June 16, 2009 -- LE BOURGET -- Brit Air has firmed up engine orders for six Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen jetliners, powered by GE Aviation's CF34-8 engines. The order was initially announced by Bombardier in October 2008. The total aircraft and engine order is valued at approximately $300 million list price.
Brit Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air France, is one of four launch customers for the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft program. The airline's fleet currently includes 15 Bombardier CRJ100 and 15 Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets, all powered by CF34 engines.
"We are very pleased that Brit Air is depending upon our highly reliable CF34 engines to power its new aircraft fleet," said David Joyce, President and CEO of GE Aviation. �€�This order demonstrates Brit Air's continuing commitment to GE's technologically advanced products."
The CRJ1000 will be offered with the CF34-8C5, -8C5A1, and -8C5A2 engine models. The -8C5A2, the latest version, is scheduled to enter revenue service in 2010. For the CRJ1000, the engines feature a new first-stage, high-pressure turbine nozzle and other enhancements for durability and is targeted to deliver up to 10 percent lower engine maintenance costs. The -8C5A2 will be rated at the same 14,510 pounds of thrust as the original -8C5, but with greater thrust capability at takeoff.
Source: Brit Air Orders CF34-8-Powered Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen Aircraft
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