When Lufthansa placed the launch order for the Bombardier CSeries at the 2008 Farnborough International Airshow, the airline was sending a message: What we have today is no longer good enough. Seven years later, not only is the CSeries in the middle of its flight-test program, but so is the Airbus A320neo—one of the two aircraft launched in response. The CSeries sparked the era of the reengined derivative that is unfolding in the narrowbody segment and now includes ...

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