Bombardier Aerospace has announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Northwest Airlines for the sale of 75 firm Bombardier CRJ440 aircraft in a deal worth US$1.68 billion.
The Bombardier CRJ440 is a 44-passenger variant of the 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 Series regional jet.
The airline has also taken options and purchase rights on an additional 175 CRJ440 aircraft. The agreement also provides Northwest with the flexibility to substitute 50-seat CRJ aircraft for the 44-seat variant.
Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2002 and extend to 2005.
Bombardier has worked with Northwest Airlines to design a 44-passenger variant of the 50-passenger CRJ200 Series aircraft. Incorporating customer driven modifications, this CRJ model is said to match Northwest’s route network and market needs.
In February 1999, Northwest Airlines placed firm orders for 54 Bombardier CRJ200 Series aircraft. To date, 20 aircraft have been delivered with the remaining 34 aircraft to be delivered over the next three years.