Bombardier Aerospace announced (01-Jun-2011) Braathens Leasing Limited, a member of Braathens Aviation of Sweden, placed a firm order for five CS100 and five CS300 aircraft. Braathens also took options on an additional 10 CSeries aircraft. Based on list prices, the firm order contract is valued at approximately USD665 million. That could increase to approximately USD1.37 billion if the 10 options are converted to firm orders. The CSeries aircraft will be operated by Braathens Aviation member Malmö Aviation from its base at the Bromma-Stockholm City Airport. Malmö Aviation operates 12 aircraft and intends to renew its fleet and explore new business opportunities with its CSeries aircraft starting in 2014. [more]
Bombardier sells 10 CSeries to Sweden's Braathens Aviation
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