Bombardier Aerospace has taken a step closer to achieving its goal of securing 300 orders for the CSeries before service entry with the announcement that Turkey's Atlasjet has signed a letter of intent to acquire 10 CS300 twinjets and taken options on a further five of the type.
The deal is expected to be firmed before the end of the year, said Bombardier senior vice-president of sales Chet Fuller during a press briefing at the Dubai air show.
Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2016 and end around the middle of 2017.
Atlasjet, a low-cost scheduled and charter carrier, intends to offer an all-economy class configuration on its CS300s, but has not yet detailed the density or its planned service offering. Atlasjet executives did not take questions from press during the briefing, but chairman Murat Ersoy in a statement said: "There are several reasons why we selected Bombardier's all-new CS300 aircraft.
"The CS300 aircraft has the best economics in its class; it is well suited for our unique operations in hot temperature environments; and, based on its performance and economics, it will return the highest profitability in strategic markets. With its offering of widebody comfort in a single-aisle aircraft, it is the right-sized platform for us."
To date, Bombardier has booked firm orders for 133 CSeries airliners. The 110-seat CS100 is expected to enter into service at the end of 2013, followed one year later by the CS300. Bombardier said the programme remains on track, but admitted it has used up some of its schedule buffers.