Airbus has recently announced that they will be renaming its newly acquired Bombardier C Series Jet to new Airbus designations. Last October, Airbus publicly announced the acquisition of Bombardier’s upcoming C Series airliner that was designed to compete with the Embraer regional market and the Boeing 737 & A320 domestic markets.
The regional airline market in the United States is a growing industry. According to Statista, has 67 certificated regional carriers in the United States, emplaning almost 155 million passengers per year. Average daily departures are nearly 10,500 flights, with an average passenger load factor of 79.6%. Total revenue passenger miles (RPM) is $75.5bn per year.
It would make sense for Bombardier to design a C Series aircraft to compete with the short domestic routes that Boeing and Airbus provide throughout North America. The C Series has a lower fuel burn and lower overall operating costs than the aging B737, for example. The aircraft have anywhere from 130-160 seats for optimal domestic operations with new, advanced technology. When Airbus acquired 50.1% market share of the C Series program last October, Boeing threatened Airbus with tariffs under the US Commerce Department after Delta ordered 75 C Series Jets. History repeats itself though as Boeing purchased rights to the McDonnell Douglas MD-95 over twenty years ago to the B717!
There are currently two Bombardier C Series models: the CS100 and CS300. Airbus, according to sources from Bloomberg will soon be changing their designations to the A210 and A230, respectively. It will certainly be interesting to see the development and potential success of the new Airbus 200 series and how it will affect domestic and regional flights throughout North America.