Bombardier sees CSeries decision by year-end

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Bombardier could wait until the end of the year before announcing a decision on whether to launch the proposed 110/130-seat CSeries twinjet.

"We expect to have guidance by the end of 2008 on whether to go forward with that," says Bombardier director, airline industry analysis and strategy Chuck Evans. He adds, however, that Bombardier sees the CSeries "as the next logical step for our business" and that it considers it "as the platform to carry us into the future".

If a formal launch decision comes by the end of the year, the projected entry-into-service for the CSeries is 2013.