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UPDATE: OMG ! Bombardier Inc. released its 1st Half 2017 Results, not good as expected. Total revenue $7.668B (down 6.7% on 1H/2016). BCA (Bombardier Commercial Aircraft), just 35 deliveries down from 47 in 1H/2016 (down 25.5%) and revenue down 14.4% on 1H/2016 with average discounting of 31% off list prices. Meanwhile, Q400 down to 31 orders in backlog (14 months of production), production down 21% (just 2.16 per month) on 2016, 13 deliveries and 13 orders, book to bill 1.0. CRJ line down to 47 orders in backlog (14 questionable CRJ-1000’s), production down 35% (just 2.5 per month) on 2016, 15 deliveries and just 10 new orders, so book to bill just 0.67. CSeries, NO new order in 2017, only 2 x CS300’s ordered in the past 15 months, yes an absolute sales & marketing ‘disaster’ from the “dream team”, but 7 were delivered (1.16 per month) yay ! whopee ! Only 65 business jet deliveries (down from 73 in 1H/2016) while revenue down 13.8% on 1H/2016. Now, all eyes are on US Commerce Department decision September 25th in regard to imposing countervailing duties on the CSeries of 79% for basically ‘illegal state aid’ to Bombardier by Ottawa and Quebec, and another 79% duty for anti-dumping, basically selling the CSeries a whole lot cheaper in the USA, to Delta Air Lines than back at home to say Porter Airlines, a unfavorable ruling could and will shut the struggling CSeries program out of the all important US market, as if the program needed more problems ?

READ: more on Bombardier or other topics by clicking categories on the right. Well today Bombardier Inc. released its 1st half 2017 results, and and its not good, as revenue is down 6.7% to $7.668B on 2016, this company is NOT going to be a $25.0B a year company in 2020 as planned in its … Continue reading

SUMMARY: While India’s aerospace industry is growing, most of it is on the military side while commercial aviation is far behind, yet HAL (Hindustan Aircraft Ltd) started with license production of the Hawker Siddley 748 turboprop airliner almost 40 years ago (89 built) and then in the mid-1980’s continued with the Dornier 228 (till now +125 built), and that is is ? Oh, lets not forget the never ending 29 year development of the NAL Saras, a 14 passenger pusher turboprop resurrected earlier this year again, for what ? its too small for India’s needs. The Indians know they need bigger aircraft, have the “plans” for the 80-90 seat Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA) turboprop and the 70-100 seat Indian Regional Jet (IRJ), but as of now its just talk and nice computer generated pictures. Of the top 7 major aerospace manufacturing nations, India is ranked 7th, yet was ahead of the Chinese 30 years ago, but it has not moved forward, while the Chinese now have the ARJ-21, C919 and soon MA-700 turboprop, all India has is the little 19 passenger Dornier 228, and that is it. What is India waiting for ? it has a huge market for aircraft between 19 to 100+ passenger turboprops and jets, it could have been a major competitor in that segment to Brazil, Canada and China, but its out of the game, too late now because too many new players in the market, Japan (MRJ-75/90), Turkey (TR/TRJ-628), Russians (SSJ100, MC-21) and Indonesia (N219), and other nations to come ?

 India’s commercial aircraft industry struggles to get “off the ground”, yet it has had years of experience and some success, but today it is sadly out of the game. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) first licence production was in the early 1980’s to 1988 the 44 passenger British HS-748 turboprop, of which 380 were built, and … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Is it too Early to Bury the A380 ? Then a look at the costly $25.0B, A380-800 program in more detail which has just 317 orders and 210 deliveries for the $436.9M List Price airliner now operated by 13 airlines. As we approach 10 years in service with Singapore Airlines we will see the first used A380’s to come to the used market (for airline and possibly VVIP/Head of State use). Does the big 4 engine airliner have a future ? a niche ? as it is the lowest cost per unit (CASK) airliner in the world at Emirates, where some are configured with 615 seats, and its why Malaysian Airlines is putting in 700 seats on its A380’s for Hajj and other charters, wile ANA will have 600+ seats in its 3 x A380s for its high demand leisure flights from Japan to Hawaii, replacing 2 x B767-300’s flights with one A380 flight, a sign of some new potential for the “Queen” of the skies ? Lets hope so.

https://www.aerotime.aero/en/civil/18805-is-it-too-early-to-bury-the-a380 ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— With permission from Aerotime Is it too early to bury the A380? Published on: May, 19, 2017 Source and image:Oleg Volkov Airbus A380 is big, beautiful, and notoriously problematic when it comes to airport availability and – most importantly – profitability. For some, like Emirates, it is still a signature aircraft that is … Continue reading

