July 09, 2012
The rain clouds at the Farnborough International Airshow parted for Bombardier July 8, when the Canadian airframer announced conditional orders for 15 CSeries aircraft from an undisclosed buyer. Bombardier CSeries vice president and general manager Robert Dewar declined to specify define the entity buying the aircraft other than to describe the number and types of aircraft that have been ordered. “We can only say the number and type of aircraft the customer is ordering.”
The order, which Bombardier says could be worth as much as USD1.02 billion at list prices, is for five CS100s and 10 CS300s.
Bombardier says 12 customers have ordered 332 CSeries. Of these orders, 138 are firm, and conditional orders, letters of intent and options make up the balance for a further 194 aircraft. Before today, the last order for the CSeries was from PrivatAir in January for five CS100s with options for five more.
News that Bombardier is bringing work on the CSeries fuselage back to Montreal from China is nothing out of the ordinary, says Dewar.
“This was a planned step, and the decision was taken much earlier,” Dewar told Aviation Week at the Bombardier chalet on July 8. “It was just normal business.”
Despite the change in production from bringing the fuselage work back to Canada, the aiframer is on track to begin assembly of the first CSeries this quarter, and the first flight is expected by the end of the year. “There are no changes to our production schedule,” says Dewar.
Asked if Bombardier is ready to take on Boeing and Airbus in the narrowbody sales wars, Dewar was careful to note the CSeries is just that much smaller than either the A320 or the 737 families. But, he added: “We think we have an excellent product that is really competitive. It’s hard to compete if you don’t have a competitive product.”