Bombardier and Mesa Airlines sign firm purchase agreement for seven CRJ900 NextGen aircraft

Enhanced CRJ900 NextGen aircraft will be operated by Mesa under the American Eagle brand, in the American Airlines network / Courtesy: Bombardier.

Enhanced CRJ900 NextGen aircraft will be operated by Mesa under the American Eagle brand, in the American Airlines network / Courtesy: Bombardier.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Mesa Air Group, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona (Mesa Airlines) has signed a firm purchase agreement for seven CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The transaction was concluded on the sidelines of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Americas 2015 conference held in Mesa’s hometown.

Based on the list price of the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $326 million US.

“Coming off the heels of the ISTAT Americas 2015 conference, we are pleased to confirm that Bombardier’s CRJ aircraft continue to be an essential part of Mesa’s growth strategy as we increase flight frequencies, expand partnership agreements and open new routes across North America,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mesa Airlines. “The CRJ900 NextGen aircraft with its advanced technology and enhanced fuel efficiencies remains a reliable and cost-effective regional jet solution for our growing customer base and we look forward to adding this newest iteration to our fleet. We would like to thank our longtime friends at Bombardier for their continued partnership.”

“A relationship 25 years in the making, we are delighted to see that the strong collaboration and mutual support established with Mesa years ago endures today as it remains one of the biggest supporters of our CRJ Series family of aircraft,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CRJ900 NextGen aircraft continues to assert itself as the benchmark in regional aviation and we are seeing the benefits of our most recent investments in the program. We are well positioned to meet operator requirements for many years to come.”

As one of the largest CRJ900 aircraft operators, Mesa Airlines currently operates 57 CRJ900 aircraft with 79 seats in a dual-class interior and 20 CRJ700 with 66 to 70 seats in a three-class interior.

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Bombardier announces American Airlines firm order for 24 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that American Airlines, Inc. (“American”), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., has signed a firm order for 24 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets. This order was announced on December 30, 2014 and followed American exercising 24 of 40 previously booked CRJ900 NextGen aircraft options. The options were originally acquired as part of American’s large regional jet order announced in December 2013.

As previously announced by Bombardier, based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $1.14 billion US.

“We are pleased to add these new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft to our growing fleet and see the award as a reflection of American’s continued confidence in PSA to provide friendly, reliable and cost-effective regional services for American’s customers,” said Dion Flannery, President, PSA Airlines. “We are proudly building, from a foundation of strength, one of the largest regional service providers for the world’s largest airline.”

“Having fostered a relationship that spans over 15 years, Bombardier is proud to once again stand alongside American and its regional subsidiary PSA Airlines as PSA prepares to integrate an additional 24 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft into its all-Bombardier aircraft fleet,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We congratulate American on the success of its merger and are honored to see American’s continued confidence in our CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.

“As the CRJ NextGen family of aircraft re-asserts itself as the benchmark in regional aviation, we are seeing the benefits of our most recent investments in the program; the resulting enhancements to the aircraft have strengthened their performance and reliability, and have positioned them exceedingly well to meet airline requirements in developed and emerging markets for many years to come,” added Mr. Arcamone.

Including this latest order, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,858 CRJ Series aircraft, including 384 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and over 60 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft in more than 50 countries on six continents. CRJ Series aircraft have transported more than 1.5 billion passengers and have logged more than 41 million flight hours and over 34 million takeoffs and landings.

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Bombardier showcases its aircraft and services at Farnborough Airshow

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Bombardier looks forward to its arrival at the 49th edition of the Farnborough International Airshow where it will showcase its iconic and sustainable aircraft and share the latest progress on its new programs with customers, suppliers, government officials and media representatives.

Reflecting the important role the Farnborough Airshow fulfills within the aviation industry, six of Bombardier’s industry-leading aircraft will be on static display. They include the Learjet 75, the Challenger 350, the Challenger 605 and the Global 6000 business jets, as well as the Q400 NextGen turboprop and CRJ900 NextGen regional jet.

In addition, guests will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the future of commercial flight by visiting the Commercial Aircraft Hospitality Lounge, which will house the mock-up of the CSeries airliner’s flight deck and cabin demonstrator. The Global 7000 aircraft mock-up, the largest mock-up built in business aviation, will be open for private viewings during the show at the TAG Farnborough fixed-based operator (FBO) hangar.

Bombardier Business Aircraft:

Bombardier Business Aircraft enjoys a strong leadership position in Europe with an installed base of over 500 business jets, representing one third of the overall business aviation market. Bombardier offers the industry’s largest product portfolio covering the light to ultra long-range segments, including new aircraft such as the Learjet 70, Learjet 75, Learjet 85, Challenger 350, Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft. Since last year, Bombardier has seen the entrance into service of three platforms, the Learjet 70, Learjet 75 and Challenger 350 aircraft, along with the successful unveiling of the Global 7000 aircraft mock-up at EBACE in May this year. With such a product lineup, and focus on innovation, Bombardier is best positioned to respond to the growing travel requirements of its customer base in Europe and worldwide.

