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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: The Czech Republic’s 10-14 seat twin engine turboprop utility, the Evektor EV-55 Outback has been put on hold. Ever since its first flight in June, 2011 the program never had the money to move forward to certification and production, and the $200 million Malaysian investment by former P.M. Dr. Mahatir bin Mohamad never materialized and was in short, a sad “joke’. This is what happens when you have a good performing and well positioned product, but you cannot sell it to investors, because you do not understand what investors want to see and hear. This turboprop General Aviation market is tough business and small companies struggle to compete even after certification and production (PAC 750XStol, Piaggio Aero P.160 Avanti) and then there are those that take years to get certified and still face an uncertain future (Epic 1000, Mahindra Aerospace GA-10, Dornier Seastar/Seawings, Caiga AG 3000, etc.), this program sadly cannot and may not get to the starting gate, and join other programs from the Czech Republic that made it to prototype stage but never into production (LET-610G, Ibis Ae-270, Wolfsburg 270, VUT-100 Super Cobra, Ayres LM-200 Loadmaster, Z-400 Rhino) and now the Czech General Aviation industry faces total collapse, barring production of small 2 seat light sport aircraft (LSA’s).

READ: BLOG Article of March 9, 2017 on the 2016 General Aviation turboprop market   Evektor’s Press Release – numerous media today: 16. 3. 2017 It is our obligation to inform you that Evektor has temporarily put the EV-55 project on hold until some uncertainties have been solved with our Malaysian investor. In any case, to secure … Continue reading

SUMMARY: The 2016 General Aviation turboprop deliveries and sales numbers are out from GAMA, and the turboprops were the only segment to record an increase in deliveries (+3.4%), as piston (-4.9%) and especially business jets (-7.9%) are down on 2015 numbers. With 576 turboprop aircraft delivered (and 675 engines, all PT6’s except 10 GE H80 engines) with a sales value of $US 2.057 billion (+8.6%), 2016 was a good year for 3 of the 4 segments (Agricultural, Single engine utility, Single engine pressurized) with Twin turboprop deliveries slightly down (-9.1%). In terms of units, the best segment was the Single engine pressurized with 179 deliveries led by Pilatus with 91 deliveries of its PC-12NG, but new competition is coming soon from Textron’s Denali and EPIC 1000. By sales, the best segment was the Twin Turboprop market, which is dominated by Textron’s King Air (C90/250/350) line with $793 million in sales. While not in GAMA figures, the 5 OEM’s still in the 19 passenger turboprop market, delivered +/- 35 aircraft worth $US 255 million. Lastly, the Agricultural aircraft market is still doing well, with 151 deliveries worth $198 million from crop spraying, fire fighting to actual counter insurgency (COIN) fighting, showing how versatile the turboprops really are today and why we see GE now challenging the P&W PT6 domination of the market for over 50 years.

READ: 2015 GA turboprop results, February 17, 2016 blog. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/recent-activity/ Another year has passed and time to do my annual turboprop review. The 2016 GAMA shipment and billing numbers were not good for the industry, with overall billings down from $US 24.1 billion in 2015 to $US 20.7 billion, down 14.1% while unit deliveries were … 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: The Bombardier G7000 is the next crisis at Bombardier, the ultra long range market for VIP aircraft above $75 million has averaged only 18 Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ VIP aircraft per year since the late 1990’s, so where is the market for the G7000 ? This is another crisis coming at Bombardier that has not been talked about, but competing again against Airbus and Boeing in a very small market (like the CSeries) is another recipe for even more troubles at Bombardier, when you get +100% more aircraft (volume in ft3 and cabin floor in ft2), therefore more comfort and very comparable range (if needed) with the A319ceo/neo and BBJ/BBJMax7 offering. Myopia has blinded the company’s ability to have real foresight and intellectual insight into where they are going with the G7000 and off course the CSeries and the Canadian taxpayers are suppose to bailout this Canadian tax avoiding, job discriminating and mismanaged corporation ? The 39 x Q400 orders and a few options means the line is good till July, 2019 at BEST while the 79 x CRJ orders and few options mean that line is done by May, 2018 at BEST. While the CSeries will struggle, the remaining Commercial Aircraft products are dying a slow death and no way will the 5 year Transformation Plan get to $14.9 billion in Aerospace revenue. While the ‘cash cow’ Global 5000/6000 production rates are cut further from their high of 80 in 2014 (once 43% of Aerospace revenue), there is little left in existing Commercial and Business aircraft products to sustain the company’s revenue ambitions past 2020. The G7000 is heading in the same direction as the CSeries, into a small market segment dominated by the duopoly of Airbus and Boeing, where margins are very low to nil, low demand and low margins combined will create an eventual financial meltdown. Bombardier just got it all wrong, and you cannot change the market, it is what it is. Lastly, Canadian taxpayers will soon have “invested” $C 2.0 billion to own 2/3 of the CSeries program that is destined for failure, a program that Airbus, Boeing and Embraer did not want to buy, but our “corporate welfare” program will ensure that Bombardier cleans up it’s financials by dumping the program into a separate limited corporation that we Canadians will be stuck with, hell or high water. While Canada’s government runs up a huge $C 30+ billion budget deficit and will surely cut back on many programs for Canadians, yet support Bombardier at all cost, as we sadly already have +25% of our children in Toronto and Montreal living below the poverty line. But off course saving Quebec (which had 7 high profile politicians arrested just last week as its massive corruption culture is further exposed to the world) based Bombardier (where the Liberals have 40 seats and the Prime Minister’s home province) is more important politically than looking after down and out Canadians.

