CRJ deliveries continue falling


In 2011, Bombardier delivered 46 CRJs to airlines worldwide - 13 CRJ700s, 16 CRJ900s, and 17 CRJ1000s. As of September 12, 2012, Bombardier has delivered only 5 CRJs to airlines for 2012 - 1 CRJ700, 1 CRJ900,and 3 CRJ1000s. The regional jet market has come a long way in a short amount of time. It was less than 10 years ago that deliveries were being measured in hundreds.

While there are 66 airline-bound CRJs left on order, many of them are not expected to be delivered, at least not in the near future.

Tartarstan Airlines, which placed an order for 10 CRJ900s in 2007, took delivery of only two aircraft, both in 2007. Neither entered service and the remaining eight are not expected to be delivered.

Air Nostrum has 25 CRJ1000s remaining from the 35 it has ordered. However, none have been delivered since February 2012.

Felix Airways took delivery of two of its eight CRJ700s it ordered in 2008, but it has not received any since late 2008 and is not expected to take delivery of its remaining six.

Iraqi Airways, through the Iraqi Government, ordered four CRJ900s in April 2008, but has yet to take delivery of any.

Adria Airways has one CRJ900 remaining from an order it placed in 2007, but is not expected to take delivery of it.

While two-thirds of Bombardier's backlog could be considered "stale" with orders for aircraft that will likely not be fulfilled anytime soon, if at all, its saving grace are the recent orders for 26 CRJs placed by Garuda (both directly and through Nordic Aviation Capital), Rwandair Express, and China Express Airlines. These orders are expected to help Bombardier keep airliner deliveries flowing, albeit at a trickle, until first delivery of the CSeries in late 2013.


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