Delta places $5.6 billion order with Bombardier

MONTREAL (KSNW) – Bombardier reports Delta Airlines has placed an order worth $5.6 billion. The jet maker released a statement Thursday morning that says Delta has placed a firm order for 75 CS100 aircraft with the option to add 50 more.

Delta has the option to change some of the order to CS300 aircraft if needed.

According to Bombardier, the single-aisle aircraft is equipped with 19 inch wide armchairs, large overhead bins for each passenger and larger windows. The company claims the CS100 aircraft are the quietest commercial jets in their class.

“As we reshape our fleet for the future, the innovative onboard experience of the C Series is a perfect complement for the top-notch service provided every day by Delta people,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s incoming chief executive. “These new aircraft are a solid investment, allowing us to take advantage of superior operating economics, network flexibility and best-in-class fuel performance.”

“Welcoming Delta Air Lines to the C Series family of operators is a watershed moment for our game-changing aircraft. As an industry leader, Delta consistently ranks first with customers, business leaders and its peers – a benchmark for operational performance,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “This order is a resounding endorsement of the CS100 aircraft performance and its exceptionally low operating costs. In addition, its widest aisle, widest seats and largest bins in its class will be attractive features for Delta’s passengers.”

Bombardier reports the order is the largest in the company’s 74-year history. Deliveries are expected to begin in Spring 2018.

Testing for the C Series takes place af the Flight Test Centre in Wichita.

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