PARIS: Bombardier and Comac details phase two collaboration

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Bombardier and Comac have signed a definitive agreement detailing the second phase of their collaboration on the CSeries and C919.

As part of this development, Comac will be involved in the "non-flying tasks" related to the CSeries' flight test activities, Andy Solem, Bombardier's vice-president of sales for China and North Asia tells Flight Daily News.

Comac will be sending a team of 10 to Bombardier's facility in Quebec, a move that is expected to help the inexperienced Chinese airframer in their C919 certification process. Its pilots however will not be flying the CSeries.

The two will also work together in sales and marketing, and could even jointly pitch the aircraft to customers.

Bombardier and Comac first started working together in March 2013 to pursue commonality between the C919 and CSeries family in areas of supply chain services, electrical systems, human interface and cockpit.

Asked about the commonalities that have been achieved, Solem says he is unable to disclose details but that it has "achieved enough to want to continue the collaboration".

"This collaboration with Comac is targeted at helping us sell in China, and for us to help them sell elsewhere," says Solem.

Bombardier has however yet to sell the CSeries in China.

"This aircraft is suitable in the China market. OEMS have however been paying a heavy price for programme delays and there is a general distrust in the industry. When we fly by the end of the month, it will show that things are on track," says Solem.

He adds that there will be a demand for 1,400 aircraft in the 100-149 seat segment in China over the next 20 years and that Bombardier's goal is to capture half of that market.