C series gets its engine, launch delayed until fall

 - October 9, 2006, 6:28 AM

Pratt & Whitney Canada plans to build a brand-new engine for Bom-bardier’s C Series line of single-aisle airliners. The Canadian companies con-firmed the powerplant selection at the Paris Air Show, ending a month of speculation about which, if any, engine builder would step forward after the CFM International and International Aero Engines (IAE) consortia rejected Bombardier’s appeals for a non-derivative design. According to P&WC president Alain Bellemare, United Technologies sister company Pratt & Whitney will contribute to the effort, but he would not elaborate on how or to what extent. Also on hand in Paris, Quebec Minister of Economic Development Claude Bechard revealed that Bombardier’s plant in Mirabel, site of CRJ700 and CRJ900 assembly, would house the airplane’s final assembly line. Originally hoping to launch the program this summer, however, Bombardier has moved back its target to the fall after failing to come to terms with CFM and IAE.