8 JANUARY 2018
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The end of 2017 has found the commercial airline division of Canadian conglomerate Bombardier with both good and possibly bad news.
On the positive side the C Series regional jet has been formally accepted by Korean Air and will begin operating on the carrier’s domestic routes from 16 January.
“We have witnessed the C Series impressive first year in service, and are pleased to take delivery of our first Bombardier CS300 aircraft,” said Soo-Keun Lee, chief technology officer Korean Air Lines. “When we selected the aircraft in 2011, we knew it would be a great addition to our fleet. Today, it is the most efficient aircraft in its class, and its passenger comfort is outstanding”.
Just before the holiday break the US Department of Commerce confirmed a nearly 300% tariff on the import of C Series aircraft for use by Delta. A final decision rests with the American International Trade Commission and a verdict is expected in February. For the future Boeing's 737-7 MAX seats 138-153 according to the manufacturer. The C Series 300 has a maximum 135 passenger accommadation.
Over the holiday Bombardier announced an order from an unidentified customer for six CRJ900 aircraft and options on a further six taking sales of the up to 100-seat 2+2 regional jet to 1,918, making it easily the best selling in its class.
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