UPDATE: Bombardier Inc. ex-President & CEO, and as of today also ex-Executive Chairman, Pierre Beaudoin is out at least ! and so are 1st Quarter, 2017 financials. In the first 3 months of 2017, Bombardier’s revenue is down to $3.6B (-7.7% on 1Q/2016) continues its revenue slide (down $3.77B or -18.7% since 2014). Aircraft deliveries for 1Q/17 are down to just 44 aircraft (15 Commercial and 29 Business) , Q400 deliveries were 6 with just 26 orders in backlog (13 months), CRJ deliveries were 8 with just 54 orders in backlog (20 months), and only 1 CS300 delivered. Bombardier delivered 29 business jets, more skewed to light jets as the top end market is struggling these days, not good news for the new Global G7000. Meanwhile, only 2 x CS300’s orders in the past 11 months ? the program has a serious problem selling the aircraft, and two, selling above cost at some point is important, no ? Now, Boeing wants US Commerce Dept. to place a $13.4M “price dumping” tariff on the CSeries deal with Delta Air Lines and ban the aircraft from further US sales, meanwhile ATR and Embraer are complaining to the WTO of Canadian “illegal state aid” to Bombardier, criminal bribery investigation under way in Sweden and yet the top 5 executives wanted a 50% increase for an “Exceptional 2016” seriously ? One wonders what “planet” these executives live on ? and where is this “magical” 7,000 deliveries in 20 years in the 100 to 150 passenger market ? This CSeries program is still with just 320 orders (no 40 for Republic, just PR deferral till the end of time) after 9 years ? maybe they got the market positioning all wrong ? What happened to the “game changer” ? and the “dream team” ? that was suppose to sell lots of CSeries ? Those Top 5 executives need to go, 1 down 4 to go ? Lastly, Porter Airlines (Canada) placed a conditional order for 12 x CS100’s and 18 options in April, 2013, show the price offered to Porter and we will all know if they are “price dumping” in the US market or not, easy no ? Behind all the denials they know they are “price dumping” its sadly the only way they know how to sell the CSeries, yup all 340 orders below cost !

READ more on Bombardier on this Blog, just click Bombardier under Categories on the right side of menu.   The 1st Quarter results are out for Bombardier, but the most important news is that Executive Chairman, Pierre Beaudoin is stepping down after numerous problems and Revenue declines. The man I refer to as the “Destroyer” … Continue reading

SUMMARY: A small airline in Thunder Bay, Ontario, North Star Air Ltd. has been bought for $C 31M ($US 23M) by Winnipeg based North West Company (NWC), a large Canadian grocery and retail company with +218 stores, many in remote and isolated communities across Canada’s North. The driver of this deal was to control its distribution by having its own cargo airline, and not being dependent on what is basically a air cargo monopoly by Calm Air in the Manitoba, Nunavut and Kivalliq regions, where NWC has many stores, and where the First Nations communities are totally dependent on aircraft for all their local needs for most of the year. The acquisition raises the problem of a lack of competition in many parts of the North, where communities and suppliers have all but one choice of airline in and out of many communities, which in many cases allows for high margin “monopoly” pricing. Canada has no Essential Air Service (EAS) like the USA, which subsidizes scheduled air services to 150 markets of which 44 are in remote parts of Alaska with single engine turboprops like the CE-208B to SF340’s and CRJ-200’s at a cost of $250M a year (President Trump looking to cut that). Canadian passengers and suppliers in the North have no choice but to pay the very high fares and freight rates demanded by air operators. Time for a new fresh look at affordable air access in the North ? if we are to develop the North as Ottawa says, then we cannot burden and punish the people there with high fares and freight rates, that make life their very expensive as everything in most communities goes by air, from groceries, lumber to even fuel for electric generators.

It has been pretty quite on the Canadian airline mergers and acquisition front since the late June, 2016 acquisition of Transwest Airlines (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan) by local rival West Wind Aviation (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan). That deal created another Provincial regional airline monopoly, just as EIC (Exchange Income Corporation) has in neighboring Manitoba, where it now owns … Continue reading

SUMMARY: The Chinese COMAC C919 airliner made its first flight today (May 5, 2017), and hopefully it will not be long before it is delivered to its first customer, China Eastern. The Comac ARJ-21-700 regional jet (evolved from the locally built MD-82’s and MD-90-30’s programs) took an incredibly long 2,769 days (93.3 months or 7.6 years) from its first flight to delivery to its first customer. This C919, is NO ARJ-21, this is an aircraft China can be proud of and one that can and will compete with Airbus, Boeing, Irkut and Bombardier when it gets its EASA Type Certificate which will take time, as the shadow certification of the ARJ-21 with the FAA did not materialize. Yes, there will be many issues with very poor sales & marketing, product support and after sales service, something Comac has no experience with and AVIC is horrible at. The ARJ-21 has no FAA certification and most likely never will, and will be relegated to flying for Chinese airlines and the very few “dubious” nations that do not require EASA or FAA certification for local registration and operations. The C919 has 99 orders, 227 options and 566 “commitments” so well over its stated break-even of 400 units. A proud day indeed, given the fiasco with the ARJ-21, now Comac will work with EASA to shadow certify the C919, but that will take a few years for sure, so no immediate concerns for the other 4 competing OEM’s. Lastly, this C919 is not the first Chinese indigenous jet airliner, back in 1970 the Chinese then under Chairman Mao Zedung, developed the Shanghai Y-10, a close similarity to the Boeing B720/B707, but it started way before President Richard Nixon’s famous trip to China in 1972 with Air Force One, a C-137 Stratoliner, a modified long range Boeing B707, referred to as SAM26000 (special air mission), in service from 1962 to 1999.

