FARNBOROUGH: Some potential CSeries customers wait for re-engine outcome

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Bombardier management does admit some potential customers of its new CSeries aircraft could be waiting for Airbus and Boeing to settle on a decision to re-engine their narrowbodies before committing to the Canadian airframer's clean sheet design.

President of the company's Commercial Aerospace unit Gary Scott says some customers want to understand what the Pratt & Whitney PW1000G powering the CSeries "would do to those platforms [Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s]".

But he believes the benefits of a new airframe-engine combination outweigh re-engining existing narrowbody airframes, arguing a re-engined aircraft would offer one-third of the benefit of a new CSeries platform.

The airframer is remaining quiet on potential new orders, arguing it is not a "black eye" if the Farnborough air show passes by without an order, says Scott. He explains Bombardier doesn't set-up its schedule to coincide with unveiling new customers at an air show.

Emphasising Bombardier is looking for quality orders from the right customer for the right price, Scott is reiterating previous comments that the airframer is in advanced discussions with a handful of customers. He expects those talks to "translate into more orders in the not too distant future".