“Aerospace is driven by innovation” is a timeworn slogan used by industry executives and enthusiasts. Yet there hasn’t been a clean-sheet aircraft in the single-aisle segment for 28 years. To an outsider, this would seem odd—particularly as single-aisles comprise 70% of mainline jetliner production. Bombardier corrected that anomaly this month when the C Series entered service with Swiss International Air Lines. After flying in the C Series and digging ...

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