Posted on Thursday 11 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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Bombardier has announced an order for up to 30 of its new CSeries planes.

Canadian company Porter Airlines has placed a conditional purchase agreement for 12 CS100 airliners, with options for an additional 18 CS100 aircraft, as well as purchase rights on six of the manufacturer’s Q400 NextGen aircraft.

The wings of the CSeries aircraft were designed and are being manufactured at Bombardier’s purpose built factory in Belfast.

The parties also disclosed that Porter Airlines is the unidentified, Americas-based customer that signed a Letter of Intent for CS100 aircraft as announced by Bombardier in December 2012.

Based on the list price of the CS100 airliner, a firm-order contract would be valued at approximately $870m and could increase to $2.08bn should the 18 options also be converted to firm orders.

Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said: “The worldwide momentum of interest for the CSeries aircraft program continues to grow and we are pleased that customers in both our traditional and growth markets are exploring opportunities and centering business cases around the use of Bombardier’s CSeries jetliners and pairing them with their Q400 aircraft operation. We look forward to seeing the technologically advanced CS100 aircraft take to the skies in Canada and its neighbouring regions alongside Porter’s existing fleet of 26 Q400 aircraft.”

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