With the Comac C919 making its first flight, China finally has a commercial aircraft it can be proud off, and this aircraft will be able to compete with the Airbus A320neo, Bombardier’s CS300, Irkut MC-21, Boeing B737-7 and, B737-8 in time as it will require years to get its EASA certification, but Chinese airlines who … Continue reading

UPDATE: Bombardier, the Canadian Government and 49.5% owner of the CSeries program (through CSALP) the Quebec Government are together discounting Boeing’s claim that Bombardier is “price dumping” the struggling CSeries program on the US market (Delta Air Lines order for 75 x CS100’s in April, 2016). In short, “price dumping” means much lower prices on the export market than in a home market. Most likely its true that Bombardier is offering +60% discounts on the CSeries, which means selling below cost and at a loss. Having just 320 orders after 9 years, the company is desperate for orders, and purchase price is the #1 determinant these days by all airlines. Now, Boeing is seeking an order against the sale of the CSeries aircraft in the US market. That would be a severe blow to Bombardier and the CSeries as no commercial aircraft has gone on to be a success, without major sales in the US market (e.g. Viscounts, BAC 1-11, VC-10, Concorde, Saab 2000, Fokker F50, Fokker F-70, Dornier 328/328Jet, etc.), though the US market is not as dominant as it once was, it is still crucial for every commercial aircraft OEM. This is the stuff, President Trump loves, big announcements that he is saving the US workers jobs against foreign companies that don’t play by the rules, for Bombardier the timing could not be any worst. But they wanted “state aid” and with it comes the perception of “illegal state aid”, and Boeing is not the only one to complain against Bombardier, as Airbus and ATR have made moves to go to the WTO (World trade Organization) to investigate Canadian state aid to Bombardier. Now, most Canadians know that “state aid” or “corporate welfare” is going to the company from our pockets, this has been on going for 50+ years and sadly its all a “state secret” even though its public money going to a private company. Canadians have no idea how much taxpayers money was given or returned by Bombardier, for it is THE symbol of Quebec’s industrial capabilities, and always treated “special” here in Canada by most governments in power since the 1970’s. It was then that Quebec started to contemplate breaking away from Canada and becoming its own independent state, and that is why it has been given so much money and cheap deals on privatization of Canadair $120M in 1986 and de Havilland $100M in 1992 from which the whole Challenger, CRJ, Global,DHC-8 and Q400 aircraft products all came from.

The Canadian Government off course is standing by Bombardier on this, but as I have been on this issues since the Delta Air lines deal, I know through contacts and Boeing knows even better what the price to Delta Air Lines (DAL) was. Now comes a lot of trouble, which was expected as the CSeries … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Boeing has complained to the Trump Administration and the International Trade Commission about Bombardier’s “price dumping” in the 2016 Delta Air Lines (DAL) deal for 75 x CS100’s. Which according to Boeing was done at a price of $19.6M per unit (72% off list price), on an aircraft Boeing says costs $33.2M to produce, a loss of $13.6M per unit (yes, a -69% profit margin) and a total loss of $1.02B on the Delta deal. That is even lower than my highly criticized numbers from “industry experts” for the past 12 months , using a price of $22M (69% off list price), CS100 production cost of $29M and a loss of $7M per unit, a $525M total loss, now the loss on the DAL deal using Boeing numbers is 94% ($495M) higher than what I calculated a year ago. So much for Bombardier’s BS “onerous contract provision” of $492 in 2016 that everyone pointed to as the “loss”. Now Bombardier’s desperation for CSeries sales is out in the open. It “dumped” prices way below cost, in fact all 320 CSeries orders (in 9 years of dismal sales/marketing) are priced below cost and surely Air Canada’s 2016 deal (45 x CS300’s) was at a huge discount of +/-72% as well, and the total loss could be as high $612M on top of the DAL deal. So Bombardier sold 120 aircraft in 2016 on 2 BIG deals, that may end up being a loss of $1.63B and the greedy top 5 Executives at Bombardier wanted a 50% pay raise last month for a “Exceptional” 2016 ? BS, they should all be fired! As well, since last May’s deal with DAL, only ONE order for the CSeries has been booked, from Air Tanzania for just 2 x C300’s, yes 12 months and 3 big Air Shows (Farnborough, Dubai, Zhuhai) and just 2 aircraft orders and no one is worried ? seriously ? Meanwhile, Airbus has 5,056 orders for its new A320neo family and Boeing has 3,703 orders for its new B737Max family. Lots of talk about new sales at Bombardier (BA, Spirit, JetBlue, etc.), but since there are just 4 OEM’s, every airline will want to talk to each OEM when doing a deal to get the lowest cost. The problem is NOT the CSeries, its fantastic, but very low demand in the 100-150 passenger market, coupled to intense price competition by the duopoly makes life impossible for the CSeries. With all 320 CSeries sold below cost, why be in the business ? as the deliveries of these 320 aircraft will take Bombardier well into 2021, with a big loss every year of production, I see NO light at the end of the tunnel, other than an acquisition by COMAC (China) that needs Bombardier’s know how in support, training and sales/marketing ? and its the only commercial aircraft OEM that can be bought.

