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Bombardier just released this: Delta orders up to 125 C Series aircraft – Largest C Series order yet

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Bombardier also announced today that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Delta) has placed a firm order for 75 CS100 aircraft with options for an additional 50 CS100 aircraft. Based on the list price, the firm order is valued at approximately $5.6bn. Deliveries of the state-of-the-art aircraft to Delta are scheduled to begin in 2018. As a result of this order, the program is expected to enter into service with a backlog of more than 300 aircraft or up to 800 aircraft including all options and commitments. The other agreements consist of conditional orders, letters of intent, options and purchase rights.

The fact that the order is for CS100 will have many looking for details.  Of the 250 backlog now, CS100 is 21.2% of the business. Post the Delta… Continue reading

It is not commonly known that Montreal, Quebec is the world’s third largest commercial aerospace hub after Toulouse and Seattle.  The names of companies based in the Montreal region are obviously Bombardier, but also CAE, Bell Helicopter, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Liebherr among others.

This week Aero Montreal is hosting an event to showcase the region’s impressive aerospace industry.  A look at the group’s leadership is evidence of the deep industry connections within the region.  The location of so much of the industry within the Montreal region serves to boost many other aspects of the community – for example the industry creates a strong demand for skilled workers that require cutting edge education.  This ranges from exotic materials and additive manufacturing to exploring new innovations.

Today we attended a session titled “The Future of Flying: Electric Aircraft and Aerostructures”.  The panelists included people Liebherr,… Continue reading

The next generation engines are rapidly approaching competitive flight operations – what’s the engine score?  The Pratt & Whitney GTF is already flying for Lufthansa and IndiGo on their A320neos.   The CFM LEAP is rapidly building hours on the Airbus neo fleet and will soon also be operating in customer fleets – the first two operational engines were delivered to Airbus two days ahead of schedule.  The Boeing MAX flight test program is rumored to be running ahead of schedule and should be in service no later than early next year.

These two engine programs may be the largest seen to date in the industry.  Production ramp up is going to be tough for both engine OEMs.  Take a look at the current score. Continue reading

Bombardier announced Latvian flag carrier Air Baltic converted its remaining seven purchase options for CS300 passenger jets to a firm order.  This brings Air Baltic’s total firm order to 20 planes under an agreement initially signed in December 2012.  Based on the list price of the CS300, Bombardier says this firm order is worth about $506m.

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Bombardier has faced headwinds with its CSeries – Airbus (especially) and Boeing have not made doing business easy.  The Air Baltic decision, before its first delivery, to firm all its options is a strong signal of confidence.  Since Air Baltic is already a Bombardier customer, the decision looks even better.  For the airline, they must be confident enough that this bet is low risk.

Airlines are consolidating the world over.  This means the market is shrinking and every deal matters.  Airbus and Boeing are doing what they… Continue reading

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