The Finance executive manager in Sonatrach, Mr. Ali Rezaiguia, has indicated, yesterday during the ratifying of an agreement to buy four planes from the company Bombardier of a value estimated at 84 millions of dollars, that the operation will open the way to adopt a programme allowing, the next years, to buy 41 planes with one billion dollars, with different capacities of transport including planes with 35 seats, 70 seats to planes with a capacity of 130 seats.
The officer, Ali Rezaiguia, added in remarks to reporters that Tassili planned to launch a tender for a further 50 planes at a cost of about $1 billion in about 18 months' time.
Not all to clear about how many additional frames we talk, but somewhere between 41 and 50 seems to be correct. All in all Bombardier seems to be well positioned to win additional orders, and, if it goes ahead, a potential launch customer for the CS130.
[Edited 2006-06-20 17:12:57]