Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Bombardier CS100 on track for Q2 maiden delivery

Bombardier announced today that the C Series aircraft program is making excellent progress as the CS100 aircraft readies for delivery and entry-into-service (EIS) with launch operator Swiss International Air Lines (“SWISS”) in Q2 2016.

The first aircraft for SWISS has achieved powering on’ – meaning electricity and systems ran for the first time on the aircraft, and maiden flight will be carried out in the coming months.

The SWISS team had completed its initial phase of training on-site for pilots, ground and maintenance crews, according to Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Additionally, the stretched CS300 aircraft has completed over 70 per cent of its certification activities to date and is on target for full certification approximately in mid-year 2016, followed by its planned EIS in the second half of 2016 with Air Baltic of Latvia.

“Additionally, components arrived this month and the first CS300 aircraft for launch customer airBaltic is now in production. It’s great to know we’re pacing well to meet our program and customer targets for the year,” said Mr. Cromer.

Bombardier is currently preparing the second CS300 flight test vehicle equipped with a full interior for its first flight.

In December 2015, Bombardier announced that the CS100 aircraft had received its Type Certificate from Transport Canada. Bombardier’s CS300 aircraft, the larger model, is on track to obtain its Type Certificate approximately in mid-year 2016, followed by EIS in the second half of 2016 as planned.

The 100 per cent clean sheet design of CSeries family which consist the CS100 and CS300 caters to the 100-150 seat market and offers operators up to US $13 million extra value per aircraft.

The C Series aircraft's maximum range has also been confirmed to be up to 3,300 NM (6,112 km), some 350 NM (648 km) more than originally targeted.

Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 603 C Series aircraft, which include firm orders for 243.