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In pictures: Bombardier's big plans for a small jet

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At the Paris Air Show, Bombardier announced a new U.K. airline has ordered 10 of its smaller CSeries plane, the CS100. The order is valued at $628-million (U.S.) Here, the CS100 is unveiled at the company's production facility in Quebec in March.

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The British startup Odyssey Airlines will fly the jets out of London’s City Airport.

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The $3.4-billion C Series program is Bombardier’s big bet to move beyond its established regional-jet base and corporate-jet market.

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The narrow-body CSeries, aimed at a gap in the market, offers a lightweight carbon-composite frame like Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner, and new, fuel-saving Pratt & Whitney engines.

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Bombardier has booked 177 firm orders for the jet, which seats 100 to 149 passengers. The manufacturer is aiming for 300 firm orders worth $19-billion by the time the narrow-body enters service in mid-2014.

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Canada’s Porter Airlines is among the airlines who have placed orders for the so-called “whisper jet,” which it hopes to fly out of the island airport in Toronto’s downtown.

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Bombardier insists that the C Series’ fuel efficiency and lower operating costs and clean-sheet design make it a more attractive plane than its competitors.

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Bombardier and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd. have agreed to co-operate as they develop planes that will take on the industry’s giants, Airbus and Boeing, which dominate sales of narrow-bodied aircraft. China is seen as a major growth market for the industry.

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