I have covered Bombardier’s problems with the CSeries a great deal over the past 3 years, and anyone who has read the articles should by now know that I have been accurate with my predictions of low sales, becoming a ‘penny’ stock, President/CEO Pierre Beaudoin’s move up but unfortunately not out to predicting that Bombardier … Continue reading

UPDATE: The Canadian government is going to put $C 1.3 billion into ailing Bombardier and BAILOUT its CSeries commercial jet program, yet the company AND the Canadian government are NOT revealing past government aid to the manufacturer. In fact, according to latest article in the ‘Financial Post’ both parties suppress any information about Canadian taxpayers support for the company, which in a democracy like Canada’s is outrageous. This is another example of the “corporate welfare” and “crony capitalism” in Canada today, when government and BIG business are bed fellows and there is no public accountability and transparency on billions of dollars of taxpayers money going to aerospace companies. When did we become a “crony state” where taxpayers are not allowed to know where their tax money went to and for what ? They say it could prejudice the competitive position of the company ? are you kidding me ? Everyone knows what a miserable screw-up Bombardier is today thanks to ex-President/CEO and now Executive Chairman Pierre Beaudoin. They tried to sell the CSeries program to 3 OEM’s in October, 2015 surely they gave out financial information on the CSeries program ? and everyone can read public financial statements to see how bad the company’s financials are. Yet, the company is NOT a good Canadian citizen, it hides and parks hundreds of millions of dollars away from our Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), in overseas brass plate corporations so it does not have to pay Canadian taxes that it now so badly needs from us, and has asked 51 times since 1966 for government assistance, that is an average of once a year for the past 50 years, a ‘regular customer’ for state aid and yet Bombardier goes out of its way to unethically hide its money from Canadian taxes yet dares to ask for state aid regularly to help it grow ! shameful corporate hypocrisy at its worst. It discriminates in its employment hiring against English speakers (aka Quebecois nepotism coming from ex-President/CEO directly) and the government has done nothing yet to investigate it, as it is against the Canadian Human Rights Act to discriminate and the company needs to be punished for that. The company sends new work to Mexico and Morocco, as it lays-off thousands of workers in Canada and it wants more and more money from Canadian taxpayers while the Bombardier and Beaudoin family’s that control 54% of the voting shares with only 13% of equity (worth around $US 345 million), don’t want to give up control, thinking they are too BIG to fail ! Probably they are right, off course local Quebec government made no such request of course (wonder why ?), Ottawa is at least trying to change the 2 tier voting system to reduce majority control. If you want taxpayers money, then you have to make it transparent, it is simple. If you don’t want your competitors to know you are being state subsidized and probably running foul of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, then don’t take taxpayers money and find it elsewhere. After the revelations of Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission into widespread corruption in Quebec, mainly between BIG business and local politicians, I believe that with billions of dollars of taxpayers money out there somewhere and no accountability for it, our RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) must investigate, as this is how corruption happens in “crony capitalism”, when government and BIG business do their own things behind the closed curtains free of public scrutiny and accountability, especially in Quebec, so let’s get in there and find the money trail before its gone ! Lastly, if the control stays with the existing 2 families, Ottawa must say NO to any further state aid (aka “corporate welfare”), the $C 1.3 billion investment into a new limited partnership that will hold the CSeries program, is scam on the taxpayers of Canada, as Bombardier very well knows that the demand in the 100 to 150 seat market is very low with 9 years of steady decline and only 53 deliveries in that segment in 2015 by 3 manufacturers. Bombardier only has to look at it’s own 104 seat CRJ-1000 program a total commercial FAILURE with only 68 orders and 43 deliveries in 5+ years (only 4 deliveries and a $243 million write down on the program in 2015), add to this the new ‘normal’ on pricing deals in this 100-150 seat segment is now at 50% to 70% off list price, and it all adds up to a market segment that is totally wrong for the likes of a lightweight competitors like Bombardier due to weak demand and low to non-existing profit margins on sales, against the duopoly of Airbus and Boeing determined to crush the CSeries early on. This explains why they wanted to sell it 1 month before Canadian Certification, why else would you sell a program after 8 years of work ? They know where it is all heading and secretly they don’t believe in the program as it has NO FUTURE given the dynamics of what is happening in the market segment today. Canadian taxpayers are being duped into a $C 2.0 billion “investment” that has ZERO chance of being returned, better to buy 91% of all outstanding ‘B’ shares, and have something to show for the $C 2.0 billion. Lastly, when the CSeries becomes and orphan, it will not be the first Canadian jet airliner to fail, I take a quick look at the 1949 built Avro Canada C102 Jetliner, and 3 other jet airliner programs that were very good for there time, but like the CSeries were in the wrong market segment at the wrong time and failed with less than 37 units produced before becoming “orphans” (aircraft who have ‘lost’ their manufacturer or were ‘abandoned’ by their manufacturer).

I have recently written about the hundreds of millions of dollars of Canadian tax payers money Canadair and de Havilland received from the Canadian government in the 1980’s, and that Bombardier now wants $C 1.3 billion from Ottawa to match the $C 1.3 billion it has received from Quebec. For a company that violates the … Continue reading

