so far and exercised earlier held options for eight aircraft for the latest order.
The latest orders are estimated to be worth $462.6 million at list prices. Wu Longjiang, President, China Express Airlines, said “The CRJ900 is the right aircraft for our cooperation with major airlines on code sharing and connecting flights, as well as cooperation with cities,” adding that it offered excellent economics and reliability.
The CRJ900 offers a 5.5 per cent fuel burn reduction compared to earlier CRJ models and is now operational with more than 20 airlines worldwide. “Our 2015-2034 Commercial Aircraft Market Forecast expects delivery of some 900 60- to 100-seat airliners to China during the forecast period and the CRJ900 regional jet is proving to be a perfect fit in that market segment,” said Andy Solem, Vice President, Sales, China and North Asia, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.