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A pilot scans instruments in the demonstration cabin of a Bombardier C Series aircraft.
A pilot scans instruments in the demonstration cabin of a Bombardier C Series aircraft.
(Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

Bombardier gives up its lead in new-jet marathon

Bombardier Inc. defends its substantial delay of the C Series’ entry-into-service date by saying that it wants to take the time to get things right. But in this highly competitive commercial airliner segment, timing is a crucial part of getting things right – by letting its crucial head start on competitors melt away Bombardier has thrown the door open to competitors who already had a leg up on the C Series in the first place.