Bombardier nets Gulf Air order

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Bahrain's governmental tender board has revealed an agreement to supply Bombardier regional jets, likely to be CSeries aircraft, to flag-carrier Gulf Air.

The award is detailed in the board's latest update, dated April 2011, which states that Bombardier is the successful bidder under a tender worth $328 million.

The acquisition of Bombardier regional aircraft is significant since the carrier has operated two new Embraer 170s and two new Embraer 190s since last year. According to Flightglobal's ACAS database the four aircraft are under operating lease for a period of eight years.

gulf air embraer 190, baoluo/airteamimages.com
 © BaoLuo/AirTeamImages.com

No details are given as to the aircraft type purchased, but Gulf Air has long been rumoured to be ready to order Bombardier's new twinjet.

Bombardier announced three CSeries orders in June from customers that wished to remain unidentified. The first announcement early in the month was for six CS100s. This was followed by orders at the Paris air show for 10 CS100s plus six options and another order for a further 10 CS100s.

The Canadian airframer has not announced any recent orders for its CRJ regional aircraft.

Gulf Air did not comment on the regional jet purchase.