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> Also I believe Airbus's network for sales was also considered significant by Bombardier

Absolutely, there is a reason why it got renamed to A220 instantly. In passenger planes Airbus/Boeing is like the "nobody got fired for buying IBM/Microsoft" of the IT world.

Also, their potential customers are much more likely to already have Airbus planes, so with that change you don't need another suppliers for parts and maintenance etc ... It's the same vendor.

Boeing does not make a plane small enough to compete with the A220, really.

The A220 competes with the ERJ-175/190 series. An A319 carries slightly more passengers than the largest A220, and the smallest 737NG carries 30-50 more passengers.

Boeing has never competed in the small regional jet market, and their recent attempt at a partnership with Embraer is their response to the A220.

Boeing produced the 717 until 2006, which would have directly competed with small regional jets

Yes, this is true, but the 717 was acquired from McDonnell Douglas as the MD-95, so it wasn't an organic design.

Their ending of production is another indication that they aren't interested in the market.

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