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regional jet order from Garuda Indonesia, with the
carrier agreeing to buy 18 CRJ1000s. Garuda will be
the launch customer for the CRJ1000 in the Asia-
Paci c region.
" e Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen airliner s
superior economics, outstanding fuel economy
and excellent passenger comfort ideally meet our
requirement for 100-seat aircra to ser vice domestic
and regional markets from five regional hubs,"
said Emirsyah Satar, Garuda s president and chief
executive o cer. " e addition of the CRJ1000
NextGen aircra will be integral to our network
expansion and growth markets."
e deal is valued is valued at US$297 million, and
the carrier has also taken options on 18 additional
aircra . Of the 18 rm orders, six will be purchased
directly by the airline and 12 will be acquired by the
Scandinavian lessor Nordic Aviation Capital, which
has an o ce in Singapore. e aircra will be based
in regional cities such as Balikpapa, Makassar and
Medan. Garuda and Bombardier will also be setting
up a maintenance venture, following on from the deal.
The show also marked the debut of the
manufacturer s new Vice-President of commercial
aircra sales for the Asia-Paci c region, Torbjorn
" is is a great deal for us and frankly it s a great
deal for Garuda too," Karlsson said. " e aircra is
the right size -- perfect for secondary routes."
Karlsson says that whereas Europe and North
America started with small aircra and then went
to larger units, the Asia-Paci c region appears to be
doing the opposite. "It s been opened up by the low-
cost carriers," he says.
As it steps up its efforts to sell the all-new
CSeries airliner into Asia, as well as regional jets
and turboprops, Bombardier is beefing up its
local presence with a new regional headquarters
in Singapore. "By the end of the year we ll have 75
percent of our sales force outside of North America.
Two years ago it was 15 percent," Karlsson says.
Bombardier will no doubt be hoping to put a dent
into ATR s success in the region -- the Franco-Italian
manufacturer has had a great run in the region in
recent years. is continued at the show, where Lion
Air subsidiary Wings Air signed a deal that makes it
the largest ATR operator in the world.
Wings Air agreed to purchase 27 ATR 72-600
aircra , which will bring its total eet to 60 ATR
72-500s/-600s once they are all delivered by the
end of 2015. Wings Air introduced its rst ATRs in
January 2010 and now operates a eet of 16 ATR 72-
500s across its domestic network in Indonesia.
e carrier used its ATRs to feed into Lion Air s
network at airports including Surabaya, Yogyakarta,
Denpasar, Medan, Batam, Makasar, Ambon and
Japan s Mitsubishi Aircra , meanwhile, warned that
it will be announcing a delay to its MRJ programme
at some point over the next two-to-three months. e
rst MRJ was scheduled to y later this year, with
entry into ser vice planned for 2014.
"When you are trying to develop a game-changing
aircra , you will always face some challenges," said
Hitoshi Iwasa, the manufacturer s vice-president
of sales and marketing, adding that the delay was
triggered by a combination of factors rather than
one single event.
Iwasa said that the manufacturer still has several
"very good" ongoing sales campaigns, and may give
the go-ahead to a stretched version of the MRJ once
the rst ight test is completed.
Among engine manufacturers, Pratt & Whitney had
a busy show, racking up 171 orders for its PurePower
geared turbofan engines. Pratt announced a deal
with India s Go Airlines for 144 engines to power the
carrier s order for 72 Airbus A320neo aircra .
is announcement followed swi ly on from an order
from TransAsia Air ways for 27 engines for its A321neo
aircra . TransAsia also ordered V2500 engines from
IAE for six current-production A321s. Korean Air,
meanwhile, selected Pratt & Whitney s PW4170 engine
to power ve new twin-aisle Airbus A330s.
Rival manufacturer Rolls-Royce also won an A330
order. e UK-based company s Trent 700 was chosen
to power up to eight A330-300s that Cebu Paci c Air
is using to launch low-cost long-haul ights. CFM
International, of course, will power the Lion Air 737
MAXs with its LEAP-1B.
Alongside order announcements, this year s
show was just as much about strategic investments,
facility openings and other developments to
support the rapid growth of the Asia-Paci c airline
and business aviation eets. For once, the formerly
sleepy backwater of Seletar was capturing some of the
limelight from Changi.
Singapore is developing this former Royal Air
Force base, which still has a few pre-war hangars le
(although not for much longer) into an aerospace
industry cluster. Seletar Aerospace Park, as it is
known, saw a clutch of major openings, ground
breakings or similar ceremonial events.
e largest of there was the opening of the Rolls-
Royce campus (see page 29) that is e ectively the
agship facility of the park. Pratt & Whitney has also
nally committed to the location. e global nancial
crisis previously forced the US engine manufacturer
put its plans to build a facility in Seletar on hold, but
the company announced at this year s show that it
has begun construction on a 15,000 square-metre
(160,000 square-foot) site.
e facility is being built for Pratt & Whitney
Global Ser vice Partners and will include an o ce
area housing production management, various
support functions and Global Ser vices Engineering
-- Asia, which provides a ermarket repair ser vices. It
is expected to be ready for initial occupancy during
the rst quarter of next year.
ere was plenty else happening at Seletar, with
new next-door neighbours Fokker Ser vices and
Hawker Paci c holding events on consecutive nights
(see page 16) as the business aviation community
cemented its position in the park.
"By the end of the year we'll have 75 percent of our sales force
outside of North America. Two years ago it was 15 percent."
-- Torbjorn Karlsson, Bombardier VP of commercial aircraft sales
for the Asia-Pacific region
Singapore Show Report
Indonesia's Wings Air signed a deal at the show that
makes it the largest ATR turboprop operator in the world.
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