Bombardier on target to deliver C-series jet in 2013


Bombardier Inc is on target to deliver its C-Series narrow-body jet in 2013, said Chief Executive Pierre Beaudoin.

Bombardier, the world’s third-largest commercial aircraft maker after Airbus and Boeing, has been planning to enter the narrow-body jetliner market in 2013 with its all-new 110- to 145-seat C-Series.
“We are on schedule,” Beaudoin told Reuters Insider. “We need to stay very close to our development program but things are going well for delivery in 2013.”

Its competitors have racked up orders that some analysts had expected Bombardier might win with the C-Series, Reuters reports.

Airbus unveiled what it called the biggest jet order in commercial aviation history with a US$15.6 billion deal to sell 180 planes to Indian budget carrier IndiGo. This was followed on by a US$5 billion order from Virgin America for 60 Airbus A320 passenger jets, 150-seat, medium-distance planes.

Montreal-based Bombardier has said it has 90 firm orders for its single-aisle C-Series planes and options for 90 more.

Beaudoin was also upbeat on Bombardier’s trains business, saying: “We expect a still good orders level in 2011.”