Air Canada to Pass on Bombardier CSeries Jet Order

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Air Canada has dealt a blow to Bombardier’s hopes of landing the country’s largest carrier as one of its first CSeries customers after deciding not to immediately replace its remaining fleet of Embraer E190s.

After selecting Boeing 737 MAX last year to replace 20 Embraers, the airline was looking at options for 25 planes that remain in its fleet. However, it said Thursday that the 90-seat aircraft are still relatively young and it prefers to avoid more capital expenditures and debt as it focuses on adding 37 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and retrofitting 18 Boeing 777s with more seats.

“These 25 airplanes still have life to them and so we’ve determined to stay with that as well for the foreseeable future. Obviously when they are closer to end of life and the Airbus 319’s are closer to the end of life we can consider more narrow-body decisions then, but that’s not in the short term,” airline CEO Calin Rovinescu said during a conference call about its first-quarter results.

Bombardier said it was disappointed by Air Canada’s decision, but is confident the aircraft is best suited for Air Canada’s needs once it eventually proceeds with buying new narrow-body aircraft.

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