Montreal - Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier focused on negotiations with SaudiGulf Airlines in an attempt to conserve its hindered order for 16 CS300.
The Dammam-based carrier's CEO Samer Majali told that SaudiGulf Airlines is open to all options. Bombardier had failed to deliver the CS300s on its schedule.
We had a deal with Bombardier. The ordered aircraft were assumed to be delivered in May 2016. We got the permission to operate our ordered CS300s in May 2016, but we didn't receive any aircraft from Bombardier,Majali had said in an interview last month.
We began negotiating with them again on new delivery dates. We did not come to an arrangement yet. But We are in the midst of negotiations with them. We are extremely unhappy because of what happened before. The program delays have caused our business some large harm and large costs,he said now.
SaudiGulf Airlines was targeting a fleet size of ten aircraft by the end of 2017, but the carrier is still operating the existing four Airbus A320s with which it began operations.
Majali declined to comment when asked about the probability of canceling the order for 16 CS300, but he affirmed that his company would be seeking compensation or more appealing financial conditions as an incentive to continue with the purchase because Bombardier has fallen short of its contractual obligations.