Category Archives: Bombardier Aerospace

Bombardier CSeries CAE simulator wins Level D certification



Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has received Level D certification for its CAE-built CSeries full-flight simulator (FFS) from Transport Canada, FAA, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea (South Korea).   The announcement was made at the 2017 Paris Air Show.
The Bombardier CSeries FFS, located at the Bombardier Training Center in Montréal, is the first CSeries FFS to receive Level D qualification, the Canadian manufacturer said in a statement.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft VP & GM-customer services Todd Young said, “With this qualification, our simulator reproduces to the highest level of fidelity, the characteristics of the CSeries aircraft, as certified by the civil aviation authorities.”
According to Bombardier, there are currently five CAE-built CSeries simulators worldwide, either in operation or on order.

Bombardier Continues to Build Momentum with Successful Paris Air Show

  • Orders and commitments for up to US$ 2 billion

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft concluded a successful week at the 2017 International Paris Air Show, where it had the opportunity to connect with customers from around the world and announced up to US$2 billion in orders and other commitments.   “We are concluding the airshow with solid momentum, and I am very pleased with the level of interest and activity we are seeing in all of our aircraft programs,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“With our unique product portfolio, we are the leader in the market segment below 150 seats, and the orders and commitments, from multiple operators, for over 60 Q400 aircraft announced during the airshow are clear demonstrations that Bombardier already has innovative solutions that meet market requirements for larger and higher-performance turboprops.”
The airshow was also an opportunity for Bombardier to showcase the CS300 aircraft alongside launch operator airBaltic.  “As the momentum continues to build up following the successful first year in service of the C Series aircraft, we are pleased that airlines around the world are demonstrating growing interest as they witness the C Series performance and hear about the overwhelming positive feedback from passengers and our launch operators,” added Fred Cromer.
On June 21, 2017, Ilyushin Finance and Co. (IFC) and an undisclosed airline have signed a framework agreement on the lease of six CS300 aircraft.   IFC ordered 20 CS300 aircraft under an agreement signed with Bombardier in 2013.
The C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership, an affiliate of the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft segment of Bombardier Inc. manufactures the C Series aircraft.

Bombardier Unveils Ethiopian Airlines as Previously Undisclosed Customer that Ordered Q400 Aircraft

  • Ethiopian’s Fourth Order for Bombardier Q400 Turboprop Airliners
  • Q400 critical for Ethiopian’s expansion plans in Africa 

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise is the previously undisclosed customer that signed a firm purchase agreement for five additional Q400 turboprop aircraft.   Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately $162 million US.
“Our relationship with Ethiopian Airlines extends beyond straight buyer-seller,” said Colin Bole, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.    “Ethiopian is an Authorized Service Facility for Q400 aircraft and operates the only Q400 aircraft flight simulator in Africa.    In addition, we have worked together to support other Q400 aircraft operators such as RwandAir, Congo Airways and Air Tanzania.”
“We are reordering the Bombardier Q400 turboprop as it is the core element in serving our expanding domestic and regional destinations,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines.    “No other turboprop airliner matches its 360-knot speed capability, low operating costs, environmental credentials and passenger comfort, especially with its cabin flexibility for single and dual-class passenger configuration.    The Q400 aircraft shines in terms of climb rate, single-engine ceiling, and greater revenue-producing payload capability from our hot weather, high altitude airstrips, these performance attributes being critical to interchangeability with our jet fleet.”
“The airline market in Africa has been growing slowly but steadily as the industry is becoming more liberalized and the infrastructure to support the growth is being put in place,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.    “Airlines in Africa are working very hard to modernize their operations to meet the challenges of tomorrow and we are committed to helping with the aircraft and technical support they require.”
Ethiopian Airlines’ initial order for eight Q400 aircraft plus four options was announced on November 20, 2008. Four re-orders directly and through Palma Capital, including the one announced on June 9, increase the airline’s Q400 aircraft fleet to 24 aircraft, the largest in Africa.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft already has a solid foothold on the African continent with upwards of over 190 Q Series turboprops – including over 35 Q Series operators – and CRJ regional jets in operation or on order from customers.    Over the next two decades, Africa is expected to take deliveries of 550 new aircraft, and with Bombardier’s family of aircraft, the company is well positioned to serve this growing market.
Bombardier has now recorded a total of 585 Q400 aircraft on firm order.

