Air Canada still interested in CSeries not scared off by turmoil at

Program delays and cash concerns within Bombardier’s Inc.’s aerospace division won’t deter Air Canada from considering its new CSeries commercial aircraft, Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said Tuesday.The head of the country’s largest airline said the CSeries will definitely be in the running when Air Canada replaces its remaining 90-seat Embraer 190s single-aisle planes after 2020.“When those Embraers come out, for sure the Bombardier CSeries will be an alternative, 100%,” he told reporters after speaking to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations.Bombardier Inc CEO Pierre Beaudoin steps down in major shakeup at struggling plane makerBombardier Inc: The top 5 problems that need to be fixedCritics take aim at Bombardier Inc leadership as delays, missed targets batter share priceAir Canada announced about a year ago that it will buy as many as 109 Boeing 737 MAX planes during the next decade but could select the more cost-efficient CSeries to replace the remaining 25 Embraer planes. Mr. Rovinescu didn’t say when an order could be placed.While he said Bombardier has to make its case for the 110- to 160-seat plane, Mr. Rovinescu said he doesn’t believe Bombardier’s recent struggles are an issue.“I certainly would not be concerned if I was in the market for airplanes today and I don’t think that that will be an issue,” he added.Last week, Bombardier hired former United Technologies executive Alain Bellemare to replace chief executive Pierre Beaudoin, who took the job of executive chairman.It also said it will shore up its finances by suspending its dividend and working to raise an additional US$2.1 billion in capital.Handout/Bombardier Rovinescu predicted Bombardier will come out of its challenges much stronger, like Air Canada has done since avoiding another round of bankruptcy protection several years ago. read more