RAA2010: Bombardier fights on re-engined narrowbody vs CSeries claims

Bombardier Aerospace has hit back over claims that re-engined single aisle narrowbodies could severely affect the sales performance of its CSeries family.

Philippe Poutissou, VP marketing, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (pictured), reminded those gathered in Milwaukee that engines are only one part of the whole aircraft system. “This airframe is designed with current technology and with materials which weren’t available 20 years ago when the narrowbody aircraft to be re-engined were designed. The aerodynamics of the CSeries and the integration of the new engine are what gives the whole package its performance advantage.”

Progress on the CSeries is good. “We’re mitigating risks early in the programme,” noted Poutissou. “For example, the wing demonstrator in Belfast is to be tested to destruction in the coming weeks.”

Head of aircraft programmes, Ben Boehm, added, “We also have ready the aft fuselage composite demonstrator rig built and many of the suppliers are about to start testing on their own rigs shortly. Then our CIASTA (Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area) will ‘fly’ the complete aeroplane in late 2011, almost a full year before the aircraft’s first flight.”

The CSeries’ Joint Definition Phase (JDP) is coming to a close and the company is transitioning into the Detailed Design Phase (DDP).

On other programmes, Poutissou reported that the 1,000th aircraft delivery in the Dash 8/Q Series programme is expected later this year. He emphasised that the company expects continued demand in North America which has seen a major order from Jazz Air this year. “And Pinnacle/Colgan is soon to receive its second batch of 15 aircraft,” he added.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net

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