23 NOVEMBER 2015

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Article from BTNews 23 NOVEMBER 2015

Bombardier setback

Canada’s Porter Airlines has been told the country’s new government is not planning to reopen an agreement to allow jets to fly out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Porter had been pushing for jets to be allowed to be flown from the facility, which is on a small island near Toronto's central business district, and said it had been looking at ordering Bombardier C Series aircraft.

Jets are banned from Billy Bishop under a tripartite agreement between the Canadian federal government, Toronto's port authority and the city government.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Twitter that he had been reviewing the file and that the Canadian government "will not re-open the tripartite agreement".

Porter and rival Air Canada currently operate turbo-prop aircraft from the airport.

In better news for Bombardier, its CS100 twinjet has completed its certification flight testing, subject to Transport Canada's final review and acceptance. And aircraft FTV-5, a CS100 flight test vehicle in the livery of SWISS International Air Lines, made its debut this month at the Dubai air show at Al Maktoum Dubai World Central airport.

The CS100 is due to enter service with SWISS in the first half of 2016. www.bombardier.com

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Henning Jacobsen, Canasda/Toronto

You may have missed last week's Bombardier announcement of an additional $1.5 bn in investment from Caisse Depot - no requirement for a single share structure. This in addition to last month commitment from Investement Quebec of $1 bn - will make Bombardier to take on production of the CSeries.


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