Bombardier is confident its CSeries programme will prove a commercial success even if Airbus and/or Boeing opt to re-engine their current generation narrowbodies.
"We feel that, even with re-engining, we still have a significant advantage over re-engined products," said Bombardier Aerospace chief operating officer Guy Hachey during an earnings conference call today.
He says re-engining "usually provides about half of what a new aircraft provides because there are other parts that save on the fuel burn" apart from the powerplants.
The Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1000G-powered CSeries is being optimised so that it provides "half of the fuel burn savings and the other half is the engine itself", notes Hachey.
Airbus and Boeing are expected to decide this year on whether or not to go ahead with re-engined versions of their highly-successful A320 and 737 families, respectively.
Bombardier is looking "very closely" at these developments, says Hachey. But the manufacturer is not surprised by reactions from Airbus and Boeing because "we are creating a competition in that segment".
Bombardier has secured 90 firm orders and 90 options for the 110/130-seat CSeries. Hachey believes that, "as soon as we get a tailwind in the economy, the orders will start flowing".