Canada’s Bombardier unveils new `green’ planes (Lead)

July 13th, 2008 - 11:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Toronto, July 13 (IANS) Canada’s Bombardier, the world’s third largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, Sunday announced ambitious plans to manufacture a new series of fuel-efficient, green planes. To cost $46.7 million apiece, the aircraft will be assembled at Mirabel near Montreal and go into service in 2013.

Making this announcement at the Farnborough International Airshow near London, Bombardier president (commercial aircraft) Gary Scott said: “The 110-149-seat C-Series family offers the greenest single-aisle aircraft in its class.”

He said, “These game-changing aircraft emit up to 20 percent less carbon dioxide and up to 50 percent less NOx, fly four times quieter, and deliver dramatic energy savings - up to 20 percent fuel burn advantage as well as up to 15 percent improved cash operating costs versus current in-production aircraft of similar size.”

“The C-Series aircraft will set a new benchmark in the industry, consuming as little as two liters of fuel per passenger per 100 kilometres in its more dense seating layouts.”

With Lufthansa signing to buy up to 60 aircraft, the new commercial jet is set to revolutionize the cost-hit aviation sector.

The Canadian company said, “The approximate list price of each aircraft is $46.7 million US. Additionally, discussions with a number of established airlines worldwide are progressing well.”

Calling it a great day for the Montreal-based company, Bombardier CEO and president Pierre Beaudoin said: “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.

“With the latest in system technologies and aerodynamics, the C-Series family of aircraft will revolutionize the economics and network strategies for airline operations in the 100- to 149-seat commercial market,” he said.

“It is another example of our commitment to designing and manufacturing innovative aircraft that will ensure our continued industry leadership.”

The new aircraft series will benefit from the latest technological advancements, including increased use of composites and aluminium lithium in structures, a next-generation engine - the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan, and the very latest in system technologies, such as fly-by-wire, and fourth-generation aerodynamics, Bombardier said.

It said the five-abreast aircraft family is specifically designed to meet the growing needs of the 100- to 149-seat commercial aircraft market category, estimated at 6,300 aircraft representing more than $250 billion revenue over the next 20 years.

Bombardier, which is the third largest maker of commercial aircraft after Boeing and Airbus, said it expects to be able to capture up to half of this market.

In fact, with the launch of the new series, the company will lock horns with industry giants for the small jet market.

Its fuel-efficient 110-130-seat jets will compete with Boeings 737-600, 737-700, Airbus 318 and 319 and Embraer from Brazil.

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