Bombardier Aerospace announced on Monday that Lease Corporation International Aviation Limited has signed a firm purchase agreement for three CS100 and 17 CS300 jetliners. The purchaser, which also took options on a further 20 CSeries aircraft, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lease Corporation International Limited (LCI). LCI is a privately owned aircraft leasing company that owns and leases planes to major airlines. LCI customers to date include Air France, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, British Airways, Finnair, GOL, Hainan Airlines, Hongkong Express, Iberia, Kingfisher Airlines, Oman Air, SAS, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, TAP Portugal, Thomas Cook and Virgin Atlantic.
The 110-seat and 130-seat CSeries family of aircraft brings fourth-generation aerodynamics; increased use of composites and advanced aluminium alloys in structures; the very latest in system technologies, such as fly-by-wire, electric brakes, and a next-generation engine – the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1000G engine. PurePower represents a significant breakthrough in turbofan technology, especially on the environmental front where it will set new benchmarks from dramatically reduced fuel burn, noise, and emissions.