UPDATE: Since 2013, Republic Airways 2010 order for 40 x Bombardier CS300s plus 40 options was a ruse by the manufacturer, as Republic sold Frontier Airlines and could not even dream of operating 130 seat airliners as a Regional CPA (capacity purchase agreement) carrier for US Major airlines, as it is limited to 76 seats by Major airline pilot scope clauses with their respective airlines. Not sure what all the fuss is about, as I explained in my previous article, that of the 288 ‘orders’ the CSeries now has (inc. LOI for 45 x CS300’s for Air Canada, not an order yet), only 155 I believe are solid orders, and 133 are ‘weak’ orders. Bombardier is desperate to reach it’s magical 300 sales, a number used since 2009 that does not mean anything, as it is surely not it’s breakeven as that is much higher, just a goal that is NOT going to be achieved by EIS (entry into service) in any real sense of the word. Bombardier now wants the Federal Government and Quebec to join it in a 1/3 share for each in the CSeries program, that will be separated from the company, to make it’s numbers look better and to get $1.0 billion from the Federal Government. I think it is a ruse on Canadians, as Bombardier itself does NOT believe in the CSeries, as recently as October they tried to sell the program at a reported very low price to Airbus and Embraer, wake people, they want out ! they know it is going to be a disaster. Otherwise why would they sell the CSeriest program just before certification after 8 years of effort ? because they see that demand is not there in the 100-150 seat market to carve out an existence with 3 other OEMs and their 4 aircraft types, plus the pricing discounts that we have witnessed in the past 2 months (United’s 65 x B737-700 deals at -71% of list price, Air Canada’s 45 x CS300’s LOI deal at -60% off list price). Predatory pricing by Airbus and Boeing will make profitability next to impossible to achieve. Low demand and low prices is a recipe for ultimate disaster for Bombardier. So, with no OEM’s interested in the CSeries, now they want to ‘dump’ the program on the Canadian taxpayer ! still looking to get out somehow. Meanwhile, the 2 families that control Bombardier do want to give up their controlling interest and don’t want to put in their money into the program, as they know the ultimate outcome will be an “orphaned aircraft”, that the hopefully for them, we the dum ass Canadian taxpayers will be stuck with it thanks to our naïve government that will take the Quebec bait. We have in the past given aerospace so much money, billions of taxpayers money went to Canadair and de Havilland, and the companies for very little. In fact Boeing in 1985 bought de Havilland for $112 million from the CDIC, yet between 1981 and 1984 we the taxpayer put in $950 million to develop the DHC-8, and then in 1992 Bombardier bought de Havilland. I say NO Federal money to Bombardier, we just don’t have it, budget deficit will be huge this year, let them swim or sink.

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:RJET) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which is a reorganization process, but has raised concerns about the CSeries order for 40 x CS300’s from 2010 and 40 options, as the stock drops to $0.92 per share (93.7% in the past 11 months from $14.67), and market cap drops to $47 … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Bombardier “B” shares closed at $0.89 today, a reverse stock split is badly needed to avoid the stock being ejected from Canada’s benchmark S&P/TSX composite index. A reverse stock split would reduce the number of shares and increase the stock price accordingly, so as an example a 5:1 reverse split would reduce the TSX:BBD.B outstanding shares from 1.933 billion to 386.6 million shares and increase price to 5 x todays’ price to $4.45 all else being equal. Sounds good ? well only 25 months ago (January 17, 2014) Bombardier the stock was at $4.51 at the current share price decline, another reverse share split would be needed by the end of February, 2018 ! So, I expect that a Bombardier reverse share split will have to be at least 15:1 ($12.00 to $13.35 range) to avoid future problems after the split (e.g. CHC Group). If it were not for bad news these days, there would be no news out of Bombardier. On December 8, 2015 CHC Group stock (NYSE:HELI) hit $0.234 per share, they did a 30:1 reverse split on December 11, 2015 to avoid delisting on the NYSE, and the stock immediately went to $6.55 (7% discount after the reverse split from an expected at par price of $7.02 ) and they are now out of the ‘penny stock’ category. Today (February 4, 2016), CHC Group stock (NYSE:HELI) hit $2.10 per share, or better put, $0.07 per share without the 30:1 reverse split ! it’s all just “smoke and mirrors” to hide horrible stock devaluations by company’s in serious trouble (today’s CHC Group market cap is only $8.35 million for a $1.7 billion a year, 233 helicopter operation), so things can get worst for Bombardier even after a “cosmetic” reverse share split. These are dark days for Bombardier and the offshore helicopter market and their OEM’s as well.

Well, I have been right about the Bombardier shares (TSX:BBD.B) becoming “penny stock”, said it along time ago, the writing was on the wall, but no one really paid attention to my blog and it has stayed a penny stock since January 27th when it hit $0.99, today it hit $0.89 and a continuing slide to … Continue reading

SUMMARY: For the 3rd time in 32 years the Dornier Seastar amphibian is back (1st flight 1984), this time as Dornier Seawings GmbH (Germany), in a joint venture with 2 Chinese state owned companies in Wuxi, China, where the 2nd production line will be (really a 2nd line ?). After bailing out and failing to manufacture the aircraft and employ 250+ workers in Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec as promised 4+ years ago when it was Dornier Seaplane Company of Florida, under CEO Joe Walker (ex-Adam Aircraft founder), not sure who takes the program seriously today, but the Chinese love to buy and bring home out of production aircraft, that then disappear into what I call the “Black Hole” and are never seen again. I don’t believe that much has has changed on the aircraft since I was Marketing Manager for Dornier Seastar GmbH in 1990-1991, except the 5 bladed prop versus the old 4 bladed prop, but have to give credit to Conrado Dornier for not giving up on his dream. There is a big market out there for regional seaplanes/amphibians but no aircraft, everyone makes do with costly, heavy, slow and inefficient land planes dragging big floats through the air. There has to be a better way, I have worked on several true amphibians like the Frakes G73T Turbo Mallard (Mallard Aircraft is looking for investors today) and the HU-16B/G-111, TPE-331-14 conversion, all good and usable aircraft but old designs. Diamond Aircraft (Canada) is going to build the composite airframe for Dornier, hopefully with newer composite material, and it is a boost to a Canadian OEM that has struggled since 2008 to regain it’s market position of 2007 when it delivered 471 aircraft and revenue of $185 million. Today, it’s output and revenue is +/-50% of what it did 8 years ago, it is another Canadian aircraft manufacturer trying to regain a lost market position, as it’s single engine jet VLJ, the D-JET program diverted money and attention from its core GA market, sounds familiar ? and I hear rumors that Wangfen, a Chinese company, is looking to buy Diamond Aircraft (Canada) ? Anyway, I look forward to one day seeing new amphibians that will fill a void that has not been filled since the days of flying boats, the market today is right for a revival, the Russian Beriev Be-200 has so much potential, but the Russians have NO idea how to sell a “concept” before you try and sell a “product”, that was Dornier Seastar’s problem back in 1991 when it stopped development of the Seastar, hope they have learned something the past 25 years that will make it a success this 3rd time around (3rd time around a charm ? or 3 strikes you’re out ?), we shall see.