READ more on Bombardier, just click and see past Articles on the troubled OEM. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/ I have been saying for a long time that the move to make the CSeries a government owned program by spinning off the program into a new limited partnership (CSALP-CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership), where the Province of Quebec has 49.5% … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Beautiful, high technology aircraft are great, but do NOT guarantee commercial success, in the end its about meeting customers’ needs rather than on selling a ‘product’, and here lies the problem with Bombardier’s CSeries sales. The company came out with its so-called “game changer” in July, 2008 (yes 9 years ago and yet only 320 orders today), with claims it is 20% more fuel efficient and has 15% lower cash operating costs than currently produced aircraft with a fantasy forecast that 7,000 aircraft over 20 years will be delivered in the 100 to 150 passenger segment ? and it all sounded like they had a “winner”. BUT with low fuel prices and interest rates and airlines up-gauging from smaller 100-150 passenger airliners, the CSeries ‘benefits’ have fallen on deaf ears with airline executives, unless a huge +65% discount is offered to make the deal (e.g. LH, DL, AC, etc.), yet the only CSeries deal done in the past 12 months since the hugely discounted 75 x CS100 deal with Delta Air Lines (Loss to Bombardier of $+/-525M), has been 2 x CS300’s to little known Air Tanzania ? Meanwhile Airbus has accumulated 5,056 orders for its A320neo line and Boeing’s Max line has 3,703 orders. Is there a lesson here for OEM’s ? Off course, “don’t count your chickens before they hatch”.

Check out previous Articles on Bombardier, Commercial Aircraft, Low Cost Airlines, General Aviation, Regional Airlines to Airline Management and Mergers and Acquisitions https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/recent-activity/posts/   We forget that high tech fantastic aircraft do not add up to commercial success (PHOTOS BELOW: Concorde (Mach 2+ airliner), Canada’s Avro C-102 Jetliner (2nd jet airliner to fly after the … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Canada’s WestJet Airlines, is planning to start a new ultra low cost carrier (ULCC) later this year with 10 x B737-800’s. This will be the first time that a low cost carrier (LCC) that re-positioned itself into a hybrid airline, goes back and starts a ULCC and goes after a market segment they abandoned years before. This is so badly needed in Canada where the top two airlines have a duopoly and control 85% of the domestic capacity, and till today there is NO real low cost carrier (LCC) in Canada, the only major developing country in the world not to have one. In fact, NO US based low cost carrier competes in the Canadian market (yet), and its why +5 million Canadian passengers drive across the US border every year to fly from US airports to save on air travel, by using lower cost US airlines. A ridiculous passenger spillage that no one seems to care about, while the only low cost airline right now coming into Canada is Iceland’s fast growing WOW Air with very low priced deals to Iceland and Europe. The ultra low cost model is growing and even now the US big 3 airlines (DL, UA and AA) are experimenting with their new “Basic Economy” pricing, no amenities, everything ‘extra’ approach, good idea or a dilution of their brands ?

So WestJet Airlines, once Canada’s LCC is starting all over again with another LCC airline of its own ? is this to counter the growing competion from Air Canada’s “LCC” rouge, and the new Canadian planned start-ups like Canada Jetlines, Fly Too (Enerjet with Indigo partners) and NewLeaf now that foreign ownership of a Canadian … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Bombardier’s on going 5 Year Transformation Plan looks to $25 billion in Revenue by 2020 (+53% on 2016 Revenue of $16.33 billion which is down 18.8% or $3.8 billion since 2014), with $15 billion (60%) to come from Aerospace, Commercial Aircraft (BCA to $5 billion + 129% on 2016) and Business Aircraft (BBA to $9 billion +54% on 2016). I look at how realistic that is given the CSeries poor sales after 8+ years (320) and several old, tired and dying programs that need to be culled, from the Q400, Learjets to the 1970’s designed CL-600 Challenger and its evolutionary cousins the CRJ, G5000/6000 (BBA’s once “cash cow”) and new G7000 line. My take is that Bombardier will fall short by at least $6.5 billion on its Commercial and Business Aircraft goals, as realistically by 2020 all Bombardier will have to sell in Aerospace is its CSeries, the new Global 7000/8000 business jets and the Challenger 350. At the same time all of its products are going to face lot more competition from Airbus, Boeing, Comac (China), Irkut (Russia) and Embraer on the Commercial Aircraft side as the ‘duopoly’ turns into 5 competitors, with Bombardier the weak “5th Wheel”, while Business Aircraft (BBA) is facing new competing aircraft from Gulfstream (G500/600), Dassault (Falcon 5X/8X) and Textron (Longitude/Hemisphere). Bombardier is also facing a ‘perfect storm’ of tougher global market, economic and political forces that will challenge Bombardier’s on going struggle to become financially viable without taxpayers Government money. Empowered by ‘state aid’ the company is now arrogant enough to launch another new aircraft program, as Sweden is investigating serious bribery charges against the company and the top 5 Bombardier executives get almost 49% pay increase for what I do not know ? yet 14,500 employees are being laid off, and the “gong show” at Bombardier continues.

