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Ilyushin Finance has modified its CSeries order with Bombardier, reducing firm orders from 32 to 20 CSeries aircraft, and also dropping five options.  This reduces the firm order book for the CSeries from 369 to 357.  IFC also ordered one Q400 and added 5 options.  This order change was not unexpected, given the impact of economic sanctions against Russia and the drop in the Ruble, both of which made life more difficult for IFC.

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Today, IFC’s potential customers in Russia cannot afford the new aircraft from Bombardier, so IFC cut back its order and added some less expensive Q400s, which are in demand to replace aging Antonov turboprops in the Russian market.  Bombardier wisely agreed to the deal as a work-around to IFC and its customer’s problems, recognizing that when things get better (and they will) IFC will likely be back to replace those orders… Continue reading

Industry talk about the need for a 90-seat turboprop is well known.  Both of the principal OEMs, ATR and Bombardier, have not rushed to develop something new.  As we have heard both OEMs say at ISTAT – the business case for developing a new aircraft isn’t there.

Today Bombardier announced their Q400 can now seat 90.  The company estimates the 12 to 14 additional seats deliver ~$8m in extra value to customers.  Further boosting the aircraft,  Bombardier also  announced a 2,000 lb-increase in payload and an escalation of the A-Check and C-Check intervals from 600/6,000 to 800/8,000 flight hours, all available for entry-into-service as early as 2018.

Previously the maximum seating on the Q400 was 86 on Nok Air.

2015-10-01_9-34-07Bombardier announced Okinawa-based Ryukyu Air Commuter Co., Ltd is the unidentified airline that had signed a firm purchase agreement for five Q400 turboprop airliners announced in July 2014. Based on the list price for the Q400 aircraft, the transaction is valued at about $168m. The Q400 combi aircraft offers up to 9,000lb. of cargo capacity and up to 1,150 cubic feet of cargo volume.

The image below was taken inside the first RAC combi two weeks ago and the sheer volume of the space is clear.  The bulge on both sides is where the rear passenger door is located on the full passenger version.  The cargo bay comes with independent fire suppression. The orange box to the right is a weight used to provide ballast on test flights.

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RAC is a part of the Japan Airlines Group and is also the launch customer of the Q400 cargo-combi variant… Continue reading

In the two minute video you will hear (and see) why Bombardier says the C Series is quieter than the already quiet Q400.  The demo was for the local media of course, to demonstrate the case the airplane will work well at an expanded Billy Bishop Airport in the heart of downtown Toronto.

There was only one customer on site – Bob Deluce from Porter.  Mr Deluce noted that the Q400 and the CS were incomparable in terms of taxi noise – one could not hear the CS taxi.  He felt the flyby noise was very close but favored the CS.  When asked about the Billy Bishop flyover by the CS, he smiled and noted that along with their ice cream dessert the 500 people at the airport BBQ were getting a surprise visitor from Bombardier.

The case for the airport’s expansion was made by a… Continue reading

LOT Polish Airlines regional subsidiary will be closing its doors and liquidating as of 31 March, and is refunding tickets from April forward.  This is the result of a government decision made by the Polish treasury, which owns 62.1% of the airline.  That department indicated that “there was no prospect of profits in the foreseeable future”. Continue reading

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