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Feb 18, 2016

CSeries wins over Air Canada, but not the press

For those of us not in Canada, the good news for Bombardier in selling its troubled CSeries jets to Air Canada certainly copped a hard landing in the American media. A

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The CSeries 300 as it will look for Air Canada
The CSeries 300 as it will look for Air Canada

For those of us not in Canada, the good news for Bombardier in selling its troubled CSeries jets to Air Canada certainly copped a hard landing in the American media.

After famously, or infamously resisting patriotic pressure to buy the troubled Canadian single aisle 100-150 seat capacity design for some years, Air Canada has done a deal to buy 45 of the larger model CSeries 300 with options for up to a further 30, for deliveries starting in 2019.

This was announced during Air Canada’s fourth quarter financials results presentation, not at the Singapore Airshow, where Bombardier is displaying one of its jets and where it would have made news as the largest airliner order placed at what has been otherwise a notably quiet event.

But as Reuters and other news agencies and organisations were quick to point out, the CSeries breakthrough coincided with the provincial government of Quebec ending action aimed at stopping Air Canada not supporting the continuing employment of some maintenance workers in Montreal, where Canada’s largest airline is headquartered.

The key trade is that Air Canada has agreed to maintenance support for the CSeries purchase being continued in Quebec for 20 years from the introduction of the new jet.

One of the early issues newly elected Canadian PM Justin Trudeau vowed to address after taking office in November last year was the future of Bombardier as a major high tech and high value manufacturer of aircraft and trains in Quebec.

The points of difference between Air Canada, Bombardier and the government of Quebec, where each business is based, had become focused on the airline’s lack of interest in the CSeries, and the stance it took when a maintenance contractor, Aveos, went out of business in Montreal.

Among the scathing analyses that have been published concerning Bombardier and its affairs recently, this local story by 680 News coincided with the Air Canada announcements.

Putting all of that aside, Bombardier undoubtedly needs more orders than this. But the project has been given a big if at times blunt boost by the Air Canada order, possibly enough to keep it alive as a potential replacement in the 2020s for the Boeing 717s and Fokker F100s in widespread regional and resource industry use in Australia today.

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