READ MORE ON BOMBARDIER on this Blog just go to ‘Categories’ and click on Bombardier https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/recent-activity/posts/ ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Bombardier Inc. released its 2016 Annual Report last month and while the company had Revenues of $US 16.339 billion in 2016 (down 18.7% on Revenue of $20.111 billion in 2014) and recorded a Net Loss of $981 million … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Bombardier is looking into upgrading its CRJ line, which after +1,864 deliveries is now down to around +/-58 orders at best in backlog or 14 months of current production (April, 2018). The sad reality is that the CRJ is no longer very competitive against the current Embraer E175 and the new E175/190-E2’s will make the CRJ obsolete, in fact since 2003 it has been in decline and losing market share to Embraer for 14 years and the order backlog is now “critically” low. After having upgraded the CRJ cabins in 2016, now the focus is on possible new engine (unknown at this time), but that is an expensive upgrade versus the current GE CF34 engines, and adds weight, which for a long fuselage aircraft like the 119 foot long CRJ-900, with rear mounted engines is not good for C of G issues. With only 19 CRJ orders in 2016, Bombardier has been milking and living off its backlog, but is there any life for the CRJ really ? even after +/-30% discounts off list price, sales are not impressive anymore. The CRJ is a 1970’s Canadair CL-600 Challenger (the Type Certificate for all CRJ’s), stretched 4 times with a tight cabin width of just 8 feet and 5 inches (2.69 meters) that has been become a 50 then 70 then 85 and finally 104 passenger airliner, while Embraer designed and built the EJets from scratch, and that is now paying off got Embraer and blowing up in Bombardier’s face. At a time when the CSeries is still struggling for orders, Bombardier Aerospace needs all of its products to sell and sell, yet the Learjets, Challenger 650, Global G5000/6000, Q400 and CRJ are sadly in the final decline phase of their product life cycle as new competing products are coming online across all segments..

Follow up to the January 4, 2017 Blog “Lots of Talk about Bombardier’s turnaround”   Bombardier is now looking for solutions to keep its CRJ line open for a couple of years as the backlog now dwindles to 14 months at current production rate of 4.2 per month and current order book. Now paying for … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Lots of talk about Bombardier’s Turnaround, 14,500 layoff announcements this year, or 21,450 in the past 3 years. The Global G7000 flew for the first time and Bombardier expects big things from it to boost Bombardier’s bottom line along with the struggling CSeries, which today still has only 320 orders (NO 40 x CS300’s for Republic Airways, just PR not wanting to reduce the meager order book) and still +/- 86 “questionable” orders (representing 26% of the current 320 orders). Lots of effort in reducing labor costs, yet no one is noticing that the top line (revenue) at Aerospace is a coming disaster, and unsustainable with an old product line (1970’s Learjets and Canadair CL-600/Challenger 650, plus the Global G5000/6000) that is facing new and better competition. The CRJ line has no more than 48 orders in backlog, only 18 orders this year (50% from Canada) good for 12 months of production (February, 2018) with no new orders. The Q400 is down to around 34 orders in backlog and only 25 orders this year (50% also from Canada), good for 14 months (March, 2018) with no new orders. The 2020 Turnaround Plan calls for Aerospace to generate $15 billion in revenue (60% of total revenue planned of $25 billion), with just 2 products ? The Plan requires $5 billion from Commercial aircraft, which by 2020 means only the CSeries (CS100/CS300) is left, and that will require at least 140 deliveries at the current highly competitive low prices to hit the “target”, really ? (2020 production is planned at 90-120 aircraft today). Meanwhile, Business jets are to generate $10 billion by 2020, and that will fall on the $75 million Global G7000 (NO Learjets, Challenger 650 and Global G5000/6000’s by 2020) and that means 133+ G7000 deliveries to hit their “target” ? seriously ? has anyone looked at single aisle ACJ and BBJ sales for the past 15 years ? (+/- 15 a year at best). Canada is providing “state aid” (aka taxpayers money) to Bombardier again ($2.5 billion in 2016 from Quebec), in fact of the $3.39 billion of cash on hand as of Sept 30, 2016, $2.5 billion (71% of cash on hand) came from the Government of Quebec, soon another $1.0 billion will most likely come from Ottawa (PM is from Quebec, and they always “help” Bombardier), and then Quebec and Ottawa will be 66.7% owners of the CSeries program (CSALP – CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership, a separate company, spun off from Bombardier ??). How did we the Canadian taxpayers become “owners” again of a commercial aircraft program that NO commercial aircraft OEM wanted in 2015 when it was for sale for “a song” ? Especially after we the Canadian taxpayers “SOLD” Bombardier, our government owned Canadair in 1986 (for $120 million) and government owned de Havilland in 1992 (for $100 million) with the rights to the Challenger business jet, later stretched into the CRJ line, and the DHC-8 turboprop airliner later stretched into the DHC-8-Q400 line. Meanwhile, Embraer is going to the WTO again to complain about Bombardier’s “illegal state aid”, while Boeing may go to President-elect Donald Trump and get import tariffs applied on the CSeries and then ? Oh, it is going to be an interesting 2017 for sure, stay tuned to the never ending Bombardier/Quebec/Ottawa “gong show”, as they find new ways to screw Canadian taxpayers to keep Bombardier alive at any cost.

