[photopress:bombardier_crj1000_1.jpg,full,alignright]The Canadian passenger aircraft Bombardier (surely they could give it a better name) may launch its proposed C- Series mainline aircraft at the Farnborough air show in July with about 200 orders – including several from a Chinese airline.
Jacques Kavafian of Research Capital says China Southern Airlines is one of several potential launch customers for the plane, designed to seat between 100 and 150 passengers.
He said China Southern is expected to order 100 aircraft this year – 50 of which could be the C-Series, with the other 50 being Bombardier’s popular Q400 turboprops.
China Southern’s main hub, in Guangzhou, is undergoing a major expansion and air traffic in the region is growing by 10% a year. The airline also has plans to launch regional flights.
Much depends on what happens to the price of oil but that appears to be the plan at the moment. If the order goes through the China Aviation Industry Corporation, which makes the Q400 fuselage, wil linvest US$400 million in the C-Series if the plane is launched. In return, Bombardier will assist with its development of the regional ARJ21-900 aircraft.
Source: CNN Money.com