Posted on Tuesday 1 July 2014 by Ulster Business

Bombardier bags regional jet order worth over  1bn

The centre fuselage, engine housing and wing components of the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen are made at the company's Belfast base

Bombardier Aerospace has secured an order potentially worth over $1bn which will help secure the future of the company’s Northern Ireland plant.

The Canadian company said a customer which wanted to remain anonymous has placed a firm order for 16 CRJ900 NextGen regional aircraft - capable of carrying up to 90 passengers – as well as options for a further eight.

That’s good news for the company’s base here as Bombardier Belfast is responsible for the detailed design and manufacture of the complete centre fuselage, nacelles (engine housing) and wing components for the airplane.

Based on the list price the firm orders are worth $727m but if the customer also exercises the options the deal would be worth $1.12bn.

Ray Jones, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft said the aircraft’s efficiency is proving popular.

“Bombardier’s CRJ900 NextGen airliner was already recognized for the strength and reliability of its performance and as the most cost-efficient jet aircraft in its class.

With the most recent enhancements to the aircraft, we have raised the bar on performance once again, reducing the CRJ900 NextGen airliner’s fuel burn by up to 5.5 per cent compared to earlier-generation CRJ900 aircraft, and making it the ideal tool for operators to develop new markets and increase frequencies.”

Including this latest order, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,833 CRJ Series aircraft, including 359 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.

On average, a CRJ aircraft takes off every 10 seconds somewhere in the world. CRJ Series aircraft have transported more than 1.4 billion passengers and have logged more than 38 million flight hours and over 32 million takeoffs and landings.

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