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Bombardier continues to eye larger aircraft.(Regional News)

Bombardier continues to evaluate the market for a new family of jets in the 110/135seat range that would compete against the lower end of the Airbus and Boeing offerings. A decision on whether to go forward with the $2 billion development program could come by the beginning of 2005, according to company officials. The move would be a giant leap forward for the manufacturer that launched the first regional jet more than a decade ago, but it sees a viable market for an aircraft of this size that could begin replacing aging MD-80s, F100s and 737 Classics by 2010.

"First of all, we are looking at a family of airplanes, not just one in particular," President-New Commercial Aircraft Program Gary Scott told ATW. …

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