  I read with great interest the latest news on the German 14 seat Dornier Seastar CD2 amphibious aircraft being built by Canadian based Diamond Aircraft for German based Dornier Seawings GmbH, as I was a young Marketing Manager for the program in 1990-1991 before it went it into liquidation after receiving German LBA VFR … Continue reading

UPDATE: United Airlines as expected has chosen the Boeing B737-700 over the CS100/CS300 offer from Bombardier and E195-E1 from Embraer. Bombardier stock has dropped 9.17% to a new low of $1.09 (21.1.16 4:21pm) on the news, which should not have been a surprise to those that read my blog. This was the first head to head battle between Bombardier’s CSeries and Boeing’s B737 line, in the end it was all about PRICE, and now Bombardier and all investors see what I have been talking about for some time, Bombardier will NOT be able to compete with Airbus and Boeing on Price. The Duopoly is going to see to it that the CSeries gets undercut on price on every deal, and Bombardier has to be really worried now. The United Airlines deal for 40 x B737-700’s was apparently closed at $US +/-23 million per aircraft (a whopping 71% OFF the List Price), and here lies the Achilles heel of Bombardier, it is not able to compete on Price with the duopoly of Airbus and Boeing, and with low fuel prices, fuel efficiency, new design, value proposition, etc. all take a back seat to Price (capital costs). The writing is on the wall, little Bombardier entered the Big League totally ill prepared for the fierce competition and now it is going to get really tough to make any profitable deal as Airbus and Boeing are prepared to defend their market from a new entrant that they know is very vulnerable and shaky. In a simple SWOT analysis, the THREAT of entering this narrow-body segment was the defensive and offensive position Airbus and Boeing were and are going to take against any new competitor, and this should have been a major RED FLAG for NOT entering this market segment, and Bombardier is now realizing the severity of its weak position vis-a-vis Airbus and Boeing as competitors, as they are no Embraer and ATR, which Bombardier battled with for years with it’s dying Q400/CRJ brands, and ultimately lost to in the past 4 years. Now, on to this next Bombardier PR disaster, Delta Air Lines interest in the CSeries, which is not much different than the United Airlines deal, and the result, which I do not expect to be anytime soon , will be the same. Delta’s very successful and forward looking CEO Richard Anderson has already said what it will take to win his airline’s order when he said “at the RIGHT PRICE, it’s quite a competitive airplane”, right price ? what price ? List price of the CS100 is $US 71.8 million, CS 300 is $US 82.0 million, Bombardier CANNOT compete with deals at 70% off and stay in this business for very long, no way, now how, the duopoly has economies of scale with large production numbers, many different models, and can offer discounts on other aircraft deals to sell their B737Max and A320neo products. On top of the duopoly, the narrow-body segment has 2 new very well financially backed entrants coming, the Russian government backed Irkut MC-21 and the Chinese government backed Comac C919, and it is going to be a great time for airlines to make sweetheart deals, but sadly Bombardier Aerospace (Commercial and Business Aircraft) will not be enjoying the next few years at all, and ultimately “Combardier” (China’s Comac buying Bombardier) is a real possibility in the next 4 years.

Well it is official and as expected, United Airlines has chosen to order 40 x Boeing B737-700’s over the Bombardier CS100, CS300 and Embraer’s E195-E1. I touched on the reasons a few ago why Bombardier was NOT going to win this order, basically United Airlines operates 310 x B737’s already with 100 on order. It … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Bombardier finally sees that “aggressive” pricing for the CSeries is a must, as the “game changer” has no new order since September, 2014 and it is now perfectly clear to all that the fuel efficiency of the CSeries will be closely matched by Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Comac and Irkut as they will all incorporate new generation fuel efficient engines in their new aircraft programs. This year, 2016, is the make it or break it year for Bombardier, all eyes are on sales, EIS (entry into service) and production ramp up, 12 months from now the future of the company will be clearer, one way or the other. The CSeries has now lost its main competitive advantage, its value proposition (most fuel efficient airliner) and like all the others it will have to seriously discount it’s price to win any new order, and it is not prepared or capable of waging a price war. A major price war is looming as the duopoly of Airbus and Boeing, will not only have to deal with Bombardier’s CS100/300 and Embraer’s E195-E2 at the low end, but head on competition from China’s Comac C919 and Russia’s Irkut MC-21narrow-body airliners as well within the next 5 years. It is going to get ugly for Bombardier, as surely it “hopes” that Airbus and Boeing will not continue with the slow selling A319neo or Boeing the Max7 programs (a segment that is NOT very big, and was overestimated by many), but the duopoly will stay in the segment, for if anything, just to make sure Bombardier does not get a foothold in the BIG league of commercial aircraft. A price war with the likes of Airbus, Boeing and the Chinese and Russian Governments spells disaster for Bombardier in the long run, it cannot sustain regular discounts of +40% and continue as a going concern, they just cannot compete on price at this level, where even today before the new entrants arrive, discounts of 50% from List Price are ‘common’ from Airbus and Boeing on large orders . The current United Airlines requirement for 30 new 100+ seat jets will be an example of what is to come, as United is a huge Boeing customer, with 310 x B737’s (700/800/900’s) in service today and another 100 B737Max9’s on order, there is NO way hell, Boeing will allow Bombardier to win over this customer, and the deal will probably go for $US 40+/- million per unit (50% off List Price) for the B737-700 as the NG line still needs to be filled before the MAX line takes over,. To win with United Airlines, Bombardier will be required to offer a huge discount on the $US 71.8 million CS100 and the $US 82.0 million CS300, that it would create a huge loss for the company, as it has no way of getting that loss back from its product line (unlike Airbus & Boeing that delivered 1,397 aircraft in 2015) yet a major North American order for the future success of the CSeries is a MUST if the program is to have a future. Bombardier unlike the duopoly, will have a low production rate of 10 units per month by 2020, not enough to spread its costs/losses, while the duopoly is planning on producing 122+ A320/B737’s per month by 2018, a greatly reducing unit costs, and they will fight to keep Bombardier out of it’s “turf”, especially after it announced it may go with the larger CS500 (165+ seat) jet down the road, a direct challenge to the A320/B737. Anyway, Airbus believes the CSeries will become an “orphan” aircraft, “a nice little plane”, that was probably forever doomed to be a poor seller, and Airbus should know, they were the first OEM Bombardier went to, in their attempt to sell the program last year ! All the indications are there that the market is not there, up-gauging of aircraft, low sales in the 100-150 segment by all to a lack of interest from lessors. Lastly, while the CSeries will have to deal with the duopoly, the $75 million a piece Global G7000 business jet will also have to deal with the duopoly if it plans on selling a lot, as the ACJ319/320 (Airbus Corporate Jets) and the BBJ (Boeing Business Jets) are in the same segment, a segment that has averaged only 16 units a year for the past 18 years, so the G7000 may sadly not be the “game changer” either.

