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Bombardier C Series Aircraft Analysis

Bombardier C Series Aircraft Analysis

In the ninth of our Thought Leadership series John Whitty Director – Technical Acumen Aviation discusses the Bombardier C Series Aircraft. This week Swiss International Airlines (SWISS) commenced Bombardier CS100 Series operations on its Geneva to Dublin route.

The Bombardier C Series consists of two types the CS100  and the CS300 is a family of narrow body twin engine medium range jet airliners built by  Bombardier Aerospace  in Canada , with the wings and part of the fuselage being manufactured in Ireland and the rest in Montreal Canada .

The Program costs was so high at $5,5 billion  that the company was in  danger being taken over by its rivals , since the first flight for the CS100  in 2013  the first customer  was Swiss Global Air Lines  on the 15th July 2016 and the 130- 160  seater CS300  first flew on the 27th February  2015 and it received type certification in July last year and entered service  on the 14th December 2016 with Air Baltic.

During  the development program  one of the Test Aircraft  suffered uncontained engine failure in May 2014 , which was later attributed  to a lubrication problem on the Pratt and Whitney PW 1500G engine . In October 2015 Airbus turned down a Bombardier offer to sell  a majority share of the C series to them and in the  same month they took a  $3.2 billion write down and the government invested $1 billion to save the company program . In  April 2016  the government offered another aid package.

To date there has been 360 firm orders and 10 delivered.

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