LE BOURGET — After a turbulent development, lengthy delays and changes in the directive of Bombardier, the Montréal-based airframer has finally showcased its CSeries family aircraft, during the day prior to the opening of the Paris Air Show, to be hold from June 15 to 21.
Fred Cromer, President of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft praised the team for the talent, passion and leadership that have driven the CSeries program to this stage. “Today we are here to celebrate the first 100% newly designed single-aisle aircraft to take the stage in Le Bourget in almost 30 years,” he commented.
Cromer also announced that the initial CSeries performance has been better than originally expected. The aircraft is delivering more than 20% in fuel burn compared to its competitors currently in production and 10% when compared to re-engined aircraft. These numbers allow the CSeries to have its maximum range extended to up to 3,300 nautical miles (6,112km).
“The CSeries performance is better than advertised –while offering a best-in-class cabin and carrying to up to 15 more passengers than initially promised. This will provide increased profitability and market access for operators, along with the convenience and comfort for passengers,” Cromer said.
America and Europe Will Drive the 90 – 150 Seat Aircraft Demand
The showcasing event to the media was also the moment chosen by Bombardier to release its 20-year market forecast. Ross Mitchell, VP Business Acquisition, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft declared, “the commercial aircraft market is profitable and is expected to have a significant growth (…) our macroeconomic factors indicate that there is a strong growth just ahead, propelled by several factors.” These range from oil prices to technological and environmental changes, besides the replacement demand in established markets such as Europe and North America, combined with the growth in others such as China and South Asia.
In its report, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft forecasts a demand for 12,700 60- to 150-seat aircraft, to be delivered between 2015 and 2035, and with an estimated total value of $650 billion. The 60- to 100-seat segment will continue to be one of the most dynamic in commercial aviation, with a generating demand for 5,700 new aircraft. Deliveries will be split equally between regional jets and turboprops, driven basically by the decrease in oil prices, thus favoring the Regional Jet share.
Also, the 100- to 150-seat segment will witness a major fleet transformation as new clean-sheet aircraft designs enter into service. Jon Ostrower of The Wall Street Journal reported earlier in the week that the Bombardier is actively considering an upgauge to the CS500. However, Cromer admitted that despite this BCA is always thinking on the development of its family aircraft but “now we are focused on the CS100 and CS300.”
As of this date, Bombardier has secured a logbook for 603 CSeries aircraft, including 243 firm orders.