Sales of Bombardier’s new CSeries range of aircraft has been boosted by the announcement that a new Maylaysian airline plans to buy 40 CS100 planes in a deal worth up to £2 billion.
Flymojo has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to buy 20 CS100s with options for an additional 20 aircraft and hopes to have the first planes in service by October.
The announcement was made in parallel with the Government of Malaysia’s launch of the new airline.
It will operate from Johor Bahru in the south and Kota Kinabalu in east Malaysia and is now set to become the first customer and operator of the CS100 aircraft in the region.
The deal is the first announced in the weeks since the larger CS300 aircraft completed its maiden flight and is a further conficence boost for the company which has experienced serious delays in bring the plane to market.
The unique composite wings for the class leading aircraft were developed in Belfast and news of the deal was welcomed by Michael Ryan, vice-president and general manager, Bombardier Belfast.
“This is a further endorsement of the aircraft’s game-changing credentials, to which we in Belfast are contributing with the production of the advanced composite wings, using our unique patented composites process,” he said.
“The use of this particular technology to produce aero structures of this size is a world first, and we believe it represents a step change in aircraft wing technology.”
The launch of the new airline was announced at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition in Malaysia, attended by flymojo chairman Alies Anor Abdul and managing director Janardhanan Gopala Krishnan and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft regional vice presidents, Frank Baistrocchi and Andy Solem.
“With its strategic market footing and unique operations, flymojo is an ideal match for the all-new CS100 jetliner,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“The CSeries family of aircraft will enable new airlines such as flymojo to cover markets efficiently thanks to its exceptional economics, operational flexibility and widebody comfort, coupled with an unmatched environmental and noise footprint.
“The CSeries family of aircraft’s game-changing technology, and its two models; the CS100 and CS300 jetliners provide airlines the capability for natural progression in terms of market coverage and passenger capacity.”
Bombardier now has firm orders and commitments for 603 CSeries aircraft, with the CS300 due to follow the CS100 into service early in 2016.