My predictions. You can grade me when the future is known.
It would be interesting to see other people's predictions.
1) There will be a significant order for the C-series in the next 9 months. At least 40 planes, or 25 orders + 25 options.
1. Yes, an order. But who?
A few thoughts/possibilities:
* Qantas Group - known to be looking at an eventual replacement for the QF B738 fleet, and neither the B717 nor the F100 can remain in service forever; in addition, CS would give the group (QF and JQ) options for routes such as CBR-ADL/DRW/PER, HBA-ADL/PER, etc., which are not possible (read: feasible) with the current fleet mix in Australia (including VA/TT).
* IAG - early A320s and A321s will need replacing in the coming years, as will early A319s and possibly that one remaining A318; Airbus is now in a position to offer IAG a very strong deal covering all those needs. The CS could also be attractive to the likes of EI to be able to increase direct flying out of SNN and ORK.
* Lufthansa Group - LX already has both families operating alongside each other, SN has an oldish fleet of A320 family, as does OS, and LH has A319/A320/A321 of a range of ages operating alongside EJets.
* SAS - as someone else mentioned - their B736 and B737 fleet aren't getting any younger and are operating alongside leased CR9s.
* AA - again, a relatively ageing fleet of A320 family aircraft alongside an EJet fleet, could be a prime target for Airbus now with their ability to concurrently offer CSeries/A320.