Bombardier CEO says Paris “not critical” to CSeries
Bombardier Inc Chief Executive Alain Bellemare played down on Monday the importance of the CSeries jet's Paris Airshow debut, saying the event is not critical to the success of the new narrow-body jet.
The CSeries is nearing certification after years of delays and cost overruns, and two test planes will be at Paris, the jet’s first air show appearance.
“Paris, to be honest with you, it’s one milestone, but it’s not that critical,” Bellemare said in an interview. “It’s a few days in a year. It’s a few days in the life of a 20-, 25-year program.”
Bellemare, who took over as chief executive of the Canadian company in February, did not say whether Bombardier was expecting to announce new orders at the event, seen as a key sales opportunity for plane makers. | READ MORE