Gulfair is evaluating the Bombardier CSeries, the Embraer E-Jets family, and the Airbus A318 as it looks for aircraft to operate thinner routes with high frequency.
Bombardier is emphasising the runway performance, range and geared powerplant of its 110-seat CSeries CS100 airliner as it strives to triumph in Gulf Air’s three-way regional jet order contest.
The proposed order, part of the carrier’s strategy to restructure with smaller aircraft types, would be for up to 10 aircraft in the 90- to 110-seat range, says Majali.
Bombardier vice-president of commercial aircraft programmes Ben Boehm says that the airframer “can create an airplane” for Gulf Air, one that deploys “a lightweight business configuration” and could fly “all the way to London City from Bahrain” (see photo below). He adds: “That’s a real need that they have.” Continue reading…