I have been quiet for awhile on Bombardier, watching what will unfold, with a heavy heart, seems that the new year is not going to be much better than last year, when Bombardier’s stock (TSX:BBD.B) lost 60.9% of its value, ROI (return on investment) was -44.0% and market capitalization is down to $2.51 billion, cash … Continue reading

UPDATE: The 10 to 14 seat EV-55 Outback twin PT6A powered STOL utility aircraft continues its EASA CS23 certification, but the latest order by China’s Guangdong Long Hao Group for 50 x EV-55’s with plane unseen, no spec, no certification for 2 years at least, etc. raises serious concerns about what is going on at Evektor, as the Malaysian’s are screwing up the whole program with their lack of leadership, experience and knowledge in the industry. The Malaysian investor, Aspirasi Pertiwi Sdn Bhd which has only 9% of the voting shares yet controls the company ? is not living up to its Agreement with Evektor, and is apparently in breach of its Agreement with Evektor and changes are coming to the arrangement, as several investigations are forthcoming. It is very unfortunate that the EV-55 Outback is once again delayed but the aircraft will survive and be certified and then do very well commercially as it is very well positioned in the market. The Malaysians really have NO idea of Part 23 certification, the General Aviation market and aircraft production. The full inside story cannot be revealed yet, but it is a mess and this mess will be cleaned up through the appropriate legal processes in due course. Again, a warning to companies seeking investors, be real careful who you bring on board, the promise of money is not the only criteria, check out experience, knowledge and most importantly past achievements and failures.

I have been updating the progress of the 10-14 seat Evektor EV-55 Outback twin PT6 utility, which I was involved with from the beginning in analyzing the market segment, helping to raise money from the Czech Ministry of Trade and Industry and then specifying the aircraft’s size, performance and price point. I was stunned to … Continue reading

UPDATE: Canada’s first ULCC (ultra low cost carrier) is Winnipeg based NewLeaf, which will launch services to 7 Canadian destinations on February 12, 2016 with Boeing B737-400’s operated by Kelowna based Flair Airlines. It is not a perfect business model to start with, but given that Naked Jet/Enerjet and Canada Jetline have not been able to get their business plans executed for the past 2 years, it is better than nothing. In fact, this model was used to run Greyhound Air between July 1996 and September 1997, when Kelowna Flightcraft operated 7 x B727-200’s under its AOC for Greyhound Air, and Winnipeg was the hub, so it has been done before, but today the market landscape is different and it just may work. NewLeaf will offer fares as low as $99 one way but also will need to supplement it’s low fares with “non-ticket” revenue from baggage, seat selection, exit row, food and beverage fees, that today at US based ULCC’s make up around 45% of total revenue or 79% of the ticket price (i.e. Spirit Airlines), so expect that on average that $99 one way ticket will become on average a $+145 one way ticket when all is done and paid, still much lower than what Air Canada and WestJet charge today. Some people still think of WestJet Airlines as a low cost airline, but that story is long gone, as WestJet realized it did not have to be a low cost airline, just come close to Air Canada’s fares and the service would win over. Today Air Canada and WestJet Airlines have roughly the same passenger yields ($/RPM) at around $cents 0.192, both have the same average load factor of +/-81%, their PRASM (passenger revenue per available seat mile) are pretty much the same at $0.155, and Air Canada is reducing its units costs while WestJet’s keep going up. It is time for Canadians to have access to LOW airline fares, and have another choice over the duopoly that runs our airline industry, as we are the ONLY country in the developed world today without a low cost airline, and while Air Canada’s ‘rouge’ is a low cost subsidiary (mostly just due to higher seating density on its aircraft) it’s fares are the same as Air Canada’s, as its role is to make more money for Air Canada and not to reduce air fares to Canadians. It is estimated that 4.8 million Canadians fly each year from US airports that are close to our border (e.g. Buffalo, Detroit, Bellingham, etc.) to save on airfare ! This is the Canadian ULCC opportunity and challenge, to get some of those passengers back. With low frequencies and just 7 airports served, NewLeaf will not threaten Air Canada or WestJet but then 20 years ago WestJet started with 3 B737-200’s and 5 destinations and look at its evolution, every company has to start somewhere. Lastly, Iceland based ULCC operator WOW Air is coming to Canada in May, 2016 and is offering great deals to Iceland at $C 99 one way and $C 149 to Europe, it is about time Canadians had low cost options and let’s hope the low cost trend spreads fast and forces the duopoly to stop ‘milking’ Canadian air travelers !

