It has been almost a month since we last saw Ross Mitchell in Mirabel. There have been some big changes at the company since that visit. On the sidelines of the 17th Global Airfinance Conference in Dublin we caught up with Mr Mitchell and got to talk about Bombardier in terms of how the year ended and what 2015 is starting to look like.
“We have seen a growing demand for turboprop aircraft worldwide and the Q400 NextGen aircraft is ideally positioned to meet the needs of regional airlines now and in the future. Our customers value the performance, operating efficiency, and flexibility that this aircraft provides,” GECAS president and CEO Norman Liu is quoted as saying in the PR.
Bombardier announced that a customer, which requested to remain unidentified at this time, has signed a firm order for 24 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets. Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $1.14bn.
The CRJ has seen its fuel burn improved 5.5% and remains the lowest weight aircraft in its class. While the CRJ1000 has proven popular outside the USA, the CRJ900 has proven popular within the US market because it falls easily inside the scope clause restriction for regional carriers.