Bombardier Aerospace has announced that Air Wisconsin has placed a firm order for six additional 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet aircraft as a result of its recently inaugurated code share relationship with AirTran Airways.
The transaction, valued at $140 million, is said to represent the conversion of six of the 26 conditional orders currently held by Appleton, Wisconsin-based Air Wisconsin. It increases the airline’s firm orders to 64, of which 27 aircraft have been delivered. Air Wisconsin retains 20 conditional orders, and 75 options on Bombardier CRJ aircraft.
Air Wisconsin’s Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft serve United Airlines hubs at Denver, Chicago, Washington and Los Angeles under the United Express banner and the AirTran Airways hub at Atlanta as AirTran JetConnect.
‘The Bombardier CRJ gives us the performance necessary to operate effectively and economically in the challenging hot and high altitude environment at Denver as well as the complex air traffic environments at Chicago O’Hare and Atlanta Hartsfield International Airports,’ said Geoff Crowley, chairman and CEO, Air Wisconsin.
‘Larger airlines are continuing to turn to their regional partners for profitable service in many markets,’ said John Giraudy, president, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. ‘Air Wisconsin’s agreement with AirTran Airways now extends Bombardier CRJ service to the networks of low-fare carriers for the first time.’