BOMBARDIER Aerospace has announced on Wednesday evening that an airline based in the Americas is close to signing an order for up to 30 planes.
The Candian owners say the company has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire 12 CS100 airliners with options on a further 18.
However, the airline at the centre of the possible deal has asked that its name not be disclosed.
A firm order for 12 CS100 airliners would be valued at around US 870 million dollars.
However, that could rise to$2.08 billion US dollars should the company opt for 18 more planes.
“We are thrilled with the worldwide momentum of interest being shown for the CSeries aircraft program,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“And we are pleased that customers in both our traditional aviation markets and growth markets are exploring opportunities and centering business cases around the use of the CSeries jetliners.
“As the CS100 aircraft readies for a milestone year of firsts, we look forward to welcoming yet another customer to the CSeries aircraft family.
This customer selected the CS100 jetliners based on the flexibility and superior operational efficiencies offered only by the CSeries aircraft family.”
Since September 30 this year, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments for 352 CSeries aircraft that include firm orders for 138 CSeries airliners.
The 14 customers that have joined the CSeries aircraft program – nine with firm orders – include major network carriers, national and premier carriers, low-cost airlines, leasing companies and a full service provider to airline partners.
The wings for the first CSeries flight test vehicle (FTV1) are being mated to the fuselage at the company’s final assembly facility in Mirabel, Québec, after arriving from Bombardier Aerospace Belfast in December.
Assembly of FTV1 is progressing smoothly in preparation for first flight by the end of June 2013. Additionally, assembly of the Complete Airframe Static Test (CAST) article for the CSeries aircraft is complete and the instrumentation and loading system is being finalized for the start of airframe tests in January.