Libyan Airlines parent Libyan African Aviation has placed a firm order for three Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets with options for three more of the type to support the carrier's fleet renewal programme.

Based on list prices, the firm portion of the contract is valued at about $131.5 million. The value could increase to $267.8 million should all three options be converted to firm orders, says Bombardier.

Libyan Airlines currently operates three CRJ900s and two CRJ900 NextGen aircraft in two-class configuration with seven business-class and 68 economy-class seats.

"The CRJ900 NextGen aircraft will provide lower operating costs, increased passenger comfort and reduced environmental impact compared to Libyan Airlines' older jet aircraft," says Libyan African Aviation chairman Sabri Shadi.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news