‘Watershed moment’ for Bombardier as Delta signs up for CS100


Ed Bastian, Chief Executive, Delta Air Lines
Ed Bastian, Chief Executive, Delta Air Lines, said “the innovative onboard experience of the C Series is a perfect complement for the top-notch service provided every day by Delta people”.

Delta Air Lines has become the first US airline to place an order for Bombardier’s new C Series aircraft, in a deal that looks set to have positive implications for passengers on Delta’s regional services.

The carrier has placed a firm order for 75 CS100 aircraft with options for 50 more, and has the flexibility to choose to convert a number of these aircraft into CS300 orders at a later date. Deliveries are scheduled to start in spring 2018.

Based on the list price of the CS100, the firm order is valued at approximately $5.6 billion and is a huge coup for Bombardier, which has been actively pursuing a major US-based customer since the launch of the C Series programme.

Ed Bastian, Delta’s Chief Executive, commented: “As we reshape our fleet for the future, the innovative onboard experience of the C Series is a perfect complement for the top-notch service provided every day by Delta people. These new aircraft are a solid investment, allowing us to take advantage of superior operating economics, network flexibility and best-in-class fuel performance.”

Fred Cromer, President of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, described the deal with Delta as a “watershed moment” and stated that the order is a “resounding endorsement of the CS100”. He added: “In addition, its widest aisle, widest seats and largest bins in its class will be attractive features for Delta’s passengers.”