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Bombardier plane giving 737 and A320 competition

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Feb. 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
February 25, 2010 3:44 pm

Republic Airways today ordered 40 twin-engine CS300 aircraft from Canada’s Bombardier and took 40 more options on the 138-seat rival to Boeing’s 737 and Airbus’ A320.

The order was a boost for Bombardier, which is advertising its new CS series aircraft as a more efficient replacement for the 737 and the A320.

Republic is the parent company of several U.S. carriers including Frontier Airlines, Midwest Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines, Lynx Aviation, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America.

Bombardier’s CS series of planes carries the same number of passengers as the smaller variants of the 737 and the A320. It is one of a new generation of aircraft being built by aircraft makers in China, Brazil, Japan, Canada and Russia, that are encroaching on the territory traditionally occupied by the 737 and A320. Those two single-aisle aircraft are the bread-and-butter products for Boeing and Airbus with thousands built for airlines worldwide.

The CS series, Bombardier says, will be 20 percent more cost-efficient than the A320 or the 737. The CS will be powered by a new generation of geared turbofan jet from Pratt & Whitney.

Airbus and Boeing are openly talking about re-powering the A320 and 737 with new engines from Pratt & Whitney or General Electric. Bombardier claims that even with new engines, the Airbus and Boeing products won’t match the efficiency of the CS aircraft because of other design refinements to the fuselage and new plane’s wings.

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