Bombardier has now delivered its first CS100 to Swiss and CS300 to airBaltic and talks confidently of a turnaround next year and a bright future in 2020 as per its 5 year Transformation Plan, that should see company become a $US 25 billion a year company by the end of 2020, with Aerospace to provide … Continue reading

UPDATE: Hold on to your wallets Canada ! Bombardier is seeking more money again for a another new aerospace project ! with the so-called “game changer” CSeries an absolute sales disaster with only 318 orders after +8 years of sales ? and right after announcing its 6th wave of layoffs (another 7,500 are to go by 2018) since January, 2014 (34 months ago) for a total of 21,450 jobs gone ! Meanwhile Bombardier’s CEO admits company nearly went bankrupt in 2015, and it now has $3.4 billion in cash, $2.5 billion (74%) came from the Government of Quebec this year (aka bailout money), without Quebec they would have only $900 million in cash today and be close to bankruptcy. Embraer and Boeing are taking the “illegal state aid” case to the WTO. With President-elect Trump coming in, he’s ready to “defend” US corporations from illegal and unfair state aid backed competitors, and don’t be surprised if he tears up NAFTA and hits the CSeries with new tariffs, a perfect scenario for his PR. Everything in decline at Bombardier Aerospace today, the CSeries has only 318 orders (of which 2 have been delivered), what happened to the existing Commercial Aircraft Market Forecast that claims 7,000 deliveries over 20 years (350 per year) ? all BS, in fact Ascend Consultancy forecasts only 1,340 CSeries deliveries over 20 years (67 per year), down 81% on Bombardier’s “fantasy” forecast. No one has noticed, but with only 34 x Q400 orders in backlog and only 60 CRJ’s in backlog, both programs will run out of orders at current production rates of 2.5 per month and 4.2 per month respectively by January, 2018, and with only 13 options for the Q400 and 18 for the CRJ, 2018 looks like the year the Downsview plant gets closed down and everything gets moved to Quebec, another Cartierville Airport deal in the works ? Business jets deliveries are down 25%, and the old Learjets and the 40 year old Challenger 650 (4th variation of Canadair CL-600, which also gave birth to the CRJ line) are down as well, along with the Global G5000/6000’s, NONE of the current products will be around by 2020, except the CSeries (maybe), the new G7000, and possibly still the Challenger 350, but it won’t be a $15 billion a year business, at best $5.5 billion, and I still believe Combardier is coming (China’s COMAC buying Bombardier Aerospace).

OMG, please NO more money for Bombardier’s projects ! Look the company is in deep trouble, just open your eyes and stop listening to the financial “experts” and Bombardier’s BS PR about being “on track” for recovery ? seriously its a disaster and read on to find out why. The recent 7,500 announced layoffs which … Continue reading

UPDATE: Transwest Air is now a fully owned subsidiary of WestWind Aviation, now there is only 1 large regional airline in Saskatchewan, and 80% owned by 2 First Nations economic development corporations (EDC’s). These First Nations EDC’s now pretty much own ALL airlines in Canada’s north, usually through Aboriginal economic development corporations (EDC’s), with a few family and corporate hold outs in the Northwest Territories, especially at Yellowknife (Summit Air, Discovery Air-Air Tindi/Great Slave Helicopters, Buffalo Airways) and in Fort Smith Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. Is this a good thing or a bad thing where First Nations own all air services in Canada’s north ? Is this the only viable exit strategy available in the north or are there “pressures” to sell to local First Nations ? and Can the EDC’s create long term financially sustainable airlines ? First Air (Makivik Corp.) and Canadian North (IDA), have tried to merge several times but each time it has failed, even though it makes lots of economic sense to do it, or is more cooperation among the EDC’s needed, like the recent cooperation between Air North and First Air ?

As to my blog of August 21, 2016, the Transwest Air deal is done and it is now a fully owned subsidiary of WestWind Aviation, which itself is owned 55% by the Athabasca Basin Development (ABD) and 25% owned Prince Albert Development Corporation (PADC), in short 80% First Nation owned with 20% owned by the … Continue reading

UPDATE: Canadian regional airline consolidation continues as the once fragmented industry starts to consolidate around a single provincial operator. After 11 months under Canada’s CCAA (+/- Chapter 11 bankruptcy/reorganization), Quebec based regional airline, Pascan Aviation is acquired by 2 senior executives in a management buyout (MBO). Meanwhile Saskatchewan based WestWind Aviation, fresh from its acquisition of Osprey Wings last November, looks to takeover its main local competitor, Saab 340 operator Transwest Air, itself the product of two old local airlines and their pioneers (Athabasca Airways of Floyd Glass and La Ronge Aviation of Pat Campling) coming together in 2000, leaving WestWind Aviation a monopoly in Saskatchewan, much like Manitoba with Perimeter Airlines, Calm Air, Keewatin Air and Bearskin Airlines, all under one ownership. Times are changing for regional airlines in Canada, as the second generation of airline owners retire or sell of the businesses that their fathers and mothers built from scratch, usually with nothing more than a single Cessna 180 aircraft. Sad to see the old names disappear, it is the “circle of life”, but the legacies of our Canadian aviation pioneers will always remain with us.

