Bombardier Aerospace announced today that GoJet Airlines of St. Louis, Missouri has placed a firm order for 10 Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets, and has taken options on an additional 40 CRJ700 aircraft. GoJet is a subsidiary of Trans States Holdings, Inc. and will operate the aircraft under the United Express banner.
The firm order is valued at approximately $317 million US. The value could rise to $1.61 billion US if all options are exercised.
"The outstanding economics, performance and passenger appeal of the Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft made a compelling argument in favor of its selection for GoJet," said Richard Leach, president of Trans States Holdings. "The CRJ700 airliner will allow us to continue to provide exceptional operational excellence with a cost efficient aircraft that delivers for major airline partners like United."
"We are delighted with GoJet's selection of the CRJ700 aircraft for its 70-seat class regional jet," said Steven Ridolfi, president, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "The CRJ700 is enjoying tremendous success around the world because of its superior operating costs, operational flexibility and cabin comfort. We are confident that GoJet will experience the same satisfaction and success with the aircraft."
GoJet's CRJ700 aircraft will have 66 passenger seats in three classes: six First Class seats at 37-inch (94 cm) pitch, 28 Economy Plus(r)* seats at 34-inch (86.4 cm) pitch and 32 Economy seats at 31-inch (78.7 cm) pitch.
As of January 31, 2005 Bombardier had delivered 1,224 CRJ aircraft to customers in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.
Trans States Holdings is also the parent company of Trans States Airlines. Trans States Airlines operates as AmericanConnection, US Airways Express, and United Express.
* Economy Plus is a registered trademark of United Air Lines, Inc.
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