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Bombardier Sells Four CRJ700 Jets

Company sold four CRJ700 regional jets to an unnamed airline, which took options on four additional planes, and three Q400 turboprop airliners to All Nippon Airways.

TORONTO (CP) -- Bombardier Aerospace has announced a sale of four CRJ700 regional jets to an unnamed airline, which took options on four additional planes.

Bombardier also said Monday that All Nippon Airways is exercising options to buy three Q400 turboprop airliners.

The CRJ firm order is valued at US$146 million, and the options could raise the value of the sale to US$302 million, Bombardier said.

The deal, with a customer who asked to remain unidentified, increases firm orders for the so-called NextGen series of regional jets to 213 from 19 clients.

The Q400 order from All Nippon Airways, worth about US$80 million, comes less than a month after Japanese transport investigators determined that an error by Bombardier maintenance workers led to a highly publicized Q400 landing without a nosewheel in March 2007.

No one was hurt when the All Nippon plane landed at Kochi in western Japan, as the pilot kept the nose up until the plane slowed and then set it down in a spray of sparks, but video of the incident was shown worldwide and dented Bombardier's reputation.

The Japanese probe concluded last month that workers had failed to attach a bolt while repairing the front landing-gear doors of the Q400.

''We are pleased to extend our relationship with Bombardier Aerospace with these aircraft acquisitions,'' Tomohiro Hidema, executive vice-president at All Nippon Airways, stated Monday.

''We are using the Q400 airliner on several routes resulting in a significant saving in operation costs.''

In March, All Nippon placed the first order for Mitsubishi's planned jet, the first made-in-Japan passenger aircraft in three decades and a new competitor for Bombardier's CRJ series.