Prospective Bombardier CSeries customers in the Middle East have sought information on a VIP variant of the planned 110- to 135-seat family of airliners, although the manufacturer has made no decisions.

Gary Scott, president of the new commercial aircraft division, says Bombardier is “not really marketing a VIP design” for the CSeries, but several regional officials “have expressed interest” in the concept.

Bombardier engaged “almost every Middle East airline” during the show, touting the potential proposed new airliner family’s cabin and cargo hold, as well as more efficient fuel-burn rate, as key benefits for the region’s air travel market, says Scott.

Meanwhile, the CSeries project remains on hold nearly six months after its originally planned launch date, the Paris air show in June.

Northwest’s status as a potential launch customer has been “complicated” by its decision to file for bankruptcy protection, says Scott.

Source: Flight International