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Old November 23rd, 2007, 02:19 PM   #21
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Airline SAS says safety is satisfactory

STOCKHOLM, Nov 21 (Reuters) - SAS defended its safety record on Wednesday after a newspaper report said an official safety expert had warned that poor procedures at the airline meant there was a risk of a serious accident.

"There is no ground for questioning safety in general at SAS. In general the flight safety development within the company is satisfactory," the Scandinavian airline, half-owned by Sweden, Norway and Denmark, said in a statement.

Shares in SAS fell 5 percent to 92 Swedish crowns by 1028 GMT while the Stockholm bourse was down 2 percent. An analyst who declined to be named said the latest safety concerns had added to the share fall.

"There is already a lack of confidence in SAS and statements like this don't make things better. It's definitely negative," the analyst said.

Danish daily Jyllands-Posten quoted a safety expert at Norway's Civil Aviation Authority as saying it was only "a matter of time before a serious accident can happen at airline SAS.

"SAS has gone from being a robust and safe airline to being a frail and vulnerable airline," Kjell Klevan wrote in a note to his Scandinavian colleagues in March, blaming a deficient safety culture and lack of leadership at the company, according to the paper.

Klevan repeated his accusations when contacted by Jyllands-Posten, the paper said.

SAS suffered problems with its fleet of 27 Dash 8 Q400s and withdrew the planes from service after three of the aircraft crash landed in recent months. No one was hurt in the crashes.

But Klevan's comments were made before the Dash 8 problems emerged and wrote his report after a SAS flight suffered a tail strike on takeoff from Shanghai in 2005. Jyllands Posten also referred to another incident in Shanghai when a SAS flight had taken off with a fuel leak in one wing.

SAS said it had carried out measures to avoid similar incidents.

"The events in Shanghai are unique and unacceptable and should never have taken place, but we want in the strongest terms to oppose Klevan's statement that there would be problems with flight safety at SAS," SAS said. (Reporting by Anna Ringstrom; Editing by David Holmes)
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Austrian Airlines plane in emergency landing in Vienna: agency

VIENNA, Feb 25, 2008 (AFP) - An Austrian Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Vienna airport on Monday, news agency APA reported -- the latest in a series of incidents involving Dash 8-Q400 planes.

The emergency touchdown, with no reported injuries, was due to problems with its landing gear, emergency services told APA.

The incident is the latest to involve a Bombardier-made Dash 8-Q400 plane, which were briefly grounded by Nordic aviation authorities last year.

The aircraft had arrived from Nuremberg in Germany, and was carrying 78 passengers, who exited via the escape chutes, the fire services told APA.

A similar incident occurred in Copenhagen on October 27 involving a 8-Q400 belonging to Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). In the wake of that incident, all such airplanes were grounded by the aviation authorities of the Nordic countries.

This latest incident is the third in two months involving the landing gear of the Dash 8-Q400, which is made by the Canadian group Bombardier.

In November, the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) upheld the flight authorisation for the aircraft.

Austrian Airlines (AUA) has 10 such aircraft.
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Airline SAS gets 1 billion kronor in compensation from Bombardier
10 March 2008

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Scandinavian airline group SAS AB says it will receive just over 1 billion kronor (US$164 million; €163.512 million) in compensation from aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc. and landing gear supplier Goodrich as a result of three crash landings.

SAS says it will receive the compensation in cash as well as credits for future aircraft orders.

As part of the agreement, SAS will order 27 new aircraft from Bombardier and has the option to buy another 24.

SAS grounded its Bombardier-made Dash 8 Q400 aircraft fleet in October last year after problems with the landing gear caused three crash landings.
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Canada agrees improper repair work caused Bombardier accident
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TOKYO, May 20 -- Canadian aviation authorities have agreed in principle with a report by a Japanese government panel arguing that an accident last year involving an airplane made by Canada's Bombardier Aerospace likely stemmed from the maker's failure to fit an essential bolt during repair work, sources close to the matter said Monday.

Following the agreement, the Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission is set to compile and unveil a final report on the accident in March last year, in which the DHC8-Q400 Bombardier plane operated by Japan's All Nippon Airways Co. made a nose-landing at Kochi airport in western Japan, the sources said.

In the envisaged final report, the panel belonging to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is expected to urge the Canadian authorities to clarify maintenance procedures and strengthen quality control, according to the sources.

''Maintenance work around the bolt was only conducted by Bombardier prior to the accident, and no other factors are conceivable than the failure to attach the bolt during the work,'' a draft of the final report says.

