Bombardier said its “next-generation” Challenger 605 has entered service. The first customer, Russell Aviation Leasing, is leasing the aircraft back to Bombardier as its demonstrator this year. The Challenger 605 is an upgraded 604, which it supersedes, equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.
Bombardier has answered the call for a series of improvements to its line of 70- to 86-seat RJs, ranging from new engines on the CRJ700 to wing modifications on the CRJ900. Bombardier also plans to certify its CRJ700 and CRJ900 for higher mtows, giving each significantly more range.
Bombardier’s newly constituted board of directors last month gave approval to the company’s commercial airplane division to offer the C Series line of single-aisle jets to potential customers, marking the start of the company’s foray into the major airline market.
Bombardier Aerospace’s case for the C Series may just have grown sounder last month as Boeing announced it would pull the plug on the 110- to 115-seat 717, the proposed Canadian jet’s main competitor. Boeing plans to end production of the weak-selling 717 by the middle of next year, after the last of a backlog of 18 airplanes rolls off its Long Beach assembly line.
Bombardier is boosting aircraft-on-ground (AOG) support in Europe with new operations in Germany and Austria. The manufacturer has also announced that it will open two more European service facilities, including line repair stations in Moscow and Paris, this year.
Pratt & Whitney Canada plans to build a brand-new engine for Bomardier C Series line of single-aisle commercial airliners. The Canadian airframer confirmed the powerplant selection at the Paris Air Show yesterday during an unveiling of partial cabin mockup on display at Le Bourget.
Pratt & Whitney is now having to consider what it can contribute to a new powerplant to be developed by its Pratt & Whitney Canada subsidiary for the proposed Bombardier C Series of small jetliners. It also is seeking new launch customers for its PW6000 engine on the Airbus A318 and is continuing to invest in new-technology developments for possible future applications, according to P&W president Louis Chenevert.
Acknowledging that airlines are concerned about more than bottom-line operating costs when it comes to choosing airplanes, Bombardier unveiled the airplane’s cabin mockup here at Le Bourget to claim best-in-class passenger comfort for its proposed C Series of single-aisle airliners.
Air systems specialist Liebherr Aerospace Toulouse (Hall 2B Stand I6) is betting on regional jet production growth. The company counts both established and emerging regional jet players among its customers for products ranging from engine bleed air to integrated air management systems. Nevertheless, Airbus remains one of Liebherr’s major customers and the company has taken part in a recent joint equipment support initiative.
The chasm separating the realm of full-size airliners and regional airplanes has claimed another victim, swallowing the Boeing 717 as surely as it did the Fokker 100 and British Aerospace 146/Avro RJ. So who, you ask, would dare tempt fate again? All signs point to Canada’s Bombardier.