Montréal, January 31, 2006 -- Bombardier announced today that present market conditions do not justify the launch of the CSeries program at this time
A small team of employees will remain with the CSeries program to further develop its business plan, with emphasis on including other partners, particularly in fast-growing major aerospace markets.
This small team has come up with a revised plane. The feature is the following:
- A smaller wing
- The C-series has a shortened fuselage. 43cm or 17in shortened
- The range is shortened 560km on the C130
- CFM and GE is back in business
- 4% lower fuel cost
The plane could have an EIS at 2010, but could be pushed back until 2013 if the engine makers offers a 15% better consumption at the later date.
My question is the following: What should Bombardier do in order to make the C-series more interesting. It seems like it might be to little to late.
Should they develop a more radical design?
50% composite by weight. Up from 10%.
Develop a C90 and a C150 to offer a complete family of airplanes.
They talk about a 15% lower operating cost. (Before the latest revision) Could they make that 30% If so, what do they need to do? Would that require a completely new engine? I would imagine that the PW6000 with a new fan could be interesting in regards of lower fuel consumption as well as a lower maintenance cost.
Is the C-series fast enough? Powerful enough? And wide enough to be competitive in the next decades market?
[Edited 2006-12-12 18:37:36]