PARIS—Bombardier’s day of reckoning has finally arrived. The company will premiere its new line of CSeries jets in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators and trade members at the Paris Air Show this week.
While confirmed orders, at 243, remain below the company’s 300-aircraft target, Bombardier hopes to turn the much-delayed project around this week. Bombardier will be showing off the CS100 and CS300 in flight, while also bringing its regional Q400 NextGen Turboprop and CRJ1000 to take part in the stationary displays.
Meanwhile, WestJet’s regional airline Encore, which launched in 2013, has signed a firm order that will add an additional 5 Q400s to its fleet. The deal is valued at $200 million.
The company also announced that Deutsche Lufthansa-owned airline, Swiss, has decided to convert 10 of its 30 firm-order CS100s to the larger CS300s.
Despite the company’s auspicious start to the world’s largest air show, Bombardier will have to wait and see how its aircraft fare against aerospace behemoths Boeing and Airbus when more airlines begin handing down orders.