Bombardier Aerospace now has 513 orders and commitments for the CSeries. The company announced further deals for five aircraft from an unidentified customer in Africa, the first planning to operate on the continent. An existing CSeries client added seven CS300 to its order and secured purchase rights for an additional six aircraft. Bombardier also did not identify the airline. The manufacturer now has commitments for 513 aircraft, 203 of which are firm orders.

The CSeries is not at the Farnborough Air Show this week because the test fleet continues to be grounded following a May 29 uncontained engine failure on one of the PW1500G engines on FTV-1, the first test aircraft. According to Bombardier Aerospace President Mike Arcamone, the company expects to return the aircraft to flight testing “in the coming weeks.” Pratt & Whitney has done extensive briefings with customers to reassure them the issue is under control.

Even John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers John Leahy, who usually is one of the fiercest CSeries critics, says that the engine issue will not be a major issue for the aircraft (and similarly not for the A320neo). He believes the fact that the CSeries is not in Farnborough will not hurt sales. “Bombardier is finding out that maybe the market segment is not as big as they thought,” he said.

Bombardier reached deals for an additional 66 CSeries at the Farnborough Air Show.