* Says will meet 63-month timetable
* “Many” airlines interested in narrowbody plane
VANCOUVER, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) is on schedule with the development of its C-Series jet and expects to have new orders soon, Chief Executive Pierre Beaudoin said on Tuesday.
“We are on schedule... We know we can do it in 63 months,” Beaudoin told Canada’s BNN television.
Bombardier is set to enter the narrowbody jetliner market in 2013 with its all-new 110- to 145-seat C-Series.
The Montreal-based company has previously said it has 90 firm orders for the planes and options for 90 more.
“There are many conversations going on, many airlines are interested... Shortly, we should have new orders,” Beaudoin said.
Bombardier’s stock was up 7 Canadian cents, or 1.2 percent, at C$5.74 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday afternoon.
$1=$0.99 Canadian Reporting by Nicole Mordant; editing by Rob Wilson