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
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.