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Why so slow sales for C series?
Firstly, there's the A320NEO and Boeing 737MAX whose range of family allow airlines to maximize operating costs without needing to add a new aircraft type. It might make sense to buy the CSeries if the airline's suitably large enough that the cost from operating two families of aircraft are offset by efficiencies. Secondly, the CSeries is unproven, and airlines don't want to commit until they have performance guarantees. And it has been insinuated that Bombardier's sales team aren't exactly stellar.
 

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Either way, Bombardier really needs Air Canada signing on to get the C Series on better footing.
 

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All in all the sales are better than the 736 and 318 put together. Also notice that the NEO and MAX programs are missing the lower end of they're narrow body offer which can only mean this airframe is making an impact.
 

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The CS300 goes directly against the A319 and the 737-700/737 MAX 7, in that size range the C Series is also doing much better then A & B.

But it's not just Airbus and Boeing of course, it's also going against the planes from Embraer E-Jet, Sukhoi Superjet, Irkut MS-21, Comac ARJ21 & C919, all of which have more orders then the C Series. But it has to be said that the new Russian and Chinese planes are heavily backed by local orders which sometimes border direct state support with orders placed by state owned leasing companies and airlines.
 

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Bombardier accidentally avoided A320/A321/B738/B739 territory because they know it will be very, very hard to break the duopoly of Airbus and Boeing with an airframe yet to prove. Also, Airbus and Boeing can offer their aircraft at very cheap prices thanks to the high production of 42 aircraft per month.

They can try a larger CS500 if the CS100/CS300 turns out to be a success but first things first: grab a piece of the 110-135 seat market where Airbus and Boeing don't have a strong competitor.

Sukhoi Superjet
Sukhoi is having financial issues and I heard the reliability of the Superjet isn't good at all. Aeroflot will sell their first 10 aircraft back to Sukhoi.

Things must change if Sukhoi wants to stay in the game.

Comac ARJ21 & C919
The ARJ21 is a bit smaller and the C919 EIS is delayed to 2017 at least. And:

all of which have more orders then the C Series
Indeed. Somehow I doubt Comac will gain much more market share outside China.

IMO the biggest competitor of the CSeries will be the Embraer E-Jet E2 family, which was launched during the Paris Air Show in June with over 300 orders and commitments.
 

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Sukhoi is having financial issues and I heard the reliability of the Superjet isn't good at all. Aeroflot will sell their first 10 aircraft back to Sukhoi.
Thats not exactly the case with SSJ, Aeroflot simply made an agreement to replace the first 10 planes, as they were early builts, with ten of the "normal" version of the aircraft. 787 early planes were not performing great eiether, happens with new airplanes. Which means that Aeroflot will receive normally the 30 SSJ.

Of course I believe that the CS will most likely have a better fate than Sukhoi, at least in the future.
 
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