Vueling CEO says CSeries a serious contender for fleet renewal

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Published: September 19, 2012

The CEO of Spanish low-cost carrier (LCC) Vueling (VY) has given the clearest indication yet that the approaching Bombardier CSeries is a serious contender for the airline’s fleet re-equipment program.

Speaking at the World Low Cost Airline Congress in London, VY CEO Alex Cruz said Bombardier’s 160-seat CSeries proposal was attractive.

“The Canadians have done a great job of building a brand-new aircraft. I think it will be the ‘new single-aisle airliner in town’ for some time to come,” he said.

He described Bombardier’s proposal as “an extremely viable proposition. We’ve been surprised by the lack of awareness from other manufacturers about this aircraft,” he added.

VY operates the Airbus A320 and plans to order up to 60 replacements within the coming year.

Cruz said he had not anticipated a third contender and this has increased the time needed to make a decision.

For this reason, VY had not seriously looked at potential new-generation offerings from Irkut and COMAC, “Simply because we would never finish this process.”

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