UPDATE 1-Bombardier not studying bigger version of CSeries jet - sources

Wed May 4, 2016 5:39pm EDT
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By Allison Lampert and Tim Hepher

MONTREAL/PARIS May 4 (Reuters) - Canada's Bombardier is not looking at building a bigger version of its CSeries jetliner, three people close to the company said on Wednesday.

There has been persistent analyst and media speculation that Bombardier would add a third member of its slow-selling 108-130-seat jet family to compete with best-selling Airbus and Boeing models that carry at least 150 people.

But despite earlier suggestions that Bombardier could enlarge its new jet to boost sales, the so-called 'CS500' version, which could cost up to $750 million to develop, is not being considered, the people said.

"It is not on the table," one said, asking not to be identified.

Bombardier last week scored a much-needed sale of 75 CS100 CSeries models to Delta Air Lines.

Delta's new chief executive said it was potentially interested in anything larger that Bombardier could produce.

Although Bombardier has toyed with the idea of building a bigger plane in the past, now is not the right time to consider breaking into the cut-throat 150-seat category as it tries to build on Delta's backing of its existing model, the people said.   Continued...