SpiceJet orders 15 Bombardier jetliners

MONTREAL, December 9, 2010 (AFP) – India’s SpiceJet has ordered 15 Bombardier Q400 NextGen regional aircraft valued at 446 million US dollars, the Canadian company announced Thursday. Gary Scott, president of Bombardier’s commercial aircraft division, said he expects India to buy up to 600 aircraft in the 20 to 149 seat category over the next 20 years, and Bombardier hopes to capture “a sizeable portion of those deliveries.” Gurgaon-based low-fare airline SpiceJet also has an option to buy an additional 15 of the turboprop airliners, said a statement.

Its chairman, Kalanithi Maran, said: “India is witnessing substantial growth, and predominant growth is expected from cities and industrial towns which remain underserved.”

Bombardier’s Q400 60- to 80-seat airliners will help the firm increase its reach from 22 destinations in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka to over 60 airports “that could not be served by the larger jets.”