Korean Air Lines will be first to get revamped engine, Bombardier says

Korean Air Lines Co. will be the first Bombardier Inc. customer to fly CSeries jets outfitted with Pratt & Whitney engines revamped to address a durability issue, according to the Montreal-based manufacturer.
South Korea’s biggest carrier (KRX: 003490) is set to become the third operator of the CSeries when it takes delivery of its first CS300 jets in the “fall time period,” Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier’s commercial aircraft unit (TSX: BBD.B), said Monday in an interview.    The planemaker still expects to ship 30 to 35 of its all-new CSeries aircraft this year under a “back-end loaded” delivery schedule, he said.
Pratt is rolling out fixes to the geared turbofan engine after a series of glitches since its commercial debut last year, including a problem with the combustor liner and a faulty oil seal.    The unit of United Technologies Corp. said last week it has added 300 professionals in the past year to hold suppliers accountable for producing parts on time to help with deliveries.
“Pratt have really added resources and have their supply chain in order, so we’ve got confidence the engines will be coming our way,” Cromer said by telephone from Cancun, Mexico, where he was attending the annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association.    “We are orchestrating the timing of the Korean deliveries so that they would get the longer-life combustor.”
While the combustor liner issue hasn’t affected the reliability of the CSeries jets flown by AirBaltic and Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s Swiss International, the engines on those aircraft will still need to be replaced in the coming months, Cromer said.
“These early engines do have a shorter combustor life,” Cromer said.    “Those will be taken care of as soon as Pratt starts delivering the combustor with the longer life.”   Korean agreed in 2011 to buy 10 Bombardier CS300 aircraft, with 10 options and 10 purchase rights for additional CS300 airliners.   The Korean carrier likely will convert some of its options into additional orders after testing the CSeries, said Walter Cho, the airline’s president.
“It will be a good airplane, it has good engines,” Cho said in an interview in Cancun Sunday.    “We’ll be looking at ordering more.”
Cromer wouldn’t speculate on when or where the next CSeries order will materialize, saying the interest level in the program “continues to grow” as the jet meets promised performance targets.
“We are engaged with airlines in just about every region around the world, but timing is always a challenge,” Cromer said.

Bombardier Signs a Letter of Intent with CemAir for Two Q400 Aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today from the International Paris Air Show, that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with CemAir (Pty) Ltd. (CemAir) of South Africa for two Q400 airliners.    Based on the Q400 turboprop list price, a firm order would be valued at approximately US$ 65 million.
“We are proud of the Q Series turboprops’ continued success in Africa.    Our operators appreciate their outstanding economics and performance, and we are delighted that CemAir intends to add new Q400 aircraft to its current fleet of Bombardier aircraft”, said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle East and Africa.    “With its unmatched capabilities, the Q400 is uniquely suitable for the region and we are thrilled with this additional recognition for our modern and versatile turboprop.”
“With their impressive short runway performance and the flexibility it brings to our operations, the Q Series turboprops have allowed us to build our network and fly passengers from more airports,” said Miles van der Molen, Chief Executive Officer, CemAir.    “We are looking forward to the addition of these brand new Q400 aircraft which will help us support our growth and increase connectivity in South Africa.”
With these Q400 aircraft, CemAir would increase its current fleet of Bombardier aircraft to 17 – including five Q Series turboprops and 12 CRJ Series aircraft.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft already has a solid foothold on the African continent with upwards of 190 Q Series turboprops – including over 35 Q Series operators – and CRJ regional jets in operation or on order from customers. Over the next two decades, Africa is expected to take deliveries of 550 new aircraft, and with Bombardier’s family of aircraft, the company is well positioned to serve this growing market.
Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 585 Q400 aircraft.