According to the sources, the commission sent the draft to the Canadian side earlier this year and received a response indicating general agreement with the content in the middle of this month.

The draft also points out that if there had been specific and appropriate instructions on work procedures, failure to attach the bolt could have been prevented.
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Bombardier's new C-Series plane to sell like hotcakes









Analysts predict Bombardier's new CSeries jet to sell like hotcakes

3 hours ago
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MONTREAL — Canada's lone aircraft maker has pinned its future on being able to buck a worldwide slump in airplane sales with a new environmentally friendly jet to be assembled in Montreal.

Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) announced Sunday that it is finally going ahead with the CSeries passenger jet, hoping its fuel-efficient engine will lure airlines coping with volatile fuel prices.

Company president and chief executive Pierre Beaudoin promised the CSeries would do nothing less than "revolutionize" the 100-to 149-seat commercial market.

Bombardier went ahead with the launch on the eve of Britain's prestigious Farnborough Air Show, with only a provisional order for 30 planes from German airline Lufthansa.

That's a far cry from the 50-100 orders the company had said it needed before moving ahead with the $3.3 billion venture.

But along with its provisional order, Lufthansa took out an option for 30 more jets. At a price of US$46.7 million each, the deal could eventually be worth more than $2.8 billion.

And on the cusp of one of the world's most important air shows, industry analysts predicted more good news announcements would be in store for Bombardier.

"(The CSeries) is going to sell like hotcakes," said Jacques Kavafian of Toronto-based Research Capital. "We think that before the show ends, they're going to book a lot more orders."

Kavafian indicated deals with Qatar Airways and International Lease Finance Corp. are likely in the works, while others with Shanghai Airlines and China Southern could be in the offing.

Bombardier confirmed Sunday that discussions with a number of airlines worldwide "are progressing well."

"We are engaged in active and very promising discussions with a number of airlines worldwide," Beaudoin told reporters in Farnborough.

Even without any firm contracts, Bombardier's workers joined Quebec's political class to hail the move to go ahead with the CSeries as essential for the country's aerospace industry.

The long-range jet will be designed and manufactured at its aircraft factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

But the manufacture of the aircraft's aft fuselage and cockpit will take place at its plant in Saint-Laurent, Que., while the final assembly will take place at a plant to be built in nearby Mirabel.


Quebec Premier Jean Charest said the CSeries will create 3,500 direct jobs in the province, along with several hundred spin-off opportunities.

"It's the entire Quebec economy that will benefit, not just Montreal but the regions as well," Charest told a news conference in Mirabel on Sunday.

The CSeries project will be financed partly by loans from Ottawa and the governments of Quebec, Northern Ireland and Britain.

Guy C. Hachey, president and chief operating officer at Bombardier Aerospace, called the CSeries aircraft program "a compelling business proposal" for both Canada and Quebec as well as Northern Ireland and the British government.

"It involves, among other things, the development of new technology, creation of employment and further consolidation of Canada's leadership in the aerospace industry," said Hachey.

"Our partners, including governments and suppliers, will benefit from the program's success."

Montreal narrowly beat out Kansas City, Mo., as the location for the assembly work. Charest acknowledged that his government "adjusted" its loan offer in light of the competition.

Quebec will invest $117 million in the project, while the federal government will inject $350 million.

Though the loans are interest free, both levels of government will recoup an undisclosed dividend for each plane sold.

"This is a situation where we all will emerge as winners," Charest said, adding his government is also committed to financing the building of the new plant in Mirabel.

Another major obstacle to the work being done in Canada was removed last week when Bombardier machinists voted 82.6 per cent in favour of a new tentative agreement - provided the new planes are built in Quebec.

The workers agreed that up to 15 per cent of the employees would work under a six-year contract with longer probation periods.

The new deal includes a 3.25 per cent salary increase per year over six years.

"These jobs will attract young people to the aerospace industry," said Michel Arsenault, head of the Quebec Federation of Labour , which represents Bombardier's machinists union.

"They will help make aerospace to Quebec what the car industry is to Ontario."

Underscoring the risk behind the project is the fact Bombardier has never built a plane as large as the planned CSeries.

The 100-to 149-seat commercial market is currently dominated by Europe's Airbus Industries and Chicago-based Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA), the world's two biggest commercial aviation companies.

"This is definitely the largest airplane, size wise, that Bombardier has ever endeavoured on," said Benjamin Boehm, director of the C-Series program.

"It's a move into the mainline market segment where we're targeting with this the larger mainline carriers."

