Bombardier delivers CS300, bigger jet in works

Montreal-based manufacturer answers questions about CS500
Bombardier barely got the biggest plane it’s ever made out the door before being bombarded with questions about an even larger one that’s now in the works.
At a ceremony in Canada handing over the world’s first CS300 to Latvian national carrier airBaltic, the Montreal-based manufacturer fielded questions about when the CS500 would join the 135-seat CS100 and 160-seat CS300 jets.
“The industry always is looking for the next derivative and so we get the question quite a bit,” Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, told reporters.
The focus for now, however, is to overcome delays caused by Pratt & Whitney engine issues, and to boost production of existing CSeries planes in 2017.
The first US$85.7 million CS300 will make its maiden commercial flight from Riga to Amsterdam on December 14. It is now five months since the smaller CS100 began flying with Swiss.
The company has so far had 360 firm CSeries orders, including 235 for the CS300. Bombardier is running behind with deliveries in 2016 due to engine delays and said in September that it would deliver not 15 in total as planned but seven.
Montreal Gazette


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