October 12, 2015
Bombardier officials have acknowledged that they recently approached Airbus with a proposal to spin-off the C-Series aircraft as a joint venture between the two manufacturers. Airbus officials have also acknowledged the talks and have indicated that they were "no longer being pursued."
Bombardier officials said on Friday that the manufacturer was in advanced talks to close on a deal for additional C-Series sales with unidentified airlines in North America.
United Airlines has revealed that is plans to order a new fleet of 100-seat jetliners from either Bombardier or Embraer, provided that it can reach an agreement with its pilots for a two-year contract extension. The addition of the 100 seat airplanes would allow United to bring some routes currently flown by regional carriers back within the mainline carrier.
Kazakhstan's Air Astana has closed on a deal to lease three A321 NEOs and a single A320 NEO from AerCap. This would be in addition to the two A320 NEOs and five A321 NEOS that Air Astana has a previously announced lease arrangement for.
China's Comac has reached a deal with the state-run China Exim Bank to provide financing for sales of the C919 aircraft now under development. The agreement covers up to 50 billion yuan ($7.9 billion) in financing.