Bombardier officials called the plane "the greenest of its class" and say it will be about 20 per cent more fuel efficient than its rivals.


That could provide a significant market opening for Bombardier at a time when the industry is racking up massive losses - about US$2.3 billion forecast for this year alone - and 25 airlines have shut down in the last six months.

"I think the CSeries could potentially be one of the best selling narrow-body airplanes in history because of its operational cost savings,"
analyst Kavafian said.

With record world oil prices, the costs of jet fuel has doubled in the last year and many airlines have cut jobs and reduced capacity to cope, or gone out of business.

Air Canada, (TSX:AC.B) Canada's largest air carrier, has cut 2,000 jobs and reduced capacity by about seven per cent to reduce expenses.


Executives at Lufthansa said the plane appealed to their need to keep fuel costs under control.

"Our initial evaluations of the CSeries family of aircraft and discussions with Bombardier over the last few months have evolved and made us believe that the CSeries family of aircraft clearly meets our stringent requirements for sustainable fleet development," said Nico Buchholz, senior vice-president, corporate fleet.

"After watching the development of the geared turbofan engine since the very early stages, we are confident that this next generation engine will deliver on its targets of double digit reductions in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs."

One of the world's major jet engine makers, Pratt & Whitney, will build the geared turbofan engine that will power the CSeries. Pratt & Whitney, which has major operations in the Montreal-area, is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

The first of the CSeries are slated for delivery in 2013.










Monday, July 14, 2008

Bombardier to invest a record £500m in Belfast aircraft plant

GERRY MORIARTY, Northern Editor

FIRST MINISTER Peter Robinson has described as “the most important investment in Northern Ireland for a generation” the decision by Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier to invest £500 million (€625 million) in its Northern Ireland operation for a new series of aircraft.

The investment, which Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said was won following joint lobbying by himself and Mr Robinson of British prime minister Gordon Brown, will sustain more than 800 jobs at Bombardier in east Belfast.

It is the biggest single investment by any company in Northern Ireland.

Bombardier in Belfast will manufacture the wings for the company’s new series of aircraft called the CSeries, described as “the greenest single-aisle aircraft in its class”.

The British government is providing funding of £52 million to the project in Belfast as part of a wider contribution of £155 million to Bombardier.

Bombardier announced the project yesterday at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. At the announcement were the DUP Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Industry Arlene Foster and Northern Secretary Shaun Woodward.

Bombardier said that German airline Lufthansa has signed a letter of interest for up to 60 CSeries aircraft at an approximate price of $46.7 million (€29.4 million) each. They are due to enter into service in 2013.

It added that “discussions with a number of established airlines worldwide are progressing well”.

The final assembly of the aircraft will be at Mirabel near Montreal in Canada. Its fuselage and cockpit will be manufactured at Bombardier Aerospace’s facility at Saint Laurent in Canada. Belfast will design and manufacture the wings.

Bombardier has major ambitions for the CSeries aircrafts which will carry between 110 and 130 passengers. It believes that there is a demand for 6,300 aircraft in the 100- to 149-seat commercial aircraft market over the next 20 years. This business, according to the company, is worth $250 billion and Bombardier “expects to be able to capture up to half of this market”.

“Today is a great day for Bombardier, our customers, our employees, our shareholders and our suppliers. I am proud to say that we have met our business plan objectives: a technologically advanced aircraft family, a strong pipeline of orders and repayable investments with governments and agreements with key suppliers,” said Pierre Beaudoin, president and chief executive of Bombardier.

Nico Buchholz, senior vice president of Lufthansa’s corporate fleet, said the airline was proud to be part of the launch.

Mr Robinson said the investment was an enormous boost for Northern Ireland in general and east Belfast in particular. He said many of the 800 jobs would be new jobs.

“It is impossible to underestimate the importance of such an investment . . . and given the nature of the lengthy negotiations and the present economic climate, I have absolutely no doubt that but for devolution this deal would have been lost,” he said.

“This investment not only delivers jobs to Northern Ireland, but crucially does so in a high-skill, high-value-added sector. It will give a boost to the whole of Northern Ireland.” Mr McGuinness said he and Mr Robinson lobbied Mr Brown to help secure the investment. As well as sustaining jobs at Bombardier Belfast, he hoped it would generate “further jobs in the supply chain”.

