Delays in the suuply of Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1500G engine have led Bombardier to revise its C Series delivery schedule.
The Canadian manufacturer had planned to hand over 15 aircraft by the end of the year but this has been adjusted to seven.
“The C Series engine is performing very well in service. We are working very closely with Pratt & Whitney to quickly address this supplier ramp-up issue and to ensure we have a strong supplier base to support our long-term growth objectives,” explained Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We are very confident in our production ramp-up plan, including our ability to meet our production goal of 90 to 120 aircraft per year by 2020.”
Bombardier has handed over two CS100s to Swiss with a third due for delivery next month. The manufacturer says the first example of the larger CS300 remains on track to be delivered to launch operator airBaltic in the fourth quarter.
The two aircraft in service with Swiss have flown nearly 400 revenue flights, totalling almost 600 flight hours, and Cromer says their performance has been good.
“We are very pleased with the performance of the C Series during its entry-into-service with our launch customer Swiss,” he revealed. “The aircraft is meeting all expectations and clearly demonstrating that it is the best performing and most efficient aircraft in the 100- to 150-seat class.”
Last week, Bombardier confirmed that it had received the second and final $500m instalment of the Government of Québec’s investment in the C Series programme.