Bombardier Aerospace has missed its January 31 target for converting a letter of interest (LOI) for “up to” 60 C Series airliners from Lufthansa, leaving the program devoid of orders some seven months after the official launch during last year’s Farnborough Air Show. However, Bombardier and Lufthansa continue to assert that plans remain in place to convert the LOI in due course.
Montreal-based Bombardier Aerospace last year delivered 239 business jets, seven more than the previous year, and further took net orders for 262 more, though it is girding for a tougher 2009. The aircraft manufacturer said today that it expects to ship about 10 percent fewer business aircraft this year due to the global recession.
The launch of the super-midsize Gulfstream G250 at October’s NBAA Convention added yet another program to the growing list of contract wins for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system. Four OEMs have selected the Fusion cockpit to fly aboard seven business jet models spanning the Bombardier Global 5000 and Global Express XRS, Cessna Citation Columbus, Learjet 85, Embraer Legacy 450 and 500 and, now, the G250.
The launch of the super-midsize Gulfstream G250 in October added yet another program to the growing list of contract wins for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system, an advanced cockpit now under development by the U.S. firm that is due to start appearing on the flight decks of new airplanes in 2011.
Bombardier is taking a hard look at offering an executive conversion of its recently announced C Series single-aisle twinjet to compete with the Embraer Lineage 1000.
The 2008 Farnborough International airshow (held from July 14 through 20) largely confounded widespread predictions that provide clear evidence of an industry heading into a downturn. A fresh wave of airliner orders, mainly from carriers in the fast-growing Middle Eastern and Asian markets, bolstered Airbus and Boeing, along with their phalanx of global suppliers.
With a fresh coat of paint and 60 hours of logged time under its wing since it started flying on March 7, the first of two flight-test versions of Bombardier’s new Global 5000 made its public debut at the week-long Paris Air Show last month.
Bombardier Aerospace yesterday signed a contract with China’s Shenyang Aircraft Corp. (SAC) to supply the center fuselages for the newly launched C-Series family of single-aisle airliners.
The contract between Bombardier and SAC is an integral part of the relationship with the state-owned aviation-industrial entity China Aviation Industry Corp. (AVIC I), of which SAC is a subsidiary.
Embraer rolled up to the show with a raft of E-Jet orders, including five firm positions plus five options for 190s from Niki Lauda’s low-fare airline Niki, but the Brazilian manufacturer played down threats from Bombardier’s C-Series, which its Canadian rival launched before the show.
Clouds of dry ice swirled around onlookers as Pratt & Whitney revealed a full-scale model of its new “PurePower” PW1000G geared turbofan (GTF) on its stand yesterday. The engine is performing “outstandingly well” in flight tests now under way, said Pratt & Whitney president Steve Finger, who added, “This is the first of a new generation of ultra high bypass engines.”