25 NOVEMBER 2013
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With flight-testing continuing after the type’s maiden flight on 19 September Iraqi Airways has become the latest airline to sign Letters of Intent for the Bombardier CSeries jet.
The national carrier of Iraq has ordered five of the CS300 version of the aircraft on 19 November, with options for 11 more.
Iraqi Airways already operates six Bombardier regional jets.
“Over the last few years, Iraqi Airways has successfully utilized its CRJ900 NextGen aircraft to open routes and expand into new markets, and today we are pleased to be taking the next step by expanding and complementing our network operations with the addition of the CS300 aircraft”, said Captain Saad Al-Khafaji, Chief Executive Officer and Director General, Iraqi Airways. “Growing passenger demand in an increasingly competitive Middle East and European airline market has created a need for fuel-efficient, comfortable, technology-advanced aircraft like the CSeries jetliners”.
Bombardier now has commitments for 419 CSeries aircraft from 16 customers, including firm orders for 177 aircraft. The first aircraft has made seven flights to date.
The second test aircraft is expected to fly “within weeks”, Bombardier Chief Executive Pierre Beaudoin said in an earnings call. Bombardier will start feeding fight test data to airlines after the second aircraft begins flying, he says. www.cseries.com
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