Bahrain International Airshow: Al Qahtani Aviation Company Orders up to 26 Bombardier CSeries Aircraft

General Press Releases Friday January 17, 2014 10:14
SAKHIR, KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN--(Marketwired)--Jan 16, 2014
  • Aircraft to be operated by SaudiGulf Airlines, newly launched national carrier for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Carrier becomes third CSeries aircraft customer in the Middle East

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Dammam-based Al Qahtani Aviation Company has signed a firm purchase agreement for 16 CS300 aircraft with options for an additional 10 CS300 jetliners. The aircraft will be operated by SaudiGulf Airlines, a newly launched national carrier from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al Qahtani Aviation Company and SaudiGulf Airlines are both owned by Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al-Qahtani & Sons Group of Companies (Tariq Al-Qahtani & Bros.).

Based on the list price of the aircraft, the firm order for the 16 CS300 aircraft is valued at approximately $1.21 billion US. Should all 10 options be exercised, the value of the contract would increase to $1.99 billion US.

"This is an exciting time for the aviation industry in the Arab states and neighbouring regions, particularly when you consider that more than 54 million passengers moved through Saudi Arabia's 27 airports last year alone," said Sheikh Tariq Al Qahtani, Chairman, SaudiGulf Airlines. "We are very excited about the CSeries aircraft's suitability for this market and the long-term success it will bring to the region.

"With its clean-sheet design, modern technologies and competitive costs, the CSeries aircraft will give us the opportunity to introduce a new, quality, premium airline and an economically sustainable business model in Saudi Arabia, serving the domestic market, the Gulf and Middle East. SaudiGulf's CSeries aircraft will offer wide and comfortable, leather seats, and in-flight entertainment in first-class, as well as economy-class seats," added Sheikh Tariq.

"We have long been noting that the CSeries aircraft is attracting progressive airlines that are keen on opening new markets and operations," said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "We are thrilled that SaudiGulf Airlines, based in the largest Arab economy - and one with an underserved air travel market - will base the core of its business plan on the CSeries aircraft.

"In addition to supporting SaudiGulf Airlines in the region, the CS300 aircraft will allow for growth into new markets such as the Indian subcontinent and parts of Europe, as the airline seeks to expand its network and give passengers the latest in cabin comfort," added Mr. Arcamone.

CSeries aircraft

Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the 100 per cent new CSeries aircraft family combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines, the CSeries aircraft family will offer a 15* per cent cash operating cost advantage and a 20* per cent fuel burn advantage. With the extra capacity seating option, the CS300 aircraft's productivity further improves, offering airlines an average of four* per cent additional cash operating cost advantage per seat. The CSeries aircraft's clean-sheet design is ensuring that the aircraft will achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, as well as superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 NM (5,463 km)*. The CSeries aircraft will be up to 12,000 lbs. (5,443 kg)* lighter than other aircraft in the same seat category and will provide passengers with a best-in-class, widebody cabin environment in a single-aisle aircraft.

Including the order announced today, Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 445 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 198 CSeries airliners. Some 17 customers and lessees have joined the CSeries aircraft program.

About SaudiGulf Airlines

Based out of King Fahd International Airport, in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, SaudiGulf Airlines will operate domestic and international services from different airports in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The international route network will focus on main capitals in the Middle East and Gulf as well as the Indian subcontinent.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world's only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Note to Editors

Images of CS300 aircraft in the livery of SaudiGulf Airlines are posted with this release in the press releases section at www.bombardier.com . Additional images and videos of CSeries aircraft are available in the CSeries Hub at www.cseries.com . B-roll is available at bcamediafootage.com.

Follow @Bombardier_Aero on Twitter to receive the latest news and updates from Bombardier Aerospace.
To receive our press releases, please visit the RSS Feed section.

* The CSeries aircraft are in the development phase. All data and specifications are estimates, subject to changes in family strategy, branding, capacity and performance during the development, manufacture and certification process. All performance references have been estimated based on a 500-nm North American operating environment and comparisons are to in-production aircraft.

PurePower(R) is a registered trademark of United Technologies Corp. - Pratt & Whitney.
Bombardier, CS300, CSeries and The Evolution of Mobility are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
+1-416-375-3030
marc.duchesne@aero.bombardier.com
www.bombardier.com

Latest Press Release

Indulge in the legendary taste of rice dumpling in original Hong Kong style at Hong Kong Fisherman

Hong Kong Fisherman, a Hong Kong-style Chinese restaurant that has been open for more than 16 years, presents the legendary deliciousness of "rice dumpling" to celebrate the Dragon Boat festival, an important festival of Chinese people for enhancing the...

Photo Release: Education Support

Mr. Jirote Na Nakorn, Managing Director of SGS (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, recently presented 93 education funds, worth 421,000 baht for company staff's children at the SGS Head Office. The...

มกอช. ร่วมประชุม The Netherlands Thailand Roundtable Meeting 2019

ดร.จูอะดี พงศ์มณีรัตน์ เลขาธิการสำนักงานมาตรฐานสินค้าเกษตรและอาหารแห่งชาติ (มกอช.) ร่วมประชุม "Future Challenge of Sustainable Livestock Value Chain in Global Context; The Netherlands – Thailand Roundtable Meeting 2019"...

PEACH Receives Prestigious Thailand Mice Venue Standard Recognition

Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall (PEACH) was recently awarded the prestigious MICE Venue Standard Certificate issued by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). Situated in an unbeatable location with cutting edge meeting facilities,...

Boots Launches The Biggest Sale of The Year, The Incredible SALE With a Variety of Items on Sale to Supercharge and Excite Shopaholics with Cant Miss Mega Discounts

Boots Thailand, a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, is launching their massive special sale campaign of the year – "The Incredible SALE Incredible SALE" – the very first time that Boots is offering a mega sales...

Related Topics