Industry Delta Air Lines plans to introduce CSeries in early 2019
Delta Air Lines’ CEO Ed Bastian has stated, that the carrier plans to receive the first handful of Bombardier CS100 aircraft in late 2018.
The entry-into-service is scheduled for early 2019. First hubs for the new aircraft type will be Los Angeles, New York and Seattle. The US airline has ordered 75 Bombardier CSeries CS100 in April 2016. The aircraft will be configured with 110 seats and should replace the aging fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and MD-90.
Delta Air Lines is the largest customer of the smaller CS100 and will be the first North American customer to operate the new aircraft type. Bombardier has received 123 orders for its CS100 regional aircraft. Lufthansa Group’s airline Swiss is currently the only operator of the aircraft with a total of eight CS100 in its fleet. Air Baltic, Korean Air and Swiss are the first operator of the larger CS300.
After Delta Air Lines acquired the CSeries in 2016, Boeing filed a petition for dumping prices of the aircraft below production prices. In September 2017 the US Department of Commerce introduced duties of 220% with additional 80% preliminary anti-dumping duty on top, resulting in a total duty of 300% for the Canadian jets. However, the US International Trade Commission announced in January 2018, that no duty will be issued as the US industry is not threatened by the jets.
Airbus and Bombardier have announced a partnership in October 2017, with Airbus acquiring a 50.01% stake in the CSeries program.
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