Bombardier Announces Several Customer Services Agreements Targeted at Enhancing Support for CRJ and Q Series Aircraft Operators


  • LOT Polish Airlines signs five-year Smart Parts agreement to provide component management for the airline’s fleet of Q400 aircraft
  • Jazz Technical Services becomes first Canadian Authorized Service Facility for CRJ and Q Series aircraft
  • Bombardier expands strategic alliance with GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business to include support for the CRJ Series regional jets
  • FSTC acquiring Q400 aircraft simulator from FlightSafety International to provide crew training in India and region

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today, from the International Paris Air Show, four transactions pertaining to its Customer Services offerings.    These transactions showcase the work that Bombardier is doing to enhance support to more than 240 operators and the global fleet of over 2,700 Bombardier commercial aircraft serving approximately 200 million passengers annually.    Managed under the portfolio of The Bombardier FlightAdvantage, operators are deriving the unmatched benefits that come with working alongside the team that knows the company’s commercial aircraft best.

LOT Polish Airlines Signs Smart Parts Component Management Agreement
LOT Polish Airlines has signed a five-year Smart Parts agreement with Bombardier to provide long-term component management for the airline’s fleet of 10 Q400 aircraft.    The Smart Parts program provides LOT with comprehensive component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, access to a strategically located spare part exchange pool, and on-site inventories based at the airline’s hub in Warsaw.
“LOT has been a customer of the Smart Parts program for several years, and we are pleased to enter into a new agreement knowing that we can rely on Bombardier’s comprehensive and cost-effective support,” said Rafal Milczarski, Chief Executive Officer, LOT Polish Airlines.
“With this new agreement, LOT will continue to benefit from the component management solutions, superior parts availability and cost predictability that Bombardier provides via the Smart Parts program.    We’re very happy that we’ve been selected to support LOT as the airline continues to develop its Q400 aircraft network,” said Todd Young, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Jazz Technical Services Becomes a Canadian Authorized Service Facility for Q Series Turboprops and CRJ Regional Jets
Bombardier has enhanced support for operators of Q Series turboprops and CRJ regional jets by entering into an agreement with Jazz Aviation LP (Jazz), a Chorus Aviation Inc. subsidiary, whereby Jazz Technical Services (JTS) will become Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s first Authorized Service Facility (ASF) located in Canada.   Under the ASF agreement, which takes effect immediately, JTS will offer aircraft operators heavy maintenance services from its facilities located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
“As an operator and MRO service provider of Bombardier regional aircraft for over three decades, our JTS and Maintenance and Engineering teams have exceptional expertise and experience with these Canadian-made aircraft,” said Colin Copp, President, Jazz.    “Today’s announcement marks an exciting new chapter in our long-standing relationship and we look forward to collaborate on providing valued support to Bombardier aircraft operators.”
“Jazz Aviation operates one of the largest fleets of Q Series and CRJ aircraft in the world and has received numerous Airline Reliability Performance Awards from Bombardier in recognition of its outstanding dispatch reliability.    I am delighted that Jazz’s technical division, JTS is now available to support other Q Series and CRJ aircraft operators across Canada,” said Mr. Young.

