Vueling postpones fleet decision to assess CSeries

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Vueling has postponed a fleet renewal decision to allow assessment of Bombardier's CSeries, says the airline's chief executive Alex Cruz.

Speaking at the 2012 World Low Cost Airlines Congress in Heathrow, Cruz told Flightglobal: "It's been delayed by six weeks from the initial schedule because we weren't counting on having conversations with a third vendor [Bombardier]."

Cruz says the Spanish low-cost airline's interest in Bombardier is "quite genuine" and "not just to give us negotiating power with Airbus and Boeing". He adds that a finance package offered by the Canadian government in addition to impressive CSeries performance statistics caused the airline to seriously consider the aircraft.

Cruz admits that initially Vueling had been prepared to only assess mainline narrowbodies - both current and re-engined versions - from Airbus and Boeing. "They come with financing...which in today's environment, is a very strong part of the negotiation," he says.