The Bombardier C Series aircraft program recorded its longest flight on Friday, when the fifth flight test vehicle (FTV5) returned to its Mirabel, Québec base following its demo in Zurich with launch operator, SWISS Airlines.
The non-stop, transatlantic trip, which covered 3,350 nautical miles (6,204 km) was completed with an air time of approximately 8.4 hours.
Travelling westbound from Zurich Airport to Montréal–Mirabel International Airport, the CS100 aircraft reached an altitude of 40,000 feet (12,192 metres) during the flight. Capt. Mark Elliot was pilot-in-command, and was ably assisted by First Officer, Esteban Arias and flight test engineer, Nicolas Tamestit.
“We’re thrilled with the C Series aircraft’s performance today, which is exceptional for a single-aisle aircraft,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “This flight once again demonstrates the CS100 aircraft’s excellent range and fuel burn performance.”
During the Paris Air Show, Bombardier has announced increased performance of CSeries achieved during flight testing, including in payload, range and fuel burn.