June 12, 2005
Aerospace Leader Unveils
Mockup at Paris Air Show
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Seattle, WA, USA--(Jobwerx News)--Bombardier Aerospace unveiled the
full-scale mockup of its next-generation CSeries family of aircraft
at the Paris Air Show.
On the eve of the opening day of the Paris Airshow, Bombardier unveiled
the full-scale mockup of its next-generation CSeries family of aircraft
and provided attendees with the first-ever opportunity to experience
first hand the most spacious cabin of any airliner in its class. Bombardier
is a world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions,
from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment.
Bombardier also took the opportunity to announce it had selected its
Mirabel facility as the final assembly site for the CSeries aircraft
and confirmed it was in serious discussions with Pratt & Whitney Canada
for a new centreline engine for the aircraft.
Attendees at the unveiling included Claude Béchard, Québec Minister
of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Jean Teasdale,
Vice president, Cargo and Industrial Development, Aéroports de Montréal,
Laurent Beaudoin, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer,
Bombardier Inc., Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Operating Officer,
Bombardier Aerospace and Gary R. Scott, President, Bombardier New Commercial
"Today is about more than the unveiling of a cabin mockup, it's an opportunity
to experience the future," said Mr. Scott. "The CSeries family of airliners
is the perfect blend of proven systems, materials and leading-edge technology,
optimized for the lower end of the 90- to 149-seat market. With its
widebody feel, the CSeries cross-section will provide enhanced seating
comfort for passengers, with features like broader seats and armrests
for the middle passenger and larger windows at every seat to give every
passenger the physical and psychological advantages of ample natural
The CSeries cabin will also have large, rotating baggage bins, a first
for single aisle aircraft, allowing each passenger to stow a sizeable
carry-on bag on board. Compared to the cabins of current in-service
narrowbody aircraft, the CSeries will provide airlines with the largest
overhead bin volume per passenger and a wider aisle that will allow
for faster boarding and disembarkation of passengers.
"In addition to unmatched passenger comfort, the competitive 110- to
130-seat CSeries family of aircraft will provide 15 per cent improvement
in operating efficiencies, superior operational flexibility, mature
reliability levels at entry into service and overall lower life-cycle
costs. The CSeries aircraft is another example of our commitment to
finding new opportunities for innovation that will ensure our continued
industry leadership," said Pierre Beaudoin.
Bombardier Mirabel facility
As part of its rigorous selection process, Bombardier assessed its Mirabel
facility against an exhaustive list of economic, technical and strategic
criteria and determined that the site was the best environment for the
final assembly and major work packages for the aircraft.
"We are pleased to have the final assembly facility located in Mirabel,
an area where we can count on a skilled aerospace workforce and a good
supply base. I want to thank Bombardier employees in the greater Montréal
area as well as municipal, provincial and federal government officials
for their consolidated efforts that led to this important decision,"
added Mr. Beaudoin.
"Bombardier has chosen Québec,
and now Mirabel, because they can rely on the right expertise needed
to go forward with this project. Internationally, Québec ranks in sixth
place in the aerospace sector. The reasons for this success are the
importance and the quality of our workforce and the confidence major
players have in the future of our industry," said Minister Claude Béchard.
Hubert Meilleur, Mayor of Mirabel said: "This is wonderful news for
the population of Mirabel. It will allow us to relaunch our local aerospace
industry and will contribute to the economic development of our city
Discussions with Pratt & Whitney Canada
Discussions with Pratt & Whitney Canada on a new centreline engine for
the CSeries aircraft have been progressing well. The new engine is expected
to meet the performance targets established by Bombardier. A decision
on the launch of the CSeries program is expected this fall.
Industry forecasts for the next twenty years show worldwide air traffic
growing, on average, by five per cent per annum and market analysis
shows that there will be significant demand for 90- to 149-seat commercial
airliners. Bombardier has identified a total market for the 90- to 149-seat
market segment over the next 20 years of approximately 6,000 aircraft
valued at $ 250 billion US, with over 4,000 aircraft needing to be replaced
over the next decade.
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