Bombardier announced on January 16, 2014 that Al Qahtani Aviation Company signed a firm purchase agreement for 16 CS300 aircraft with options for an additional 10 CS300 aircraft. The aircraft will be operated by SaudiGulf Airlines, a newly launched national carrier which will serve the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The airline will be based out of King Fahd International Airport and SaudiGulf Airlines plans to operate domestic and international services as well from different airports in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the airline’s international route network focusing on capitals in the Middle East and Gulf as well as the Indian subcontinent.
Including this order, Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 445 CSeries aircraft, which includes firm orders for 198 CSeries airliners. Some 17 customers and lessees have joined the CSeries aircraft program.