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Air Canada firms up order for 45 C Series jetliners

Air Canada has firmed up an order for 45 Bombardier C Series CS300 jetliners, with options for 30 more.
Air Canada has firmed up an order for 45 Bombardier C Series CS300 jetliners, with options for 30 more. Courtesy illustration

Air Canada has firmed up an order for 45 Bombardier C Series CS300 aircraft with options for 30 more.

Air Canada in February signed a letter of intent for the narrowbody airliners manufactured by the parent company of Wichita’s Learjet.

“This order is a major statement of support for Canada’s aerospace industry and will help support thousands of C Series related jobs,” Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare said in a news release Tuesday. “It also serves as an important catalyst for renewed interest and subsequent orders.”

Bombardier said deliveries are expected to begin in late 2019 and continue through 2022. The firm order is valued at $3.8 billion at list prices. If Air Canada exercises all options, the list-price value of the deal would increase to $6.3 billion.

The Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita flight tests the C Series family of aircraft, which besides the CS300 includes the smaller CS100.

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