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The future of Bombardier's CRJ900 program is at risk if no new orders received

Montreal - Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare said the sustainability of the manufacturer's CRJ900 regional jet program relies on future orders.

Bombardier president and CEO Alain Bellemare responded questions during an interview with The Canadian Press in Mirabel on Tuesday, April 16. Bellemare said the manufacturer was willing to keep the product line, but the current backlog of 54 CRJ900 guarantees production only through the end of next year.

“We’re trying to keep this product line going because there are only two competitors there, but it depends if we can fill up the backlog. We’re assessing options as we speak, so we’ll see where it goes,” Bellemare said.

In the regional jet segment, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has been dominating the market for the past five years with its E175 model. Once a cash cow for the Montreal-based Canadian manufacturer, the CRJ900 program of Bombardier now loses money.

Bombardier is now focusing on its business jet program, of which strong sales and high-profit margin drove the company to its first annual profit in five years.

Last year in July, the company sold a majority stake in its CSeries program to the European aerospace giant Airbus. After the sale, Airbus rebranded the aircraft as A220.

"Uganda Airlines receives its first Bombardier CRJ900"