China Express Airlines placed a firm $134 million order for three CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, Bombardier said Monday, Dec. 2.
The order includes conditional purchase agreements for five CRJ900 NextGen and options on an additional eight CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Based in Guiyang, Guizhou, the regional passenger carrier's order would increase to $733 million if all options were exercised.
"By 2016, we anticipate that the total number of China Express' routes will reach approximately 90, three times as many as the number of existing routes, and will cover 60 percent of China's regional cities," said Wu Longjiang, president, China Express. "We are confident that our fleet of Bombardier aircraft will be a very efficient and reliable asset in achieving these objectives."
China Express currently operates regional passenger flights with its fleet of five CRJ200 and six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier's commercial aircraft business, said the economics of the CRJ NextGen allows carriers such as China Express to "enter smaller tier-two and tier-three markets," and also said that regional air travel in the country will become more accessible to citizens in more regions.