Bombardier of Canada has been struggling with it CSeries for years, but herhaps no more since Delta ordered 75 aircraft in April and especially since Air Canada has just finalized its previously announced agreement to buy at least 45 new CS300 airliners, with options on another 30 of the same type.
Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier formulated it like this: “This order is a major statement of support for Canada’s aerospace industry and will help support thousands of C Series related jobs. It also serves as an important catalyst for renewed interest and subsequent orders.”
While developing the new aircraft, Bombardier hit serious financial difficulties – with even the tests of the new CS series hit by delays and other issues. But the finalization of the Air Canada deal brings hope to a healthy aviation industry with the Maple Leaf flag in top.
Bombardier has at least 288 firm orders for the CS100 and the larger CS300, with Swiss being the launch customer this year. Deliveries to Air Canada are scheduled to begin in late 2019 and extend to 2022. The order is worth 3.8 billion US dollars.
© 2016 Airheadsfly.com senior contributor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A CSeries seen during testing. (Image © Bombardier)