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Much of the buzz at the Paris Air
Show, held at Le Bourget on
20-26 June, surrounded single-
aisle aircra developments.
Hogging the limelight was
Airbus with its re-engined
A320neo, which passed 1,000 orders since its launch
last December. But Canada s Bombardier, too, scored
some signi cant success with its rival product: the all-
e 110- to 130-seat CSeries family is Bombardier s
rst venture into territory hitherto dominated by the
A320 family and Boeing s 737. Being a clean-sheet design
is both an advantage and a disadvantage for the CSeries
compared with the re-engined European narrowbody.
On the one hand, Bombardier can use state-of the
art structural and aerodynamic design techniques and
the latest production technolog y to produce the most
efficient aircraft possible. On the other, customers
may see the aircra as a higher-risk proposition than
the A320neo -- which is a known quantity from a
manufacturer with a great deal of experience in this
An all-new aircraft also requires massive initial
investment from Bombardier, compared with the
investment Airbus will have to improve its best-selling
model. Training and maintenance procedures for the
CSeries will all be new, while the A320neo will o er a
great deal of commonality with airlines current eets.
Yet, despite these concerns, Bombardier gathered some
signi cant orders during Paris -- racking up a rm order
for ten aircra from an unidenti ed European customer
and signing a preliminary agreement with its rst Asian
CSeries customer, Korean Air.
"In June alone, ve new customers joined the CSeries
programme," Bombardier says. "Braathens Aviation and
three unidenti ed customers placed rm orders for 33
CSeries aircra and Korean Air signed a LoI for up to
30 additional CSeries jetliners."
According to the manufacturer, Korean Air has
ambitious plans to mobilize the jets in the Asia-Paci c
region, including adding new routes to China. Alongside
the rm orders placed in June, other commitments --
options and the LoI -- covered an additional 49 aircra .
" e Bombardier Commercial Aircra team couldn t
be more pleased with [the CSeries ] performance at
the show," said Gary Scott, president of Bombardier
Commercial Aircra . "Our new aircra is now sold out
for 2014, with a few remaining slots in 2015, as a result
of our recent momentum."
Including the deals struck in June, Bombardier has
now booked rm orders for a total of 123 of the aircra ,
including 61 units of the 110-seat CS100 model and 62
of the 130-seat CS300. Options to date total 109 aircra .
e CS100 aircra is scheduled to enter revenue ser vice
in 2013, followed by the CS300 in 2014.
Bombardier says the new, anonymous European rm
order was for the smaller CS100. e customer is rst-
time buyer of Bombardier aircra and the order is valued
at approximately US$628 million based on current list
"Low noise and emissions, premium cabin comfort,
and excellent performance are all key factors in this
customer s selection of the CS100 aircra ," Scott said.
" is brings to eight the number of customers committed
to the CSeries aircra programme - all endorsements of
our 100 percent new, game-changing aircra s a p p e a l ."
Bombardier says the CSeries family of aircraft
"combines advanced materials, leading-edge technolog y
and proven methods to meet commercial airline
requirements in 2013 and beyond". Powered by Pratt &
Whitney PW1521G geared turbofan engines, the aircra
will o er a 15 percent cash operating cost advantage and
a 20 percent fuel-burn reduction compared with today s
Lower noise, emission
It will also o er "greatly reduced" noise and emissions,
as well as "superior" operational exibility and air eld
performance, along with range of 2,950 nautical miles
(5,463km). e jetliner will feature "widebody-style
seating in a single-aisle aircra ", Bombardier says.
Other customers for the aircra include : Republic
Airways, with an order for 40 CS300s; Lufthansa,
which has ordered 30 CS100s; Lease Corporation
International, which will take 17 CS300s and three
CS100s; and Braathens Aviation, which has ordered ve
CS100s and ve CS300s. e anonymous orders come
from "a well-established, unidenti ed airline", which
is taking three CS100s and a "major network carrier",
which has ordered 10 CS100s.
Bombardier used the Paris show as an opportunity
CSeries holds its own against rivals
Airbus may be grabbing headlines and orders with its re-engined A320neo, but Bombardier's CSeries is shaping up as
a serious contender in the future single-aisle market, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
"Our new aircraft is now sold out for 2014, with a few
remaining slots in 2015, as a result of our recent momentum."
-- Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Gary Scott
The 118-inch-diameter fan on the Trent XWB
is the largest on a Rolls-Royce engine to date.
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