Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Following Airbus deal, Bombardier picks up jet orders

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Kelvin Reese | 15 November, 2017, 01:26

The deal is likely to include a firm order for 12 CS300 jets, and could be announced as early as Tuesday at the Dubai Air Show, according to the report.

Bombardier has picked up some new orders for its C Series jets, which some analysts see as a favorable response to a plan to build them in Alabama.

An order worth $1.1 billion for 12 Bombardier C-Series aircraft from Egypt's national airline is a welcome confidence boost for Bombardier's workforce in Northern Ireland, but the Canadian aerospace group needs to keeping winning major deals to keep production lines busy in the North, a union leader has warned. The aircraft are to be powered by Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofans (GTF).

Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare told analysts two weeks ago that he expected sales of the C Series would accelerate following the deal with Airbus.

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No Middle East customer has said when it would take delivery of CSeries jets. By contrast, Airbus figures released in October show that it has received orders for more than 13,000 A320-family jets and delivered almost 8,000.

Bombardier sealed the second deal for its C series jet since reaching a landmark agreement with Airbus a few weeks ago that will result in the European aircraft maker taking control of the programme and helping revive the fortunes of the narrow-body aircraft. The CSeries was two-and-a-half years late and more than $2 billion over budget when it entered service at Deutsche Lufthansa AG's Swiss unit in July 2016.

We're thrilled that EgyptAir selected the CS300 aircraft to renew its fleet.

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