Bombardier says China Express Air orders 16 planes

Sun Nov 9, 2014 8:33pm EST
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BEIJING (Reuters) - China Express Airlines has placed a firm order for 16 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets from Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO: Quote), the Canadian firm said in a statement late on Sunday.

China Express has also taken an option for another 8 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets, it added.

The agreement was signed in Beijing on the sidelines of a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders and chief executives.

Bombardier, which competes with Embraer SA (EMBR3.SA: Quote), currently has about 35 CRJ and CRJ NextGen regional jets in service in the Greater China area.

China Express is a private regional airline based in Guizhou province.

(Reporting by Fang Yan and Matthew Miller in BEIJING; Editing by Miral Fahmy)

A plane flies over a Bombardier plant in Montreal, January 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Christinne Muschi