Special to Leeham News
By Olivier Bonnassies
April 16, 2018, (c) Airfinance Journal, Montreal: The commercial aircraft manufacturing industry could head into a scenario with two major alliances: Airbus/Bombardier rivaling Boeing/Embraer, but for Air Canada, airlines need to have choices.
“This is a terrific double-edge sword. Airlines definitively need to have choice,” said Calin Ravinescu, Air Canada president and chief executive officer at the Innovation Aerospace Forum in Montreal.
Ravinescu says the idea of a single source supply is not acceptable for maintenance prospective and from a customer service prospective.
“I am totally against any notion of single sourcing, or any component in any aircraft in any circumstances. Just like our customers, airlines expect competition is the aerospace and the aircraft space.
“That said we have also seen many examples in the past where aircraft were launched and ended as orphan aircraft, being incapable to have support in the aftermarket. This is despite the most unbelievable and successful technological aircraft, which is fine and good on paper but when it comes to support the aircraft, it is a totally different categorization.”
Ravinescu says that having a dynamic where some of the smaller aircraft companies are supported by some of the larger aircraft companies, can actually be a good thing, provided that there is still competition and it continues to push the scale of operations and innovate.
“We have seen in some cases that a duopoly gets too cozy and act against innovation. “We like the fact that the CSeries is disruptive in a market where we have not seen tremendous amount of innovation over the past three decades.
Air Canada signed an agreement for 45 firm CS300s in June 2016 with options for another 30 aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled between late 2019 and extend to 2022.