Bombardier hoping CSeries makes splash in Paris
Montreal - Bombardier is playing down expectations it will announce a swell of new orders for its new C Series airliner at the Paris air show next month as market skepticism lingers over the company’s existing order book for the plane.
May 26, 2015 By The Globe and Mail
The Montreal-based manufacturer also confirmed it will weigh whether to build a third C Series model larger than the existing two models in the aircraft family – one that would compete more squarely against the bread-and-butter single-aisle airliners by Boeing and Airbus. The company stressed however, that it is not working on an analysis of such a plane at the moment and that it’s premature to talk about the specifications of the jet.
Industry watchers are zeroing in on the one-week Paris event, the aerospace sector’s largest annual trade show, as a crucial opportunity for Bombardier to rebuild confidence in its plane-making business over all after it was forced to suspend its Learjet corporate jet program earlier this year and reported its first annual loss in nearly a decade. Consultants such as Rolland Vincent, based in Plano, Texas, and a former Bombardier executive, say the company faces a “dark week” if it stumbles through the June 15 show without unveiling any significant orders, particularly for the C Series. Bombardier, however, rejected suggestions it’s a make-or-break event. | READ MORE