Special to Leeham News
By Olivier Bonnassies
April 17, 2018, (c) Airfinance Journal, Montreal: Aviation Week & Space Technology managing director technology Graham Warwick believe the acquisition of a 50.1% stake into Bombardier’s CSeries will give the program opportunities in many areas.
Talking at the Innovation Aerospace Forum in Montreal, Warwick says Airbus expertise in marketing, sales and support will be “immediate benefits” to the CSeries program.
“The CSeries is right at the beginning of its life. It clearly resets the clock for the CSeries and can even have a meaningful impact in the future,” he says.
Bombardier’s CSeries vice president program Rob Dewar says 29 CS100/300s are now in service with three customers: Air Baltic, Swiss and Korean Air.
The Canadian manufacturer continues to be pleased with the introduction into service.
The program has recorded more than 40,000 revenue flights with an average of 10 flight hours per day, he says. Air Baltic has used the CS300 model on 17 hours daily utilization, says Dewar, combining European revenue flights with a long-haul flight to Abu Dhabi, he says.
In terms of maintenance, Bombardier says it has performed more than 50 A checks on the CSeries with no issues being reported.
Dewar brands the CSeries as an innovative aircraft in terms of advanced materials, electric brakes, which improve dispatch reliability compared with hydraulic brakes.
Bombardier says the aircraft family is a clean sheet design with latest technology. The advanced flight deck allows a three-day reduction in pilot training.
The CSeries includes a fly-by-wire system while commonality between systems is as high as 99%, according to Dewar.
He says the CSeries is a disruptive aircraft as it focuses on the 100 to 150-seat market. “But we have an advantage in this market: it is a new aircraft equipped with the latest technology”.
Bombardier’s president and chief executive officer Alain Bellemare says the CSeries is a big venture for a company like Bombardier.
“We needed a partner. Airbus brings three things: they have an amazing customer reach with large scale and this will help accelerate CSeries sales. Airbus has a supply chain expertise and the scale with it. This will also benefit us. Finally Airbus has one of the best aftermarket customer network in the world.”
“We are on the verge of closing the partnership, which brings tremendous value for customer and shareholders,” he adds.