AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes Eyeing The Bombardier CSeries
The group does lack an aircraft smaller than their 180 seat A320
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August 24 2017 -17:36 by Benjamin Bearup
MIAMI — Speaking to a gaggle of reporters after a press conference in Montreal, Canada, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said AirAsia was considering purchasing the Bombardier CSeries.
Earlier in the day, Bombardier took Fernandes on a CSeries demonstration flight to showcase the next generation aircraft. The news, first reported by Reuters, would give the CSeries program a much-needed boost. The last order for the CSeries came all the way back in April of 2016 when Delta Air Lines placed an order for 75 CS100s.
"For Bombardier, having an order from Air Asia would confirm the value proposition of how much savings the CSeries offers in light of its purchase price and fleet introduction cost. This would confirm a lower seat cost along with a quick turnaround at airports, meaning more flights per day. AirAsia would be a key transaction confirming the CSeries in the low-cost carrier market," said Sylvain Faust, Founder of FliegerFaust.com.
Should AirAsia order the CSeries, we predict the order would be sizable. Throughout its history, AirAsia has traditionally ordered aircraft in large quantities. In June of 2011, AirAsia ordered 200 A320neos at a list price of $18.5 billion. The order was the largest A320 order at the time. The airline once again opened up its wallet in July of 2016 when they ordered 100 A321neos for $12.5 billion at list price.
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