Bombardier Inc ., with no new orders for its CSeries jet in a more than a year, expects to announce an agreement this year for the airplane’s first operator, the company’s commercial-aircraft chief said.
Airbus SAS’s decision to move ahead with its new NEO narrow-body model “doesn’t really change” customer interest in Bombardier Inc.’s new CSeries model and validates the Montreal-based planemaker’s choice of engine offering, an executive said.
Bombardier Inc. hopes to decide by the end of 2011 whether to move ahead on a potential partnership with Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China on narrow-body jets, the head of the Canadian company’s aerospace unit said.
The Airbus SAS-Boeing Co. airliner duopoly survived the Paris Air Show intact as challengers from Canada, China, Brazil and Russia offered little evidence that they’ll break the pair’s stranglehold on single-aisle jets.
Bombardier Inc. secured a launch customer for its CSeries plane while failing to land a major deal from Qatar Airways Ltd. after the Gulf carrier shelved an order and said it may buy Airbus SAS’s rival A320neo this week.