Aircraft to be leased to GoJet Airlines for United Express service
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) will acquire five Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets for subsequent lease to St. Louis, Missouri-based GoJet Airlines for the carrier’s United Express service. Four of the aircraft are conversions of existing GECAS CRJ700 conditional orders and one is a new firm order.
The list price value for the five aircraft on firm order is approximately $154 million US.
“Since we began operations on October 4, 2005 the CRJ700 airliner has more than met our expectations,” said Richard Leach, President and Chief Operating Officer, Trans States Holdings, GoJet’s parent company. “Its operating economics are unbeatable in this class of aircraft and that’s vital in this time of high fuel costs. Economics and passenger comfort are compelling reasons for adding to the fleet.”
“We believe that the CRJ700 and the larger Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft are the most flexible, versatile and cost-effective regional jets in their class,” said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. “More and more airlines around the world are discovering this fact.”
Delivery of the five aircraft to GoJet will increase its CRJ700 fleet to 15 aircraft. The CRJ700 airliner in the United Express configuration has 66 seats – six First Class seats at 37-inch(94 cm) pitch, 28 United Economy PlusSM seats at 34-inch (86.4 cm) pitch and 22 Economy seats at 31-inch (78.7 cm) pitch.
GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) is the commercial aircraft financing and leasing business of General Electric. GECAS has a fleet of 1,400 owned aircraft it leases to more than 225 airlines in some 60 countries, and it manages nearly 300 aircraft for others. GECAS offers a wide range of aircraft types and financing options, including operating leases and secured debt financing, and also offers productivity solutions including spare engine leasing, spare parts financing and management and pilot training. GECAS has offices in 21 cities around the world. For more information, visit www.gecas.com.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2006, were $14.7 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
United Economy Plus is a service mark of United Airlines.
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