FRENCH REGIONAL carrier Brit air has placed a repeat order for three Canadair Regional Jets from Bombardier Regional Aircraft. The contract, worth $60 million, was signed at the show.

The deal increases Brit air's total Regional Jet fleet to nine aircraft. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in November, with the last handed over by mid-1998.

The airline has introduced the aircraft on longer-haul routes as passenger load factors have grown.

Brit air president Xavier Leclercq says that five Regional Jets are operated on routes supporting Air France, while one is committed to Brit air services.

Bombardier has had a 16% growth in deliveries over the last two years. Deliveries during the first half of this year of regional and corporate jets and turboprops rose to 67 compared with 48 in the same period of 1995.

Source: Flight International