10 JUNE 2013
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One exciting new aircraft that will not be seen at Le Bourget during next week’s Paris Air Show is the Bombardier C series. The Montreal-based aircraft manufacturer, the world’s fourth largest, is known to be preparing the first development aircraft for its maiden flight, but this is now not expected until the end of June.
In the meantime Bombardier has confirmed that Gulf Air is the previously undisclosed airline that ordered up to 16 of the 110-seat CS100 model.
Prior to the show the order book stands at 177 C aircraft with Lufthansa the lead airline. The first of the planes is due for mid-2014 service introduction on its Swiss and Austrian subsidiaries. Other airline purchases include Republic Airways (USA), Malmo (Sweden), Korean Air and airBaltic (Latvia).
At the present time Bombardier offers variants of the aircraft in 110/145 seat sizes, positioned in the market place in between maximum 115-passenger seat Embraer 195, and the big selling 150-seat Airbus and Boeing models.
The aircraft will be a boost for London City Airport, hitherto limited to the Embraer 195 and outdated Avro planes. With the C series potential non-stop flights are possible to New York with a 60-passenger payload. www.bombardier.com/en
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