Well, Canada finally has another low cost champion, as NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. (http://www.FlyNewLeaf.ca) announces it will begin operating Boeing B737-400 commercial flights to 7 Canadian cities for as little as $99 one way under the AOC of Flair Airlines of Kelowna, B.C. on Friday, February 12, 2016, only 1 week short of the 20th … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Consolidation in the Canadian regional airline industry is slower than I expected, but recent acquisitions by West Wind Aviation of Osprey Wings and Harbour Air (aka “World’s Largest Seaplane Airline”) acquisition of Salt Spring Air on top of EIC acquiring Provincial Aerospace and Chorus Aviation acquiring Voyageur Airways earlier in 2015 gives me some hope for more mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in this sector over the next 1-3 years. In fact, Harbour Air itself has sold 49% of it’s equity to a Chinese investor in 2015, and is now planning to enter the highly questionable Chinese seaplane market , just as it solidifies it’s dominant market position in and around the Vancouver area having also acquired Whistler Air (in 2012) and West Coast Air (in 2010), and then divested itself off Prince Rupert based North Pacific Seaplanes (in 2013). There are 6 privately owned Canadian regional airlines that could be in play in the next 2-3 years, as several airlines are well into their 2nd generation of management by owners and most do not have a 3rd generation waiting to take control and few are actually growing and basically stuck in their traditional market. Publicly owned Exchange Income Corporation (EIC) with 5 airlines now has shown that you can make money with regional airlines as long as you have good management, a good market position/niche and financing behind you. The industry is changing, in the north, most airlines are now First Nation owned and the remaining privately owned airlines will find eager investors if they truly want to sell and are prepared for suitors before they need a buyer, as most small airlines are unprepared to generate interest with potential buyers, as they don’t even know how to value their business’s worth, what are its attributes and how to attract a broader pool of investors willing to pay more for the company. Last, I will discuss the growth of seaplane airlines around the world and the need for new aircraft beyond just old landplanes with bulky and heavy floats attached, for the industry to really grow.

I have previously discussed the Canadian regional airline market, and that consolidation is coming as family run airlines are looking to sell their airlines, as witnessed by Exchange Income Corporation (EIC) of Winnipeg (TSX:EIF), which has bought 5 Canadian private family regional airlines in the past 12 years, and surely eyeing more: Perimeter Aviation in … Continue reading

UPDATE: The Bombardier CSeries CS100 has received it’s Canadian Type Certificate, which is good news, and raised the stock by whole $0.19 a share, clearly showing investor apathy for the stock ! The BEST news is that it looks as if the man responsible for the chaos at Bombardier in the past 5 years, ex-CEO and now Chairman of Bombardier, Pierre Beaudoin will leave the company in early 2016. Certification is one hurdle, still many hurdles to jump through before the CSeries and Bombardier are in a good place, lots of things can still go wrong from entry into service, production ramp up to new technical issues (e.g. B787 battery problems). As for the 5 year transformation plan, there is NO WAY that Aerospace will reach its planned 2020 revenue of $14.9 billion with two planned “cash cows” (CSeries and G7000) that are a roll of the dice if they are to be successful in their respective markets. For surely, the current programs will not be competitive or even produced by 2020 (e.g. Learjet 70/75, Global G5000/6000, CRJ line, Q400 and possibly the Challenger 650) as these programs are in their declining product life cycle stage, and facing newer and better products in the next 4 years that will make them obsolete. Lastly, I am still not seeing a market in the 100-149 seat segment, where is it ? where does Bombardier see this BIG market ? as the 125 to 149 passenger B737Max7, A319neo have not found it (only 109 orders out of 7,270 Max and neo current orders, or 1.5% of orders), and Embraer’s 118 passenger E195-E1 and Bombardier’s 104 passenger CRJ1000 sales were the least of all their respective models (only 11% of total EJet sales and 8% of CRJ700/900/1000 sales), combining for only 233 deliveries of 100+ passenger aircraft in 10 years, so the large regional jets have also NOT found a market in the 100-150 passenger market either. Maybe the market has up gauged and moved into the 150+ seat segment ? and Bombardier’s forecasts were and are wrong based on old data (e.g. DC-9’s, Fokker F-100’s, MD-80’s, B737-200/300/500/600′, BAe 146-300’s, etc.) and not taking into account new trends in up-gauging of aircraft, de-hubbing and focus on lowering CASM’s. The CSeries is badly positioned and will struggle for orders, even ICF International believes the CSeries program is a 50 unit per year aircraft program !

