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Air Canada plans are positive for future of Bombardier C-Series: CME

Published by Brad Fougere on February 17, 2016

Bombardier and Air Canada have signed a letter of intent for the sale and purchase of 45 CS300 aircraft with options for an additional 30 CS300 aircraft.  Air Canada has also committed to support the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of C Series aircraft in Quebec.

“This is extremely good news for Bombardier, for Canada’s aerospace sector and for the thousands of manufacturers, services, and engineering and technology companies that supply Bombardier the C Series project across the country,” says CME President and CEO Jayson Myers. “It’s an important vote of confidence in Bombardier’s innovative C Series aircraft on the part of Canada’s flagship airline. It speaks to the competitiveness of the C Series. And, it sets the stage for an expansion of C Series production that, along with the new Centre of Excellence for maintenance, will add more than 12,500 jobs at peak production.

“Bombardier has gone through a dramatic restructuring over the past year,” Myers adds. “Unfortunately, the company has had to reduce its workforce in order to focus resources, including on the successful development and delivery of its new C Series line.

“The news from Air Canada marks an important turning point for Bombardier.  I am confident that it will pave the way for new orders for the C Series from carriers around the world.”


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