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PARIS 2009: New order plus conversions means 35 CRJ1000s for Air Nostrum

14th June 2009 - 13:03 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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With a new firm order for 15 aircraft announced in Paris, Bombardier Aerospace has confirmed that Air Nostrum has now placed firm orders for a total of 35 CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft.

The announcement reveals the airline as the previously unnamed customer which placed firm orders for 15 CRJ1000s at the time of the type’s launch on 19 February 2007. Though exact delivery dates for these are currently confidential, as a co-launch customer with Brit Air, the airline will begin taking delivery of its CRJ1000s in the first half of 2010.

The new firm order for 15 CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft, announced in Paris, was also previously announced by Bombardier on 19 February 2007 for an unidentified customer – but as a conditional order. Delivery of these 15 aircraft will start in 2014 and continue through to 2016.

Air Nostrum will also convert five remaining CRJ900 aircraft from a firm order for 16 CRJ900s placed in 2004 to CRJ1000s. The other 11 CRJ900s from that order have been delivered.

Based on the list price for the CRJ1000 NextGen, the new firm order for 15 aircraft is valued at approximately $793 million. The total value of Air Nostrum’s orders for 35 CRJ1000s is around $1.75 billion.

“Air Nostrum is proud to be a launch customer for the CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet, which promises the same qualities as the CRJ200 and CRJ900 aircraft that we currently operate,” remarked Carlos Bertomeu, chief executive officer, Air Nostrum.

“Air Nostrum has been a valued Bombardier customer since 1998, and has now placed orders for a total of 100 CRJ and Q Series aircraft,” noted Gary Scott, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Air Nostrum’s recognition as one of Europe’s most outstanding airlines, is a testament to its operational expertise, customer satisfaction, and to the performance and reliability of these Bombardier commercial aircraft.”

With this order, Bombardier now has 64 firm orders for the CRJ1000 NextGen.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net

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