Rebuffing descriptions of the CSeries’ sales performance as “sluggish,” Bombardier says it welcomes comparisons between its airplane and those that Boeing and Airbus offer in the 100- to 149-seat market segment. In a recent market analysis, the Canadian airframe maker cites firm order figures for the CSeries of 201 aircraft from 18 customers, compared with 47 from three customers for the Airbus A319neo, 55 from two customers for the Boeing 737-7 Max, and 100 from two customers for the Embraer E190/195 E2.
Montréal-Mirabel International Airport
The Bombardier CSeries took to the air for the first time on September 16 from Montreal Mirabel Airport, marking the start of a planned year-long flight-test program involving five CS100 prototypes.
The aircraft took off at about 10 a.m. on a brisk, crystal-clear day in Mirabel following a week of less-than-ideal weather conditions for flying. The milestone comes some eight-and-a-half months after the date specified by the original program schedule and follows two more recent missed targets, one at the end of June and the other at the end of July.
A pair of first flights last week carried big stakes for each of the respective airplanes’ North American airframe makers. But while the maiden mission of the Boeing 787-9 meant a return to “business as usual” in Everett, Washington, the first flight of the Bombardier CSeries outside Montreal, in Mirabel, Quebec, marked the climax of a project on which the Canadian company has bet its future.
The Bombardier CSeries took to the air for the first time Monday morning from Montreal’s Mirabel Airport at around 9:55 a.m. local time, marking the start of a planned year-long flight test program involving five CS100 prototypes.
Bombardier has reaffirmed its intention to achieve the first flight of its new CSeries airliner next month, with complete airframe static tests (CAST) on track to establish that flight testing can commence safely.
Latvia’s Air Baltic has agreed to become the launch customer for a high-density version of the Bombardier CSeries CS300 capable of carrying 160 seats, Bombardier announced Thursday during an official unveiling of the airplane’s first flight test vehicle (FTV1) at its factory in Mirabel, Quebec.
In late October Bombardier delivered the first of two 75-seat CRJ900s ordered by RwandAir of Kigali, Rwanda. The airline signed the firm order and took options on another two airplanes in March.
Bombardier handed over the ceremonial keys to RwandAir’s dual-class CRJ900 during an event at the manufacturer’s CRJ assembly plant in Mirabel, Québec. Government officials and company executives present for the ceremony included H.E. Edda Mukabagwiza, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Canada; John Mirenge, CEO of RwandAir; and Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Bombardier delivered the first of six CRJ1000 regional jets ordered by Asia-Pacific launch customer Garuda Indonesia during an October handover ceremony at the manufacturer’s plant in Mirabel, Quebec. The Indonesian flag carrier also plans to fly 12 more CRJ1000s through a third-party lease agreement and holds options on 18 more aircraft of the same type.
Bombardier Aerospace has started conducting so-called virtual flights with CSeries “Aircraft 0”—the on-the-ground Integrated Systems Test and Certification Rig (ISTCR) based in Mirabel, Quebec, the company announced today.
Bombardier plans to begin full integrated testing of what it calls CSeries “Aircraft 0” at its Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (Ciasta) in Mirabel, Quebec, this month, ahead of the December target for first flight of the program’s first flying prototype. Speaking during the company’s second-quarter earnings briefing last week, Bombardier president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin reported that progress toward fully integrated testing of all the CSeries systems has proceeded as expected, and that all program milestones remain intact.
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