Bombardier announced on July 7th, 2012, that China Express Airlines converted a previously announced conditional order for six CRJ900 NextGen regional jets to a firm order for the aircraft. The agreement also includes options on five CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
Bombardier had announced on October 26, 2011, that a Chinese airline, which at that time wished to be unidentified, had placed a conditional order for CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. In February of 2012, Bombardier confirmed the order with China Express Airlines. The airline will be the first to operate CRJ900 aircraft in China.
In total Bombardier has firm orders for 1,735 CRJ Series aircraft, including 274 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft.
CRJs are operating in over 50 countries on six continents, and, on average, a CRJ aircraft takes off every ten seconds somewhere in the world. CRJs have transported more than 1.2 billion passengers and have logged more than 33 million flight hours and over 28 million takeoffs and landings during the program’s history.