A Lifeline for the C Series?

Facing a highly competitive market and a potentially crippling US trade tariff, the future was looking decidedly uncertain for Bombardier’s C Series. But now, with European aerospace giant Airbus on side, the long-term outlook for the Canadian airliner programme is far brighter, as James Careless reports.

Latvian flag carrier airBaltic became the launch customer for the larger CS300.
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Bombardier estimates that there is a global requirement for more than 6,000 new-build, single-aisle passenger aircraft over the next two decades. And now that Airbus is joining (subject to regulatory approvals) the Canadian firm to market worldwide the C Series family – CS100 (108-133 seats) and the CS300 (130-160 seats) – the company seems upbeat about the future. As Nathalie Siphengphet, senior advisor for media relations and public affairs, said: “We are confident we can win at least half of that forecast.”

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