Swiss International Air Lines is the launch customer for the Bombardier CSeries with a firm order for 30 narrowbodies.
The Lufthansa supervisory board approved the deal yesterday for its subsidiary.
The first 20 CSeries will be used to replace 20 Avro RJ100s and are due to be fielded in 2014 and 2015. A follow-on tranche of 10 more of the aircraft would start entering service in 2016 for further growth, Swiss says. The deal also includes options for 30 more aircraft, notes Pratt & Whitney, the aircraft engine supplier.
The aircraft, with around 115 seats, will be used for short-haul operations.
Per seat costs will be 10 percent lower than on the RJ100s, the airline says. Moreover, the fuel consumption will be 25% lower with the CSeries than the current aircraft type, the airline estimates.