The New Midsize ABCs: A320, B737, CSeries
Simply put, Boeing's argument represents the biggest case of hypocrisy in the history of the aviation business
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September 20, 2017 - by Annie Flodin - Airways Magazine
WASHINGTON — People love Bombardier's CSeries – pilots, passengers and industry experts alike. It's efficient, it has low operating costs and it's comfortable. The Canadian manufacturer touts the jet as the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100- to 150-seat market. Also, the CSeries is the first "new" plane to enter the mid-size market in more than 25 years – the 737 entered service in 1967, and the A320 came along roughly 20 years later.
As with any new product, the CSeries faced a series of challenges. Bombardier hoped to have the aircraft in service by late 2013, but due mainly to supplier issues, that was put off for another three years. The plane was officially introduced with Swiss Global Airlines in July 2016. Just months after the introduction, however, engine delivery delays by supplier Pratt & Whitney slashed 2016 CSeries deliveries in half – seven instead of the planned 15.
Today 15 CSeries are in commercial service, nine with Swiss and six with airBaltic. And with firm orders from both Delta and Air Canada, it's finally Bombardier's time to shine, right?
Wrong. At least according to Boeing.
Even though the Seattle-based manufacturer is directing its focus to large – more than 150-seat – aircraft, as is Airbus, they saw a threat in the CSeries, so they decided to do something about it.
No Mincing of Words: Boeing Calls CSeries a Threat...