- Bombardier CS100 series certified in Europe
- Way cleared for operation by Swiss
- Stakes high for success of series for Montreal company
Bombardier said aviation authorities in Europe and the United States have now certified its CS100 series passenger planes, which was demonstrated in Dublin during the IATA Congress.
This clears the way for delivery of the aircraft to Swiss International Air Lines by the end of the month, which is scheduled to be the first to put the aircraft into commercial service in July.
The Federal Aviation Administration in the US and the European Aviation Safety Agency following certification by Transport Canada in December 2015.
Montreal-based Bombardier has a lot riding on the success of the CSeries aircraft, which is two years behind schedule and has incurred about US$2bn..
The company, whose troubles caused major lay-offs at its Belfast plant, received a major boost in late April when Delta Air Lines placed a US$5.6bn order for 75 CS100 aircraft with options for another 50.
Bombardier said delivery of the aircraft to Delta is expected to begin in 2018 with the first 35 of 75 locked in as CS100s. The airline can begin converting to the larger CS300 model starting with the 36th aircraft on order.
An Air Canada Letter of Intent agreement with Bombardier for 75 Bombardier CS300 includes substitution rights to CS100 aircraft in certain circumstances.
Bombardier is also seeking government support on two fronts. In Quebec, Premier Philippe Couillard said a US$1bn investment in Bombardier’s CSeries program should be in place by the end of the month. The Canadian Federal government continues to talk with Bombardier about providing another US$1bn in funding.
While the certification and orders are good news and a major credibility boost for the Cseries. But analysist note it does not ensure its financial success.
The Fokker 100 had large scale orders from American and US Airways but the price barely paid for the manufacturing cost and not for any of the development cost.
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