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Airbus Buys Stake in Bombardier C-Series

Airbus Buys Stake in Bombardier C-Series
Jennifer Billock

Airbus and Bombardier have joined forces in a merger that’s likely to shake up the entire aviation industry.

In an almost-bailout for Canadian plane manufacturer Bombardier, Airbus has bought a majority stake in the company’s C-Series program – though for no money in that majority stake. Bombardier has been struggling for a while, “propped up by Canadian taxpayers,” reports The Register. Canadian Bombardier jobs will remain in Canada, and the company’s UK jobs will stay in the UK.

The deal might mean some turbulence in the global aviation industry itself. Neither Airbus nor Boeing have been competing in Bombardier’s space, building regional aircraft that hold from 100 to 150 passengers. Brazil is already firmly in the market with its Embraer jet, and China and Japan aren’t far behind with regional jets of their own.

Airbus and Bombardier will profit off of one another’s global scale and supply chain, causing potential strife among airline rivals. The Register believes this will lead to court disputes, as Boeing has already taken Bombardier to court for a trade dispute and Bombardier believes US taxes aren’t fair. Airbus has also complained that Boeing is getting state aid unfairly for the company’s 777x aircraft.

But meanwhile, before any court battles ensue, Airbus has now, with this deal, emerged as a leader in the aviation industry. The company now owns planes that can seat anywhere from 100 people up to 800. The company will hit another milestone soon as well: the first flight of its more fuel-efficient A330neo aircraft thanks to design tweaks and new engines.

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  1. Fyd

    October 18, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Both the headline and article are incorrect: Airbus didn’t buy a majority stake in Bombardier. The only bought a majority stake in the C-Series program! That doesn’t include the CRJ regional jets or business jets, a big difference! Please correct!
    Minor details, Airbus does have planes in this space, the A318, but that has few buyers…

  2. GVA

    October 18, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Does anyone fact check articles here ? Airbus did not buy Bombardier, did not bail them out, nor did they buy any stake in the company. It is all about the CSeries and nothing else.

  3. edgewood49

    October 18, 2017 at 5:02 am


    AB ONLY bought into the C series of planes to now be produced in Alabama

    Come on do you really need to see yourself in print that bad?

  4. robsaw

    October 18, 2017 at 8:24 am

    They didn’t buy Bombardier, they bought a 50.1% share of the C-Series program only.

  5. emcampbe

    October 18, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Details on this piece are awful.

    Besides a headline that isn’t factual (even if the actual story did involve all of Bombardier), buying and taking a majority stake are NOT the same thing. Secondly, basic research on the company seems to be missing – Bombardier also produces, through Canadair (subsiduary, I think), airplanes that seat at least as few as 50 people.

  6. edgewood49

    October 19, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Here is the real rub. I have watched this blog and it’s still getting prime real estate on Flyer Talk yet other than one correction on the header the “author” and I use that term loosely has not commented, apologized, nothing.

    Certainly not professional but then how many of these so called “experts” are ? They certainly do add to the FAKE NEWS claims

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