Unless BBD can pick up their delivery pace I doubt we'll see any more orders. There is clearly a major production delay issue. Why would anybody order an aircraft that looks likely to be significantly delayed?
As has already been much discussed in this thread, the problem is not with BBD. It's Pratt. The same problem with GTF production is also causing delays for the A320NEO. CFM is also causing delays for the A350. Plus, there's at least one A330NEO glider sitting around, waiting for engines from RR.
All purchasers know that these problems are not the fault of BBD (or Airbus, for that matter). This has happened before, and history has shown that the engine manufacturers will get their act together, and production will pick up again. At least the PW1500G, on the CSeries, isn't having problems like the PW1100G on the A320NEO. So far, the PW1500G seems to be performing very well.
I'm not saying that the delays aren't a concern to a purchaser. I just don't think it's a big enough concern to prevent any and all major orders. I'd say that the financial health of BBD is of MUCH greater concern to a purchasing airline than the current setback due to problems at Pratt.
So, getting back to flight testing and production…
As to BBD's current slow production rate, I'm sure they are pacing themselves based on engine availability. It's not great to have a bunch of fully built frames sitting around, deteriorating outside in Montréal's weather.
*Edited to correct error re A330NEO.
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