Air Canada to purchase 30 small category C-Series jets from Bombardier

Published on : Monday, December 30, 2013

air-canadaAir Canada is now concentrating on the smaller category of jets and is preparing to place an order to Bombardier for 30 CSeries jets after deciding to purchase Airbus A320NEO or Boeing 737 MAX.

It is expected to compare the brand-new, domestically produced Bombardier CSeries with the Embraer E2 family.

The Embraer E-Jet E2 family is a family of narrow-body medium-range twin-engine jet airliners developed by Brazilian aerospace company Embraer, replacing the predecessor Embraer E-Jet family. Launched at the Paris Air Show in 2013, Embraer E-Jets E2 are scheduled for first deliveries in 2018.

RBC analyst Walter Spracklin said in a client note on Friday Dec. 6 that Air Canada could potentially place an order for 30 CSeries aircraft.

Prospective airlines have been holding off making firm order decisions on the CSeries, which started flight tests on its first plane in September, until Bombardier releases flight data.

Spracklin said that a full performance data set could be two to three months away.

A Bombardier spokesman confirmed the second test plane, the FTV2, is expected to begin flying within a couple of weeks, and the FTV3 expected to follow a few weeks after.

The company said that the schedule for entry-into-service, currently planned for ambitious 12-months from first flight, will be revisited once Bombardier has gathered enough data from the first three test planes.

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