FI2008: Bombardier remains committed to the ARJ21-900

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Little movement has occurred in the tie-up unveiled last year between Bombardier and AVIC I entailing the Canadian airframer pledging to invest $100 million in the Chinese manufacturer’s ARJ21-900 jet, but Bombardier management remains committed to supporting the Chinese-built aircraft.

The two manufacturers made their announcement during the Paris air show last year, with Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin playing down any potential cannibalization by the ARJ21 of CSeries sales, highlighting the composite wings and new engines of the CSeries versus the older design of the ARJ21 that features GE CF34-10A powerplants.

Still, Beaudoin views the ARJ21 as a “competitive aircraft for the Chinese market”, noting its specifications are tailored for operating conditions in China. “It makes sense for Bombardier to invest in this airplane,” he says.

Beaudoin made those remarks this week during the Farnborough air show as Bombardier and AVIC I firmed their agreement for AVIC I to build the center fuselage of the CSeries.