When John Leahy was given a tour of the C Series at the 2015 Paris Air Show, even the brash Airbus sales chief was fairly complimentary of his competition. “It is a nice little airplane,” Leahy said at the time. Nice and little, as in: “Not bad, but I really could not care less.” Fast forward two years, and the “nice little airplane” is now the catalyst transforming the market for commercial aircraft, both mainline and regional. For years, four ...

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