Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has signed a contract with Korean Air for at least 10 of its new C Series aircraft.

Korean Air is the first airline in Asia to sign up for the new single-aisle planes.

The airline has signed a firm order for 10 CS300 aircraft, with options to purchase on a further 20.

Designed to seat between 100 and 149 passengers, Bombardier’s new C Series aircraft will rival Airbus and Boeing’s smallest aircraft.

Won Tae Cho, Korean Air’s executive VP, planning and strategy, said Korean Air is embarking on a route expansion program into surrounding markets, including China.

“Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft provides a seamless fit with our wide body fleet,” he said.

“The CSeries aircraft’s economic, technological and environmental credentials are key factors driving our intent to acquire them.”

Deliveries of the new aircraft are expected to start in 2014.

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