Well finally the Bombardier CS100 has received its Transport Canada Type Certificate today, and the stock (TSX:BBD.B) has gone up $C 0.19 to $1.36 (as of this afternoon, Dec 18/2015) or 16.4%. This is good news, but even better news is that it looks as if Chairman of Bombardier, Pierre Beaudoin will step down some … Continue reading

UPDATE: An insider’s opinion on what went wrong at Bombardier. With the TSX:BBD.B stock at $1.19 (Dec 11, 2015), a drop of 75.2% from year ago today and a 13.7% drop from only a month ago, it is obvious that the investment community is not buying the 5 year transformation plan presented at the company’s Investor Day in New York on November 24th. The plan calls for revenue growth to $25 billion by 2020, with Business Aircraft to hit $9.1 billion with the G7000 alone ? as the G8000 is no longer mentioned by Bombardier and the Challenger 650 is fading while the Learjets are dying. Meanwhile Commercial Aircraft plans to hit $5.8 billion in revenue (with only CS100/300’s as the CRJ and Q400 sales have little life left and by 2020 they surely will not be in production). While Transportation (trains) goes to $9.4 billion and Aerostructure grows to $0.7 billion (70% from Bombardier). Already plans are in place to out source Q400 and CRJ work to Mexico and Morocco as those brands fade into history, as current backlog of Q400’s at 73 units (36 months of production) and CRJ line with 75+/- backlog (15 months of production), the company is now looking for it’s workers for labor concessions in Belfast and Toronto. The company plans to deliver anywhere between 255 and 315 CSeries by the end of 2020, when production should be 90-120 units annually, so it is estimating a net average unit (CS100 and CS300) price of between $64 million at 90 units or $48 million at 120 units, either way it won’t reach $5.8 billion (at BEST $4.8 billion) when the price will be at best $42 million for the CS 300 and $36 million for the CS100 due to heavy price discounting competition from Airbus, Boeing and by 2020 new entrants like Comac and Irkut on their respective narrowbody aircraft. As for business jets, hitting $9.1B that is a far stretch as well, The Challenger 650 (a 35+ year old Canadair CL-600) will not be competitive by then, the Learjet line is dying as I write this, while the current Global G5000/6000 (current “cash cow” for Aerospace) is finding it hard to compete today and accordingly production is being reduced to 50 and much lower, and by before 2018 the G5000/6000 will struggle for any orders, and will be done as the new Gulfstream G500/600/650ER and Dassault 8X take over that segment. The ultra long range segment above $75 million (Global 7000 is priced at $75 million) has delivered 161 Boeing 737 Business Jets (BBJ’s) in 17 years, Airbus has delivered 116 A320/319 Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ’s) in that time, or 277 narrowbody business jets (or just 16.3 aircraft per year on average), show me where is this market for business jets over $75 million ? governments and a few billionaires, but realistically a small market that Bombardier once again over estimated, and will pay the price for entering into. The competition here is VIP versions of commercial airliners offering great prices and much more comfort with huge cabins, the $75 million G7000 has a cabin of 2,657 ft3 and will fly up to 7,900nm the $87 million (big discounts available as low as $50 million), while the new ACJ A319neo has a cabin of 5,843 ft3 (2.2 x larger than G7000) with a range of 6,500 nm, and it will be tough going for sure.The future of Bombardier Aerospace is down to the CSeries and G7000 programs, in highly questionable markets segments that are most likely not going to support the company’s ambitions of mass production and large sales goals, they rolled the nice and they just may end up losing the company in the end.

I will start with my usual lack of progress report on Bombardier and where it is heading, and then further below is the unedited opinion of a Bombardier insider on what the heck has been going on at the very troubled OEM. I can report on what I see for the point of view of … Continue reading

SUMMARY: The Latvian airline, airBaltic was recently a target of Russian ‘agents’ to sell it 5 x Sukhoi SSJ-100 SuperJets, though it has 13 x CS300 on order and 7 options. The Russians are desperate to open the Western market for the SSJ-100 even as they deliver only the 100th unit produced after 49 months of production (only 17 produced this year versus a planned 45 and only less than 60 in service ? yes that is right, 40 x SSJ-100’s sitting in Russia with no where to go ! it’s a fire sale now). President Putin is putting $US 2.0+ billion into the program to open the Western market for the SSJ-100 to be followed by the Irkut MC-21 narrowbody.The SSJ program is crucial to Russia’s “hopes” of becoming a major commercial aircraft producer. But right now Sukhoi is part of the Russian military industrial complex now under international sanctions, as is it’s parent company United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and a therefore all risky suppliers. To sell the aircraft, the Russians have resorted to their well known Russian business practices and desperate measures. Recent scandals at the highest levels in Latvia and at airBaltic show how secretive and underhanded they are to make things happen. In this case a new “undesirable” and a “potential security risk” (according to Latvia’s ex-Transport Minister), German investor with very close ties to Russia’s aerospace industry and Russian ‘elites’ comes out of nowhere with $US 57 million and puts money into a desperate national airline (opposed by Latvia’s then Transport Minister who was fired for his opposition), gets 20% equity and a whole lot more. He gets the airline to change its Business Plan to include 5 x SSJ-100’s, and somehow gets exclusive rights to provide aircraft to the airline ? who agreed to that ? Thank god that whole “scheme” was torpedoed by the Latvian Prime Minister right away with the urging of his Minister for Defense. A special NO purchase/lease or utilization of Russian aircraft special clause was inserted into the Shareholders Agreement plus 20 controversial points were removed ? Where did CEO Martin Gauss stand on all of this is a big question. But this shows how Russians plan to sell the Sukhoi, use money from who knows where to invest in private small airlines, fund management buyouts, pay off executives, buy airlines from privatization, etc. Slovenia’s Bad Asset Management Company is now privatizing it’s national airline Adria Airways, with Intro Aviation in the running, a word of caution here is needed as the real Intro Aviation interest may have more to do with placing SSJ-100’s then anything else (Adria Airways has 6 x CRJ900’s and 3 x A319’s). In fact, Ireland based CityJet’s (owned by Intro Aviation and now lessee to 25 x SSJ-100’s ) Chief Executive calls the SSJ-100 a real “game changer”, seriously ? it’s a 9 year old design that faces obsolescence in the next 2-3 years as the new generation Embraer E175-E2, Mitsubishi MRJ90 and the Bombardier CS100 enter service. Some in the industry are greatly exaggerating the SSJ-100 capabilities. The fact is that till now, the only western customer was Interjet of Mexico, otherwise the rest of the customers are just Russian/CIS operators (not counting the failed operators in Indonesia, Laos and Armenia) who have no choice in Russia, but the SSJ-100. So why buy anything MADE IN RUSSIA ? does anyone buy anything Made in Russia today ? Any executive worth his salary knows that in business you must always minimize business risk where possible, when you buy a SSJ-100 you greatly increase your political risk. Tensions between NATO and Russia are heating up again after the annexation of Crimea and the provocations in Ukraine, and you put your company’s future at risk of bankruptcy if you operate SSJ-100’s. One only has to look at the fact that the vast majority of western airliners in Russia today (inc. national carrier Aeroflot) are on VP-B (Bermuda) or EI (Ireland) registration, as RU (Russian) registration is too “risky” for lessors, financiers, banks and aircraft investors. If relations with Russia deteriorate further in the future, a SSJ-100 operator will have to shut down, as new sanctions and any subsequent public and corporate boycotts/petitions against the your airline’s use of the SSJ will ground you, do not take political risk likely today. That is the world of economic sanctions, just ask the Cubans and Iranians how tough it is to keep old cars and planes operational in such an environment, so be smart, saving some money up front on a 20 year commitment to an aircraft does NOT mean that you have a great deal in the end.

