I wish them luck. They need some good news after the layoffs this week.
I translated the main points here:
-Ricardo Baston, Vice President responsible for fleet development at Mexicana, is studying the possibility of obtaining CSeries planes by 2014.
-They're in discussions; but aren't in any hurry. A decision should be made in 18 to 24 months.
-They're also negociating with Boeing Capital on renting 25 B717s for its subsidiary Click.
-If they take the CSeries, the deliveries would take place between 2014 and 2016. Bombardier would deliver the first jet in 2013. However, they'd prefer not be the launch customer.
-Bombardier didn't want to confirm whether it had entered into discussions with Mexicana. A spokesperson stated that they're in discussions with several airlines. The only ones he could confirm were Lufthansa, ILFC and Qatar Airways.
"Celui qui diffère de moi, loin de me léser, m'enrichit." - Saint-Exupéry
Do airlines that serve as the launch customer get any extra financial support dealing with the quirks that always come with a new airplane entering service? Is their a reason that Mexicana would be interested in an airplane but not want to be the launch customer?
Launch customers get assorted special treatments simply for being launchers. When the 777 was a newborn design, UA, BA, CX, NH, and most of the "Working Together" crew received their first deliveries extraordinarily spiffed up and at killer discounts, after these airframes all rigorously helped to cert the type.
Fast forward to today, and NH et al are getting massively compensated for their first 787's, as these first birds are FAR overweight. Bottom line, manufacturers will definitely treat you, the LC, well.
ATLFlyer323 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 558 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1985 times:
Thanks very much AeroHero128!
I really hope to see the Cseries, and I hope that Mexicana will order the type. It is nice to see them planning so far in advance, risky, but smart in my mind. Show's they have confidence that they will be around til then.