Bombardier Strengthens Strategic Alliance with GKN Aerospace’s Fokker Business
Bombardier has extended and expanded its strategic alliance with GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business to provide coverage for the CRJ Series regional jets.    As an Authorized Service Provider, GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business is therefore now supporting operators of Dash 8/Q Series 100/200/300 turboprops, as well as operators of CRJ Series regional jets under Fokker’s industry-leading ABACUS program.  Aimed at improving the availability of components and reducing operators’ repair and overhaul costs, the ABACUS program provides customized services on a cost-by-the-hour basis, allowing operators to better manage the life-cycle costs of their aircraft.
“The guaranteed availability of serviceable components under the ABACUS program has been instrumental in ensuring the efficient, reliable operation of many Dash 8/Q Series 100/200/300 aircraft for more than six years, so we are pleased to extend our agreement with Fokker and to expand it to cover the CRJ Series regional jets,” said Mr. Young.
“Our agreement with Bombardier to provide component repair management to operators of Bombardier Q400 aircraft, which was announced in March this year, and now our expanded support on the ABACUS program to cover the CRJ Series regional jets, signal our growing commitment to support operators of Bombardier’s industry-leading aircraft,” said Erik Geertsema, Vice President Business and Strategy Development at GKN Aerospace’s Fokker Services business.

FSTC to Provide Q400 Aircraft Crew Training
Flight Simulation Technique Centre Pvt Ltd. (FSTC), India’s largest stand-alone diversified Approved Training Organization, has entered into a data license agreement with Bombardier, and has ordered a Q400 Full Flight Simulator from FlightSafety International to provide support to Q400 aircraft operators.    FlightSafety is a world leading supplier of training services, flight simulators, visual systems and displays.
“We welcome our new partners; our collaboration will go a long way to support Q400 aircraft crew training.    This will benefit operators, not only in India, but also in the region,” said Sanjay Mandavia, Managing Director, FSTC. “FSTC is dedicated to delivering professional training experiences at the best prices to meet airline and individual training and rating goals, and we look forward to working with FlightSafety and Bombardier to support Q400 aircraft operators.”
“We’re pleased to welcome FSTC to our Customer Services network.   From its base in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, the Centre is well positioned to deliver high-quality training for Q400 aircraft operators in India and the region,” said Mr. Young.

SpiceJet signs LOI for up to 50 Bombardier Q400s


Indian low-cost carrier (LCC) SpiceJet has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the purchase of up to 50 Bombardier Q400 turboprops, the Canadian manufacturer announced at the Paris Air Show June 20.   The LOI includes 25 Q400 turboprops and purchase rights on an additional 25 aircraft, and is valued at $1.6 billion if all rights are exercised, based on current list prices.
“[The Q400’s] 86-seat configuration will support SpiceJet [to] develop its domestic operations from Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities across India,” Bombardier VP Sales-South Asia and Australasia François Cognard said.
“SpiceJet operates India’s largest regional fleet and is the only organized operator in this space.   The acquisition will help us further increase connectivity to smaller towns and cities and help realize Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ensuring that every Indian can fly,” SpiceJet chairman and MD Ajay Singh said.  The airline has taken delivery of 15 Q400 aircraft since 2010 and at present operates 20 Q400s in a 78-seat configuration on both domestic and international routes.
SpiceJet is the second announced customer for the 86-seat variant of the Q400 at Le Bourget, following Philippine Airlines’ order for seven of the aircraft placed June 19.    In addition to the Q400 LOI, SpiceJet announced June 19 that it signed an MOU for 40 Boeing 737 MAX 10s.

Bombardier’s FlightLink System for C Series Aircraft Showing Strong Benefits as Fleet of In-service Jetliners Grows


Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that customers are benefiting from the C Series Aircraft Health Management System (AHMS) following the successful entry-into-service (EIS) of the CS100 and CS300 aircraft last year.    Now known as the “FlightLink” system, this suite of services leverages the vast amount of data recorded from C Series aircraft, rapidly moving that key data from the air to the ground, and from the ground to the customer.    It enhances decision-making on aircraft performance and maintenance, eliminating wait times and allowing for rapid analysis. The system thereby optimizes aircraft availability and lowers maintenance costs.
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and Air Baltic Corporation AS (airBaltic) have signed up and have been utilizing the FlightLink system for the management of their CS100 and CS300 aircraft since EIS.    Delta Air Lines has signed up for the system to facilitate the management of its ordered CS100 aircraft.     Other customers continue to familiarize themselves with the system during briefing and training sessions being conducted by Bombardier as they get closer to their EIS.
“Our FlightLink system for C Series aircraft is specifically designed to optimize aircraft availability and lower maintenance costs throughout the life cycle of the aircraft.   With the entry-into-service of SWISS’ CS100 and CS300 aircraft, as well as airBaltic’s CS300 aircraft, we are now capturing vast amounts of data and supporting our operators in the management of their C Series aircraft from our Customer Services nerve centre in Mirabel, Québec,” said Todd Young, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services and Q400 Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.  “Combined with the C Series aircraft’s unmatched performance, economics and environmental credentials, the FlightLink system affords operators with dispatch reliability levels and cost-savings that have not previously been available in this market segment.”
“With nine C Series aircraft now in our fleet, we are beginning to see the strong capabilities of the FlightLink system. It’s a powerful tool that keeps us informed about the performance of our C Series aircraft,” said Gabriele Pedrazzini, Head of Maintenance Operation Control, SWISS.   “Our decision-making regarding the maintenance requirements for our C Series aircraft is easier now that we’re fully utilizing the FlightLink system.    We expect that this advantage will become even more evident as more C Series aircraft are added to our fleet,” said Andris Vaivads, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations, airBaltic.
“As we prepare for the entry-into-service of the CS100 aircraft at Delta, our teams are gaining much insight from Bombardier’s deployment of the FlightLink system.    We look forward to the introduction of the CS100 to our fleet and to the operational advantages that will come with the FlightLink system,” said Greg May, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management and Fleet Strategy, Delta Air Lines.
The C Series aircraft is manufactured by the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership, an affiliate of the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft segment of Bombardier Inc.

Philippine Airlines firms seven Bombardier Q400 orders

Philippine Airlines (PAL) intends to use its latest order for Bombardier Q400s to help wrest market share back from local low-cost carriers (LCCs), PAL COO Jaime Bautista said at the Paris Air Show June 19.   PAL has converted seven purchase orders for Q400s to firm orders.    In December 2016, it firmed the other five aircraft in what had initially been a letter of intent to purchase 12.
“We used to be the dominant domestic player, but with the arrival of LCCs in the early 2000s, they were able to get people who used to ravel by boat or bus,” Bautista said.    “They have grown faster than us and the board of PAL believes we should get back market share.”
The seven new Q400s will replace five older examples of the Canadian-built turboprop in the airline’s inventory. They will be outfitted in an 86-seat, dual-class configuration—eight premium economy at 33-in. pitch and 78 economy-class at 29-in. pitch.    Bautista said 29 in. was “very comfortable for domestic operations.”   PAL is the launch operator for the 86-seat dual-class variant.
The first of the initial batch of five Q400s ordered late in 2016 will be delivered in July, with one a month arriving until November.   The new aircraft ordered at the show will start to arrive in March 2018.  Five will arrive throughout next year, with the remaining two in the second half of 2019.
Bombardier is still looking for a launch customer for a high-density 90-seat version of the Q400, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Fred Cromer said.    This would have a 28-in. pitch.    Asked at the PAL press conference in Paris if he felt that might impact on the appeal of the aircraft, he said seat pitch was becoming “less and less relevant; it’s the [seat] technology that’s becoming more important.”

AirBaltic takes delivery of fifth CS300


Latvian carrier airBaltic has received its fifth Bombardier CS300, after becoming the launch customer for the larger CSeries variant in late 2016.
The fifth CS300 aircraft, registered as YL-CSE, arrived in Riga June 16, following a seven-hr. and 56-min. nonstop flight from Montreal Mirabel.
Thus far, airBaltic has completed more than 1,552 flights and flown over 3,892 block hours with its CS300 fleet.
By the end of 2019, airBaltic plans to have 20 Bombardier CS300 aircraft in its fleet.
AirBaltic will exhibit its fourth Bombardier CS300, which was delivered June 1, at the Paris Air Show.    The Latvian carrier has 20 CS300 jets on firm order.