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ATR, the world’s largest maker of commercial turboprops, is trying to reenter the North American market.  This past week the company has been showing off its latest iteration, the ATR72-600 in Canada.  This is part of a two week sales tour of North America.

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The aircraft outsells the competing Bombardier Q400 everywhere, except North America.  Consequently the company is bringing their aircraft to the market for a “show & tell”.  Next week the airplane goes to the Regional Airlines Association annual conference, where both trade press and airlines will get a chance for a first hand look.

ATR didn’t shrink back from showing their aircraft right in Bombardier’s backyard.  Hope may spring eternal, but the ATR is cheaper than the Q400 and for virtually every airline, that is all that matters.

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North American airlines, like WestJet, we understand, selected the Q400 over the ATR because… Continue reading

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

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

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