Bombardier calls RBC report on CSeries 'US centric'

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Bombardier has called into question the metrics employed in a RBC Capital Markets report that suggested the Canadian airframer's goal of securing 300 orders for the CSeries narrowbody by service-entry is at risk.

Last month RBC Capital Markets said it had reached its conclusion after surveying 26 airlines, representing roughly 35% of the 100- to 149-seat aircraft operating globally. Eleven of the carriers were headquartered in North America, eight in Europe, three in Asia and four in other regions.

"If I talked to the same 26 people, most of whom are in the US, [I] probably would have gotten the same answer. He [the RBC analyst] wasn't talking exclusively to or even predominantly to network planners," Bombardier senior vice president for sales, marketing and asset management Chet Fuller told Air Transport Intelligence during a one-on-one briefing last week at the ERA General Assembly in Rome.

Fuller said the report took "an extremely US centric view" of the market and noted that while the US "is an incredibly large market" and "an important future market" for the CSeries, he does not believes carriers in countries like Singapore, Korea, China, and the Middle East "spend every waking hour" studying what the US airlines want.

The Bombardier executive added that "the extremely difficult economic environment in the US and the much better environment" in certain countries outside the US, is the reason "why our early success has been predominantly outside the US".

The CSeries is expected to enter into service at the end of 2013. Bombardier's biggest endorsement for the 110/130-seat twinjet has come from US operator Republic Airways Holdings. However, Republic has ordered the airliner's direct competitor, the Airbus A319neo, and this has caused many industry observers to question the stability of Bombardier's deal with Republic.