MIAMI — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft said China Express Airlines placed a firm order for 10 additional CRJ900 regional jets, exercising eight options previously acquired for the type.

“Our 2015-2034 Commercial Aircraft Market Forecast expects delivery of some 900 60- to 100-seat airliners to China during the forecast period, and the CRJ900 regional jet is proving to be a perfect fit in that market segment” said Andy Solem, Vice President, Sales, China and North Asia, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Based on the list price of the CRJ900 aircraft, the order announced yesterday is valued at approximately $462.6 million US.

“China Express is committed to providing air services to people in Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities in China. Our mission is to improve the connectivity by air for those communities,” said Wu Longjiang, President, China Express Airlines.” The carrier established in 2006 is specialized in regional services, and is currently serving 62 cities in China.

First Dash 8 Q400 NexGen Combi: Delivered

Besides the CRJ900 order, Bombardier also delivered yesterday to Japan’s Ryukyu Air Commuter (RAC), the first of five Dash 8 Q400 combi aircraft ordered. This new variant of the Q400 turboprop regional aircraft, unveiled at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow, offers up to four different configurations with a seating configuration ranging from 50 to 68 seats, besides up to 1,150 cubic feet of cargo volume. The manufacturer assured that the aircraft’s “Class C” cargo compartments have been designed “to meet the industry’s latest regulations.”

Hugues Lessard, VPGM, Operations, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (right) hands in the symbolic key of the aircraft to Takashi Irei, President, Ryukyu Air Commuter (left) (Credits: Bombardier)
Hugues Lessard, VPGM, Operations, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (right) hands in the symbolic key of the aircraft to Takashi Irei, President, Ryukyu Air Commuter. (Credits: Bombardier)

“We are very excited to be the launch operator for the Q400 cargo-combi aircraft” said Takashi Irei, President, Ryukyu Air Commuter. The Okinawa-based carrier s part of the Japan Airlines Group, operates domestic passenger services from the island of Okinawa to other islands of the Okinawa Prefecture and the Amami Islands in Japan, and relies on the Dash 8-100 as the mainstay of its fleet.

“With the delivery of our first combi aircraft, we are celebrating a standout accomplishment for the Q400 aircraft program” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “By operating on routes with high cargo demand and medium to low passenger loads, RAC will benefit from the unique economic potential of the Q400 cargo-combi aircraft,” added Cromer.

To date, the Q400 has reaped 547 firm orders, and it is part of the fleet in over 60 owners and operators in almost 40 countries, logging over 6 million flight hours and transporting more than 370 million passengers.