Air Canada will not replace Embraers with CSeries

Air Canada LogoOn May 15th, 2014, Air Canada announced in a statement that the airline would not replace 25 Embraer aircraft with CSeries aircraft from Bombardier.

The airlines’ statement said, in part: “After careful consideration, Air Canada has decided to continue to operate the (Embraer) aircraft given their young age … and to avoid additional capital expenditures and debt.”

While this is a setback to the CSeries program, the Embraer aircraft will need to be replaced at some point and Bombardier would likely make an attempt to provide an option to Air Canada in that case.

In April 2014, Air Canada finalized a deal to sell a portion of the airline’s Embraer 190 planes to Boeing as part of an order for 61 Boeing 737 Max aircraft.