UPDATE: As I wrote this, I found out that WestWind Aviation (80% First Nation owned) has bought Transwest Air for an undisclosed amount, now only 1 airline exists in Saskatchewan, like it or not.   This is my follow up to the January 5, 2016 article “Consolidation in the Canadian Regional Airline Industry”, as the … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Bombardier 1st Half results are out, and it is not good for Aerospace. With only 318 firm CSeries orders today and up to 95 “questionable”, the program suffers from poor sales but even worst, negative margins due to deals below cost, this cannot continue for very long. Yes, 2016 is a tough year for aircraft orders at Airbus and Boeing, and a “price war” is on ! and any big deal will require +65% off list price, which means every new order brings more loses for Bombardier. Meanwhile, CRJ line has only 66 orders in backlog (9 x CRJ-700, 36 x CRJ-900 and 21 x CRJ-1000) good for 25 months of production at the current 2.7 aircraft per month rate, while the Q400 is down to 48 in backlog (40 + 8 recent orders), good to May, 2018 at the current 2.3 aircraft per month. Big discounting under way on the Q400 and CRJ is evident in financials to boost sales, while Business Aircraft orders are slowing down, and production already 20% below last year will be reduced again soon to balance supply and demand. Nothing very promising at Bombardier Aerospace, the company struggles and the 5 year Transformation to 2020 does not look promising at all, market dynamics are creating havoc for Bombardier, but all of that had to have been anticipated when they decided to enter the BIG league and take on Airbus and Boeing, maybe not such a great idea after all ?

LOTS OF ARTICLES IN AVIATION DOCTOR ON BOMBARDIER, TAKE A LOOK. Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) has released its 1st Half 2016 financials and its time to analyze what is going on at Bombardier so far this year in regard to its struggling Commercial and Business aircraft business. The first 6 months of this year, has seen Bombardier’s … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Once infamous Wasaya Airways is out of bankruptcy proceedings after owing $35 million, and now looking to become the 1st commercial operator of the $US +/- 28 million Airbus C295W aircraft to serve the 12 First Nations of Northern Ontario that own 100% of the airline. Under new President and CEO Michael Rodyniuk, the once poorly run airline finally has potentially a ” bright” future ahead. But what does a Northern Ontario First Nations airline need 5 x C295W’s costing $US +/- 140 million ? there are much cheaper options, especially when cargo does not care what aircraft it flies in. Recent addition to Wasaya Airways Board is Stephen Smith, the once high flying airline executive at Air Toronto, WestJet and Air Canada, a much needed boost to the Board that oversaw lots of mismanagement and chaos over the past 10+ years. Why would any regional airline become the first and only commercial buyer of any aircraft ? What about support for a high utilization operation ? what about resale value one day ? what about certification ? the price ? military maintenance program ? especially when you can get good used ATR-72 freighters ? and when will Canada stop operating 40+ year old B737-200’s and HS 748’s ? as for a modern country we operate older aircraft fleets than many third world nations. Lastly, with only 9 x HS 748’s left in Canada and 15 at best in the world, it will be sad to see the old workhorse fade away after 55 years after production began.

In June, Airbus demonstrated its C295W transport plane to Northern Ontario based First Nation owned Wasaya Airways (“it is bright” in oji-cree), which comes just as the airline gets creditors approval for its $C 35 million debt restructuring plan, giving just 10% of unsecured debt value to its long list of creditors. The airline has … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Bombardier’s rise to become the 3rd largest Commercial Aircraft manufacturer in the world, was due to 4 acquisitions between 1986 and 1992 (1986-Canadair, 1989-Shorts Brothers, 1990-Learjet and 1992-de Havilland), with all but one using billions of Canadian and UK taxpayers money and lots of political help (aka cronyism) to make it happen. The story behind the acquisition headlines, with their give away low acquisition costs, billions in written off aircraft programs, state subsidies and hidden airports that were later sold at big profits, all kept from public eyes. Bombardier’s current product line is 30+ years old, with the 1980’s Challenger CL-600 business jet (now Challenger 650 still in production) from which a family of CRJ regional jet airliners came from, while the early 1980’s 37 passenger DHC-8 is still produced as the 90 passenger Q400. The CSeries is Bombardier first new commercial airliner since it entered the aerospace industry 30 years ago in 6 short years. Contrary to Bombardier’s PR BS, Bombardier is definitely NOT an innovator, just excellent at low risk, low development programs that just stretched existing aircraft, like 12 passenger Challenger CL-600 business jet into the 104 passenger CRJ1000 and the DHC-8-100 into the high density 90 passenger Q400. Attached to the bottom of this article is an paper entitled “The Rise and Fall of Bombardier” and how Bombardier REALLY become an Aerospace power house. The CSeries program is still suffering, Air Canada was enticed to buy by Quebec dropping a long disputed lawsuit against Air Canada and Ottawa offered changes to some legislation, only last weak Air Canada threatened to walk away from the deal as Ottawa had not moved on the legislative changes, and even stated the obvious that “there are other alternatives other than the CSeries”, proving it bought not because it was an aircraft it had to have or needed, but because it was politically coerced to make a deal in crony capitalist Quebec, where politicians and big business are all in bed together to screw Canadian taxpayers, and enrich a few. Meanwhile, the 75 x CS100 Delta Air Lines deal was good for an order WIN, yet the deal is expected to lose $525 million ($7 million per aircraft), and is nothing but a money LOSER deal. Is this the ONLY way Bombardier can sell the CSeries ? through political coercian or selling below cost ? if so then the game will be over soon for the program. But why is the stock up from February’s $0.77 a share ? business deliveries will be off by 25% this year, the Q400 is down to 42 orders in backlog and dying while the CRJ line has 86 in backlog (with 23 x CRJ1000 questionable) and dying as well, high end Global business jet demand is down, while the CSeries even with the Delta and Air Canada deals has only 330 orders (with +25% of existing orders HIGHLY questionable) after 8 years of sales effort ? and with all existing orders currently at a loss, loses are expected well into 2021. Bombardier the world’s only plane and train manufacturer can’t deliver trains on time ! so NO reason to be optimistic, other than the fact Bombardier looks set to DUMP the Cseries program on naive Canadian taxpayers for $2.0 billion for a 2/3 ownership, and raise another $1.0 billion in new stock offering for the new partnership called CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP). Bombardier failed to find a buyer last fall for the CSeries, but now thanks to crony capitalism in Canada, Canadian taxpayers have been suckered into owning the program that NO other aerospace company wanted 9 months ago. Bombardier will get the program off its books and collect $3.0 billion in new capital after writing off $3.2 billion in the CSeries program in 2015. Now the program will be a Canadian government program, and will draw fire from the WTO and the US for state aid, illegal and prohibited subsidies and price dumping, the saga is just beginning and no light at the end of the tunnel for the CSeries.

