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http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story.jsp?id=news/awx/2010/09/13/awx_09_13_2010_p0-253872.xml&headline=Chinese Leasing Company Considers CSeries&channel=comm
China’s Changjiang Leasing is negotiating with Bombardier over a possible order for CSeries airliners, but is reluctant to commit itself before it can be certain of the program schedule.
After the experience of the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 programs, it is difficult to place great trust in a manufacturer’s promised delivery dates, says Ren Weidong, executive vice president of the Hainan Airlines Group lessor.
“We are discussing it [a CSeries order] now,” he says. “The problem is when they can deliver the plane.”
Ren believes he has reasons to be skeptical. “I was the project manager for the 787 at Hainan Airlines.”
A Bombardier executive says airlines’ and lessors’ lack of trust in manufacturers’ development schedules has become a problem in selling the aircraft. The first delivery of a CSeries aircraft is due in 2013.
A CSeries order would be part of the expansion program at Changjiang, which Ren says will double its portfolio to 200 aircraft over the coming five to six years.
The company is expanding now by extending lease finance on aircraft that airlines have ordered, rather than by ordering itself. Available delivery slots generally are too far away, presenting too much risk for the lessor, Ren said on the sidelines of a conference, the Commercial Aircraft Forum in Shanghai.
There is no shortage of airlines seeking such financing, he added. Changjiang is itself financed mainly by bank loans.
Expansion will also include spreading Changjiang’s business beyond China. “We are talking to some foreign airlines now in Asia and elsewhere.”.
Ren sees narrowbody aircraft accounting for a rising proportion of the fleets of Chinese airlines as routes fragment and the system comes to look more like that of the United States.
On parle de China’s Changjiang Leasing
On parle aussi de la crédibilité des avionneurs qui mènent leur programme neuf avec bcp de retard, ce qui n'incite pas à aller vers de nouveaux avions... surtout dans le cas du Cseries où les slots ne sont pas encore cher compte tenu du carnet de commande.
Un piste intéressante sur l'évolution du marché chinois : de plus en plus fragmenté...