UPDATE 1-Bombardier faces discount headache as CSeries sales take off

sábado 4 de junio de 2016 07:45 GYT

* Bombardier woos new CSeries buyers at key airline meetings

* Accounting charge sheds rare light on aircraft pricing

* Bombardier CEO says CSeries re-launched and 'here to stay' (Adds comments by Lufthansa CEO, background)

By Tim Hepher and Victoria Bryan

DUBLIN/ZURICH, June 4 (Reuters) - Bombardier is stepping up efforts to woo the airline industry with its more efficient new CSeries jet, hoping to win new orders without falling under the spell of prolonged discounting on price.

The Canadian planemaker flew top executives to a meeting of international airlines in Dublin this week, where it sought to build on a much-needed order from Delta Air Lines, and on Friday then flew the heads of Star Alliance member airlines from Dublin to Zurich.

"We are in a good place today. We have the contracts ready for you as you exit the plane," Chief Executive Alain Bellemare joked to the 28 top airline executives on board the 110-seat aircaft.

While the cash-squeezed project was saved from a near-death experience with Delta's discounted order, Bombardier's rivals and others in the industry predict it will remain on the rack a while longer as others demand equal bargains.

"I want the best deal, better than Delta," said Tewolde Gebremariam, chief executive of Star Alliance member Ethiopian Airlines.   Continuación...