Despite the Dubai show seemingly looking like an Airbus and Boeing tsunami, other orders are coming in. Most notably, an order for 16 CS300s from Iraqi. Iraqi Airways, the national carrier of Iraq, signed an LOI to acquire five CS300s plus options for another 11 CS300.
Bombardier now has booked orders and commitments for 419 CSeries aircraft, including firm orders for 177 CSeries aircraft. Some 16 customers and lessees have joined the CSeries aircraft program.
Bombardier also announced another interesting order from Thai carrier Nok Air which placed a firm order for two Q400NGs and has took options for two additional Q400NGs, as well as purchase rights on four others. Bombardier confirmed that Nok Air will be the launch customer for a new extra capacity seating option, which will allow the Q400NG to accommodate up to 86 passengers. This move puts the Q400 in the 90-seat capacity that ATR is reportedly looking at. Obviously this means the Q400 economics are even more compelling now with the extra seating.
Of course it is not all about the two big brothers, but everybody else’s numbers seem too small. I think the story lies in the other sales successes because they are indicative of the wider health of the industry.