To my regular readers, I apologize for not writing in the past 6 weeks, been busy with several airline projects in the developing world, but I am back and still not seeing anything positive about the CSeries. Let’s see if Farnborough International Airshow (June 11-17) has anything new from Bombardier, other than the announcement of … Continue reading

UPDATE: Delta Air Lines (DAL) deal for 75 x Bombardier CS100’s and 50 options, is reportedly and as expected, been priced at around 75% OFF the list price to $18.6 million per aircraft, making the 75 aircraft deal not worth the reported $5.6 billion, but only $1.4 billion, and by my estimate a loss of $780 million ($10.8 million per aircraft) on the order, a great deal for DAL but not for Bombardier’s bottom line. Yes, DAL’s Chairman Richard Anderson took full advantage of Bombardier’s desperation for a new Tier 1 airline order (majority of current orders until now have been Tier 2 and 3, small regional/national mediocre customers), and drove a home great deal for DAL and its shareholders, while Bombardier gets a prestigious order after 19 months of nothing and another loss making order (285 aircraft so far all heavily discounted), at a time it wants more and more taxpayers money even as Bombardier plans to start a new Iranian airline in Qeshm ? Now the 285 ‘firm’ orders (excluding 45 x CS300 LOI from Air Canada and including the soon to be cancelled order for 40 x CS300’s to Republic Airways now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy), almost fill Bombardier’s planned 255 (min.) to 315 (max.) delivery positions to the end of 2020, basically all money losing orders some going back to 2009. WHEN will Bombardier’s CSeries make money ? No point in being in any business if there is no long term profitable and sustainable business model. They say break-even by 2020 but that does not add up, even after the $3.3 billion write down on the $5.3 billion program last year (surely over $6.3 billion now and climbing) they must using some accounting “magic” tricks, as the program is still in a very poor financial, sales and production shape today. The Federal government has not committed to the $1.0 billion, 1/3 ownership of the program that none of the top 3 aerospace competitors wanted 7 months ago, and EIS (entry into service) is 12 weeks away with no FAA and EASA certification yet ? The prognosis is not good for the CSeries, even though the aircraft is fabulous but the 100-150 seat market is dubious at best and this market segment has already destroyed the A318 (after 81 deliveries) and the B737-600 (after 69 deliveries) with the CRJ-1000 (44 deliveries in 6 years and $243 million write down last year) soon to follow and is the CSeries right behind it ? By 2020 the duopoly is over, as China’s Comac C919 and Russia’s Irkut MC-21 enter the $150+ seat single aisle market, and Bombardier would be the 5th wheel in a highly contested market, where only the strong will survive and that ain’t Bombardier by any stretch of the imagination ! Coupled to decreasing Business Jet orders and the whole dated product line now under attack by new competitive aircraft , as LearJet 70/75 are dying and company has no future after the cancellation of the LearJet 85, “cash cow” Global 5000/6000 are fading as is the 36+ year old Challenger 650/605/504/601/600 line and the new Global G7000 is going to join the CSeries as the only 2 products for the future, each with its own set of major challenges to success.

READ: Blog article on DAL deal, April 28, 2016 Well the Delta Air Lines (DAL) deal for 75 x CS100’s and 50 options is done, and brings the current order book to 325 ‘firm’ orders, though the 40 aircraft order by Republic Airways (USA) from February, 2010 is out, as that airline is in Chapter … Continue reading