© 2008 The Irish Times
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Old July 14th, 2008, 07:10 AM   #26
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20% ... not bad
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I think they will replace the Avro jets
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If this jet sells well, it will finally restore Canada to its former global position in the aerospace industry after the Avro was cancelled in the 1950's. It's been a long climb back from that disastrous move so many decades ago.
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If this jet sells well, it will finally restore Canada to its former global position in the aerospace industry after the Avro was cancelled in the 1950's. It's been a long climb back from that disastrous move so many decades ago.
I wouldn't necessarily say "restore" and compare it with the Avro....I mean, the Avrow had it not been canceled would have put Canada in number one on the fighter jet business. We had the only fighter jet aircraft at that time.
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I'm talking about the overall aerospace industry, not specific categories. Aerospace involves many areas and technologies besides final assembly of planes: airplane engines, parts, satellites, avionics/electronics, military, in addition to the design and final assembly of various types of planes. Canada has always been a significant player in aerospace, but back in the 1950's, we were a dominant aerospace nation with leading capabilities in all areas.

We're back to #4 in the world, and the new C-series will help us maintain that position, or climb even climb higher since it will provide a significant boost to Canada's overall aerospace industry revenue. That is a restoration to our former position, as far as I'm concerned.

It should also help cement our position as one of the few nations that designs and manufactures civilian aircraft on a large scale.
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The plane isn't exactly selling... Other than the LOI from Lufthansa.

Can't help but feel that the C-Series looks like a mini version of the A350.
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The plane isn't exactly selling... Other than the LOI from Lufthansa.

Can't help but feel that the C-Series looks like a mini version of the A350.

yeah, but it's cheaper and uses less fuel
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Cheaper in what sense?

The C-series SHOULD use less fuel than the A350 considering the difference in size of the plane.
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i expect it should be cheaper to buy the plane, and cheaper to run it (per passanger)
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Bombardier Q400 planes have had few prior problems
13 February 2009
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian plane maker Bombardier Inc said Friday the crash of one of its Dash 8 Q400 turboprop aircraft near Buffalo, New York, Thursday night, which killed 50 people, was the first fatal crash involving that type of plane, although it has had some safety problems.

A spokesman for Bombardier said 220 of the Q400 turboprops have been delivered to 30 airlines around the world.

Over nine years of flights, the fleet had logged more than 1 million flying hours and 1.5 million takeoff cycles without a fatal accident, said Bombardier spokesman John Arnone.

The plane in the Buffalo crash was just under a year old.

The company said it has sent a product safety and technical team to the crash site to help with the investigation.

"We have singularly set for ourselves a priority, which is to deal with this tragic accident and to deal with it the best that we can by assisting the (National Transportation Safety Board) where and if required," Arnone said.

Pratt & Whitney Canada, the maker of the engine for the plane, also sent officials to the site, a spokeswoman said.

The cause of the crash was unknown.

"There have been a few crashes with the Dash 8 over the years, but I don't recall anything that has been noticeably pointed out in the literature about that particular airplane that would suggest any issues," said David Greatrix, professor of aerospace at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Three made-in-Toronto Dash 8 Q-400 planes, owned by airline SAS, were involved in crash landings in Scandinavia in a span of 45 days in the fall of 2007 due to problems with landing gear.

SAS later pulled its 27-strong fleet of Q400s out of service at a cost of hundreds of millions of Swedish crowns.

SAS said in March of last year it had agreed with Bombardier and landing gear maker Goodrich Corp on compensation for the problems. The details were confidential, but SAS had said it would receive total compensation of "slightly more than 1 billion Swedish crowns" ($120 million) in cash payment and credits for future aircraft orders.

COMPANY BANKS ON STRONG Q400 SALES

Montreal-based Bombardier said last week it would lay off 1,360 people due to the downturn in the business jet market. It said that softness could be offset by an expected 10 percent rise in orders for commercial aircraft, led by an increase in demand for the Q400 turboprop.

Richard Stoneman, an analyst Dundee Securities, said he does not expect Bombardier sales to suffer as a result of Thursday's crash.

"I can't think of any other aircraft where sales have been adversely affected by incidents of this type," he said.

The company said earlier this week that it had finalized terms with Colgan Air, the airline that operated the plane that crashed on Thursday, on an option to buy another 15 Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners.

That was on top of 15 firm Colgan orders, worth $432 million, announced in January for the fuel-efficient, low emission, 70- to 80-seat turboprop airliner.

Colgan Air is a subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines Corp .

The lead insurer on the Buffalo flight was United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG), an aviation pool that includes a unit of ACE Ltd, Berkshire Hathaway units General Re Corp and Wesco-Financial Insurance Co, and Liberty Mutual, according to British insurance newsletter The Insurance Insider. Calls to USAIG and several of the companies by Reuters were not immediately returned. A spokesman for ACE said the company does not comment on potential claims.

