On December 2nd, 2013, Bombardier announced today that China Express Airlines placed a firm order for three CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, conditional purchase agreements for five CRJ900 NextGen aircraft and options on eight CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. China Express currently operates a fleet of five CRJ200 aircraft and six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
As of September 30th, 2013, Bombardier had firm orders for 1,779 CRJ aircraft including 306 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, CRJ aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 corporate operators. The aircraft operate in over 50 countries on six continents and on average a CRJ aircraft takes off every 10 seconds somewhere in the world. CRJs have transported more than 1.4 billion passengers and have logged more than 38 million flight hours and over 32 million takeoffs and landings.