In a major press announcement on December 2, 2015 in Latvia, the Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma came out to say the government supports the inclusion of a cause in the Agreement of Shareholders that prohibits “ airBaltic and its affiliated companies are prohibited from purchasing, renting or otherwise utilizing equipment produced by the military industrial … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Air Armenia becomes the 2nd national airline to go bankrupt this month, the poorly financed airline shuts down after a local bankruptcy filling by HSBC. This follows Estonian Air shutting down on November 8th after the EU Commission ordered Estonia to take back the state aid it had provided the perennial money losing airline. It is very difficult for small airlines to find a niche in the highly competitive market as competition globally intensifies, and more and more small airlines will fail, sadly most due to poor management, it is about financial mismanagement followed by poor or none existing planning, strategy, marketing or revenue management (e.g. Estonian Air according to EU Commission). Finally, since I am looking at Armenia and the Caucasus region, a quick overview of corruption is in order, from small Pacific island nations being paid to recognize some of the 5 Russian backed self declared Republics to using offshore companies to rob 3 Moldovian banks of billions of $US and money laundering out of Russia, seems very fitting.

Air Armenia the national airline of Armenia was declared bankrupt yesterday (November 25, 2015) by a court in Yerevan the capital of Armenia following a claim by HSBC Armenia. This is the second national airline to go bankrupt this month (Estonian Air shut down November 8, 2015), and more will follow as competition in the … Continue reading

UPDATE: Today Bombardier received another $1.5 billion to shore up its liquidity to keep its ‘pet’ projects (CSeries and Global 7000/8000) alive and breathing. Caisse du depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ) the provinces largest public and private pension manager will take a 30% share in Bombardier Transportation (rail), as Bombardier prepares to burn through $US+1.0 billion next year on the CSeries (entry into service, production, and on every delivered aircraft which should be 20) and another $1.0 billion on the Global 7000/8000 in development and certification costs ($2.6 billion was spent on the failed Lear 85 – how ?). The CSeries is now 49.5% owned by the Province of Quebec, and you know where jobs will be going, as the medium term future of Downsview is now questionable (remember Canadair’s home airport of Cartierville ? sold to make a golf course and a residential area at a good profit to Bombardier) as the Q400 and CRJ lines are in their final 2-3 years of production, as backlogs for both are less than 130 (currently 5 x CRJ’s and 2 x Q400’s are being produced per month), you can do the math right ? They want federal money too as they make plans to send Q400 wing and cockpit work to Mexico as the product life cycle is firmly in the decline phase for both lines, and Quebec wants job guarantees for its stake in the Cseries. At some point in the next 2-3 years look for business jet work (inc. G7000/8000) going to Montreal. Why does the public put in money when the Beaudoin and Bombardier family control 54% of voting rights with 14% of equity ? and they are responsible for the current mess, company needs good corporate governance. The reality is that there are at best only “REALISTIC” 140 CSeries orders after 7 years of sales effort, Airbus was approached, Embraer was approached and no takers were found for the program and now they are stuck with it, slowly writing it down with huge losses. It is not only about the state of finances, but the segment (110 to 149 seats) it is positioned in, but also the huge discounting by Airbus and Boeing which will require +40% discounts by Bombardier to win any large order. Time to change the Board as you cannot solve your problems with the same people that created the problems in the first place, the Lear 85 was written down by $US 2.6 billion and the CSeries was written down by $US 3.2 billion, due to mismagement of both programs.The stock, (TSX:BBD.B) closed at $1.28 today down from $1.36 a week ago and down 70.3% from a year ago, a further drop of 22% and its a penny stock ! The financial markets are NOT impressed, everyone knows that its all a indirect BAILOUT as the company lost $4.9 billion last Quarter ($700 million without write downs) and now you have the Quebec Government in the CSeries program, and that is never good for any business as Canadian Governments have shown that they have NO idea how to run a business, we saw that with Canadair, de Havilland, Air Canada, etc. Lastly, no one discusses it but the BIG problem for the CSeries is that it will NOT make money in an industry discounting 40% off List Price today, and production of narrow body airliners is going to 125 units per month, and Bombardier plans 10 per month and it too will have to discount 40% down, making profitability at best a long term proposition, if ever.

Today Bombardier got another bail out from the Province of Quebec, this time by getting Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ),  Quebec’s long term public and private pension fund, to buy 30% of its Bombardier Transportation (rail business) for $1.5 billion (valuing the division at only $5.0 billion), on top of the recent … Continue reading