Bombardier is the world's third-largest maker of civil aircraft and the world's biggest maker of rail equipment.

Its shares have been under pressure lately, dropping more than 20 percent so far this year, as the corporate jet market deteriorates due to the weak economy.

Shares of Bombardier Inc were down 23 Canadian cents, or 6.5 percent, at C$3.30 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday afternoon.

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Transportation authorities order inspections on Bombardier Q400s
22 April 2009
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MONTREAL _ U.S. and Canadian transportation authorities have ordered new inspections on the landing gear of Bombardier's Q400 Dash 8 turboprops.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday issued a final airworthiness directive effective May 6 aimed at preventing collapses of the plane's landing gear manufactured by American supplier Goodrich.

It requires visual and non-destructive inspections of the aft hinge of the main landing gear forward stabilizer brace for fatigue cracks following 2,000 landings.

The FAA move comes one month after Transport Canada issued a similar directive upon receiving ``several reports'' of failures of a hinge on the brace.

``Laboratory examinations have found that the fatigue cracks were initiated from the dowel pin hole at the aft hinge lug of the main landing gear forward stabilizer brace where the stop bracket is attached,'' Transport Canada said.

``Failure of the stabilizer brace could result in the collapse of the main landing gear.''

Horizon Air, which has the largest fleet of Q400s in the United States with 37 aircraft, inspected 20 qualifying planes immediately after Transport Canada issued its directive in March.

The Q400 have experienced several landing gear problems in recent years, notably in Japan and Scandinavia.

In Canada, the largest user of Dash 8 planes is Air Canada Jazz (TSX:JAZ.UN), with 34 aircraft.

But the airline says it uses the Q100 and Q300 models that don't have the landing gear problems.

Toronto-based regional carrier Porter Airlines operates the Q400.

Bombardier's shares closed up one cent to $3.48 in Wednesday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
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Five more Bombardier Q400 turboprop airplanes sold
3 August 2009
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Canadian manufacturer Bombardier has received an order for five Q400 turboprop airplanes from an airline that asked not to be identified, for 159 million dollars (US), it announced Monday.

The buyer has also taken options to purchase another five Q400 airplanes, Bombardier said in a statement.

The Q400 NextGen aircraft is currently in use around the world by 30 operators, and is capable of carrying up to 80 passengers on short-haul flights. This latest order brings the total number of the Q400 airplanes sold or on order to 362.
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Canada loans SAS money to complete order
5 August 2009

TORONTO (AP) - Canada is lending Scandinavian Airlines SAS up to $173 million Canadian (US$161 million) to help it purchase eight aircraft ordered last year from Canadian airplane manufacturer Bombardier.

International Trade Minister Stockwell Day announced the loan Wednesday. Bombardier's shares jumped more than eight percent, or 32 cents Canadian, to C$8.21 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The loan will support the sale of eight Q400 and CRJ900 aircraft, whose total list price ranges between US$232 million and US$320 million.

SAS and three affiliates ordered 27 aircraft in March 2008, with options for two dozen more aircraft, as part of a compensation agreement after landing gear problems left some of the airline's planes grounded in 2007.

Under the deal, which also involved landing gear manufacturer Goodrich Corp., the airline received more than US$164 million in compensation in cash and credits for future aircraft orders.

Since 2001, the Canadian government has helped finance four other Bombardier Aerospace orders, including two to Delta Airlines subsidiary Comair, one to Air Wisconsin and one to Northwest Airlines. All of the loans exceeded $100 million.

Montreal-based Bombardier is the third largest manufacturer of civilian aircraft in the world with 17,000 employees and a supply chain that extends across Canada.

Bombardier spokesman Marc Duchesne said the latest government funding will help the company even though the money doesn't go to the Montreal-based aircraft maker.

"It's the customer's responsibility to finance the aircraft, but it does help Bombardier to deliver the aircraft, that's for sure," he said.
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I was surprised by lack of suitable active Bombardier threads here. A CSeries thread exists - which is, for some reason, closed since 2008.

On 7th of March, 2013, the first of the 5 CS100 prototype frames was presented. It was not as finished as some other planes were at their rollouts, for example it lacked wing-body fairing - but then again, Boeing 787 on its rollout was fake.

CSeries had been secretly redesigned. CS300 has been stretched, and so has CS100 cabin.

CS300 is now suitable for 160 seats, not 145. Air Baltic chose the extra seats, 148 of them, and Swiss also is interested:
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...-cs300-383185/
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