A few years ago Bombardier said it intended to build the CSeries wing, horizontal and vertical stabilisers, and nacelles at its structures and composites facilities in Belfast, Ireland; the cockpit in St Laurent, Quebec and conduct final assembly in Mirabel, Quebec.
While these are still the “preferred sites”, they may not get the business! Negotiations are still going on, but Bombardier is now evaluating sites in the USA in light of the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar, revealed Bombardier Aerospace president and chief operating officer Pierre Beaudoin.
The fuselage will continue to be manufactured by SAC in China.
Development costs and capital investment for the CSeries will total $3.2 billion, including $2.5 billion in R&D (up from the original $2.1 billion price tag) and $700 million in capital costs of building and facility tooling. Costs will continue to be spread three ways – a contribution split with suppliers, the airframer, and government. But because key final production and assembly sites remain in question, it remains unclear what the government mix will look like, and if Quebec, the UK or the USA (or a combo of these) will make that one third investment.
Another interesting point from the call – the list price for the 110-seat version of the CSeries is expected to be in a “lower $40 million” range while the 130-seater will be on the higher end of that. Stay tuned for more…