WHEN REPUBLIC AIRWAYS HOLDINGS PLACED A FIRM order for 40 CSeries aircraft in late February, it ensured that Bombardier's narrowbody will be operating in both Europe and the US by 2015 if all remains on schedule and on target, providing airlines with a 15% fuel burn gain over today's 737s and A320s. The bulk of the efficiency improvement, of course, will come from Pratt & Whitney's PW1000G geared turbofan engine (ATW, 11/09, p. 42). Bombardier claims it is in talks with a ...

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