Canada's Bombardier finds major new customer for jet

20th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Canadian planemaker Bombardier has struck a deal to sell its new C-series to a major airline, which will become the first firm to receive delivery of the regional jet, the firm said Monday.

The company had alreay agreed to supply the modern, fuel-efficient plane to several regional companies, but announced at the Paris International Air Show that it now has a $616 million order from a "major network carrier".

This firm order for ten planes could expand to $1.01 billion (0.71 billion euros) if options for six more CS100 aircraft are excercised, said Gary Scott, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Bombardier plans to begin delivery of the C-series in 2013 and boasts that the new generation small jets will have 20 percent lower fuel consumption than current models.

© 2011 AFP

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