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Bombardier to deliver a handful of Global 7500 jets in first half of 2019

MONTREAL, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Canadian train-and-plane maker Bombardier will deliver a handful of its new flagship Global 7500 business jet to customers during the first half of 2019, with the remaining 10-15 deliveries expected during the back half of the year, chief financial officer John Di Bert told an investor conference on Wednesday.

The company has forecast 15 to 20 deliveries of the long-range planes, which cost $73 million at list prices, in 2019. Deliveries are expected to rise to 35 to 40 aircraft in 2020. (Reporting By Allison Lampert)