Commercial Aircraft:

Bombardier leads the way in the short- and medium-haul markets, creating aircraft that others seek to emulate. The company’s portfolio of aircraft includes the Q400 NextGen aircraft – the most versatile and profitable turboprop available today; the CRJ NextGen regional jets – the most recent models in the world’s most successful family of regional aircraft; and the CSeries aircraft – the only 100 per cent-new, single-aisle aircraft for the 100- to 149-seat market segment. As the only manufacturer that offers three distinct families of optimized turboprop and jet aircraft, Bombardier is well positioned to provide air transport solutions to a diverse array of markets.

As the global demand for air travel and new aircraft continues to shift towards growth markets, representatives from all sales regions will be at the air show to meet with customers and prospects. To date, more than 2,700 Bombardier Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops, CRJ regional jets and CSeries aircraft are in service with, or have been ordered by, over 200 customers and operators around the world.

Dedicated to our customers’ success:

Bombardier always finds more ways to put its customers first. With the grand opening of the Singapore Service Centre this past February and the addition of a Parts Depot and Regional Support Offices for Business and Commercial Aircraft in Johannesburg, Africa, Bombardier is providing its operators with a competitive edge through a steadily growing worldwide aftermarket service network.

Bombardier’s local support networks around the world consist of more than 60 maintenance facilities, 10 wholly owned service centres in Europe, Singapore and the United States, 22 Regional Support Office locations in 13 countries and superior aircraft parts availability sustained by 13 parts facilities on five continents. Bombardier’s team of field service representatives are also available to provide customers with on-site technical support and AOG coordination when required. Bombardier’s unique OEM knowledge is at the heart of its pilot and technical training, which includes real world experienced instructors, sophisticated flight simulators, Flight Training Devices and more.

Aircraft on static display

Learjet 75 aircraft:

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With a maximum range greater than 2,000 nautical miles at cruise speeds up to Mach 0.81, the Learjet 75 aircraft will be able to fly four passengers and two crew members non-stop from Los Angeles to Toronto and Mumbai to Bangkok.* Additionally, it will be able to handle a range close to 1,950 nautical miles with eight passengers.*

Challenger 350 aircraft:

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The Challenger 350 jet boasts class-defining performance, a true seats full, tanks full, 3,200 nm (5,926 km) range and will connect Paris with Lagos*. Building upon the legendary segment defining Challenger 300 jet, it features a state-of-the-art cabin that maximizes natural light and redefines the man-machine interface, all the while maintaining the performance attributes that have become synonymous with the Challenger aircraft family.

Challenger 605 aircraft:

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The revered Challenger 605 jet builds upon the legacy of productivity, quality and reliability of its predecessor, the peerless Challenger 604jet, leading its market share segment throughout the world. Featuring one of the widest stand-up cabins of any large category business jet available today, it can soar six passengers 4,000 nm (7,408 km) from London to Delhi*.

Global 6000 aircraft :

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The Global 6000 jet’s large cabin size and levels of comfort combined with an optional stand-up shower and the Bombardier Vision Flight Deck means it offers a perfect blend of high-speed, range capability and traveler comfort. Offering the latest in technology, this intrepid jet can link Paris with Tokyo, non-stop, with eight passengers and three to four crew.*

Q400 NextGen aircraft:

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Optimized for short-haul operations and seating up to 86 passengers, the aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop that provides the perfect balance of passenger comfort, performance and operational flexibility with the lowest seat-mile costs in the short-haul regional market. With the flexibility to fly at both turboprop and jet-like speeds, the Q400 NextGen aircraft can be profitably deployed over short-range turboprop missions and in medium-haul jet markets. Now available in optional dual class, extra capacity and passenger-cargo combi configurations, the Q400 NextGen aircraft’s versatility positions it to again reshape the turboprop market through profitable growth.

CRJ900 NextGen aircraft:

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As the world’s most successful family of regional aircraft, a CRJ regional jet departs every 10 seconds, linking people and communities together. Optimized for medium-haul regional routes, CRJ NextGen aircraft deliver best-in-class economics and set the benchmark for lowest fuel burn and operating costs. Designed for hub expansion and point-to-point services, the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft can seat up to 90 passengers or be configured with 76 seats in a typical North American layout, featuring extra legroom and comfort. Now delivering up to 5.5 per cent lower fuel burn compared to earlier-generation CRJ900 aircraft, the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft is the perfect tool for operators to develop new markets and increase frequencies.

Commercial Aircraft Hospitality Lounge:

Equipped to support state-of-the-art multimedia entertainment and to keep guests informed about Bombardier’s activities at the air show, the Hospitality Lounge will also house the CSeries aircraft’s flight deck and cabin demonstrator. The flight deck features a number of technologically advanced communication and navigation aids and benefits from the latest avionics. The cabin demonstrator, representing the latest look and feel of the CSeries aircraft interior configuration, features a business class section, an array of economy seats at various seat pitches and optional in-flight video displays.

