Newly-formed lessor Hong Kong Aviation Company is in discussions with Bombardier to place an order for the new CSeries aircraft.
"Hong Kong Aviation Company has initiated discussions with Bombardier to become an active purchaser of the exciting new CSeries family of aircraft," Hong Kong Aviation Company chairman Stewart Smith tells ATI sister publication Commercial Aviation Online.
Smith says the lessor plans to acquire 10 CS100 aircraft, the 110-seat variant, and an initial purchase agreement is scheduled for autumn this year.
"HKAC is committed to investing in aircraft that will bring significant economic, environmental and operational benefits to the fast-growing 100- to 149-seat markets it serves," he comments.
"The CSeries aircraft will fit the bill perfectly, with a 15% reduction in operating costs, greatly reduced emissions and noise, and superior range and comfort over existing aircraft in this class.
"We are confident that the CSeries aircraft will have an enormously positive impact on the commercial airline business when they become available in 2013."
Hong Kong Aviation Company has ties to HNA Group and Bravia Capital Partners.