Friday, April 4, 2008
BBD Small T-Props Phased Out, MRJ Comment
As a result of the growing aircraft size, the company is also phasing out production of its Q200 and Q300 series aircraft in favor of its Q400 turboprop which is growing in popularity. The backlog of the smaller aircraft is only 17 and production will cease in May 2009 with the final delivery of the aircraft types. Most of the employees will move over to the Q400 production line
Bombardier would not weigh in on the newly launched MRJ except to say that the aircraft has modern engines making the performance good but, given the fact it is a very heavy aircraft for regional operations, operating costs will not be as good as one would expect given the engine. Officials indicated that they are continuing to study the new aircraft both with respect to it performance as well as Mitsubishi’s strategy in the market. They noted that the aircraft is being developed in Japan that does not have a large local market. While the MRJ is intended to be competitive with the CSeries, officials said that Mitsubishi seems to be focusing on the regional market whereas the CSeries is designed for mainline airlines. They also pointed out that Mitsubishi has a lot to do before they established themselves in the regional market.