The Farnborough International Airshow runs from Monday, July 14 to Thursday, July 17 for trade guests and Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20 for public visitors. The Bombardier chalet, which will be located at C1-3, and the Commercial Aircraft Hospitality Lounge will be closed on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20.

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Customer Orders up to 24 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen Aircraft

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Bombardier Aerospace announced today that a customer, who has requested to remain unidentified at this time, has placed a firm order for 16 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and has also taken options for eight additional airliners of the same type.

Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $727 million USD. The value could increase to $1.12 billion USD should the customer exercise its options.

“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,” said Ray Jones, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “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. Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft. The aircraft are operating in over 50 countries on six continents, and 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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Bombardier Delivers First Enhanced CRJ900 NextGen Regional Jet to American Airlines

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Bombardier Aerospace has delivered the first of 30 enhanced CRJ900 NextGen aircraft to American Airlines Group Inc. The aircraft will be operated by American Airlines Group wholly owned subsidiary PSA Airlines, Inc. under the American Eagle brand. The purchase agreement for the aircraft, which was announced in December 2013, also included options on an additional 40 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.

Prior to yesterday’s delivery ceremony, the aircraft was unveiled to American Airlines employees and PSA Airlines employees at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and in Dayton, Ohio. Representatives of the media also had the opportunity to view the aircraft.

American Airlines is the first customer to take delivery of the enhanced CRJ900 NextGen regional jet, which provides up to 5.5 per cent fuel burn reduction over earlier-generation CRJ900 aircraft.

The delivery ceremony at Bombardier’s Mirabel, Québec, facility was attended by senior executives and employees of American Airlines, PSA Airlines, Bombardier and major suppliers to the CRJ Series regional jet program.

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“We look forward to integrating the enhanced CRJ900 NextGen aircraft into our fleet and to expanding service for our customers,” said Keith Houk, President, PSA Airlines. “The new CRJ900 NextGen aircraft will provide us with new opportunities and signal a bright future for PSA.”

“This milestone delivery of the first enhanced CRJ900 NextGen aircraft further cements our long-standing relationship with American Airlines and we are pleased to welcome PSA Airlines as the latest operator to join the CRJ900 NextGen family,” said Ray Jones, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Both airlines have been operating Bombardier aircraft for more than 10 years and have helped the CRJ family of aircraft become the benchmark in regional aviation. We look forward to the aircraft’s imminent entry-into-service and congratulate American Airlines and PSA Airlines as they target their various markets with the right aircraft to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers.”

As of March 31, 2014, Bombardier had recorded firm orders for 1,817 CRJ Series aircraft, including 343 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft. The aircraft are operating in more than 50 countries on six continents, and 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 39 million flight hours and over 32 million takeoffs and landings.

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Bombardier unveils first new American Airlines CRJ900 NextGen regional jet

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Bombardier Aerospace today unveiled the first of 30 enhanced CRJ900 NextGen aircraft ordered by American Airlines Group Inc. in December 2013. The purchase agreement also included options on an additional 40CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The aircraft was unveiled to American Airlines employees and the media during a celebratory event today at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and will be showcased tomorrow in Dayton, Ohio, to team members at American Airlines Group’s ’ wholly owned subsidiary, PSA Airlines, Inc. PSA Airlines will operate the 30 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft under the American Eagle brand.

American Airlines is the first customer to benefit from the latest enhancements to the CRJ900 NextGen regional jet, which provides up to 5,5 per cent fuel burn reduction over earlier-generation CRJ900 aircraft.

“The new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen airliner will optimize our fleet to fly the right size aircraft to the appropriate markets and lower operating costs by replacing older aircraft,” said Kenji Hashimoto, Senior Vice President – Regional Carriers, American Airlines. “With an impressive interior that allows us the flexibility to offer First Class, Main Cabin, as well as additional Main Cabin Extra seats, we are delighted to showcase our first CRJ900 NextGen aircraft in Dallas/Fort Worth and Dayton and look forward to introducing it to our customers later this year.”

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“In addition to offering American Airlines significant fuel cost savings per aircraft, as well as outstanding operational flexibility, the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft will provide customers with an improved experience that includes bright cabins resulting from large windows and LED lighting as well as large overhead bins,” said Ray Jones, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Together with the fuel burn enhancements and upgraded cabin amenities, we are firmly cementing the CRJ NextGen family of aircraft as the benchmark in regional aviation.”

The CRJ900 NextGen aircraft’s advanced technologies include a conic-shaped exhaust nozzle that improves exhaust flow and reduces fuel consumption; various weight-saving initiatives; and a modern six-screen glass cockpit featuring the Rockwell Collins Pro Line IV integrated avionics suite, whose robust open architecture delivers reliable performance with growth capability to meet future communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management requirements.

As of March 31, 2014, Bombardier had recorded firm orders for 1,817 CRJ Series aircraft, including 343 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft. The aircraft are operating in over 50 countries on six continents, and 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 39 million flight hours and over 32 million takeoffs and landings.

Source: Bombardier.