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How far can it really go?  Bombardier specs say the CS300 can fly 3,300NM. That is a good distance for a small aircraft.  Right now BBA508, a CS300, is on its way from Wichita, Kansas to Keflavik in Iceland – non-stop.  The distance is 3,478NM. Continue reading

Bombardier announced that its 2016 C Series deliver schedule will be delayed, while citing the statistics from the first two aircraft in service with Swiss.  The good news is that the two CS100 aircraft in service with SWISS have collectively flown nearly 400 revenue flights, and accumulated nearly 600 flight hours.   The bad news is that Bombardier stated engine delivery delays will cause delivery reductions from a planned 15 to only 7 aircraft in 2016.  Since the OEMs are paid their final installment on delivery of aircraft, it impacts revenues and cash flow. The company will deliver the third CS100 to SWISS next month and deliver the first CS300 to airBaltic in the fourth quarter.

The supply chain is under stress.  During the UTC media day event prior to the Farnborough airshow,  P&W pointed out their greatest concern was… Continue reading

Embraer recently announced another E2 program milestone with their third E2 prototype making its first flight.  The company is generally out of the public eye, being based in a quiet city in Brazil.  But the firm develops world-class products.  Its current E-jets are popular worldwide, serving both regional and mainline airlines.

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