Bombardier Celebrates the Completion of its CS100 Aircraft's Certification Flight Test Program

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the CS100 aircraft has completed its certification flight testing, subject to Transport Canada’s final review and acceptance. Concurrently, Bombardier is finalizing the submission of the remaining Type Certificate documentation for Transport Canada approval.

“We are executing to plan and are in the final stage before obtaining the CS100 Type Certificate from Transport Canada,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “I heartily congratulate the many employees, suppliers and customers that have worked together to bring us all to this important milestone.”

“The completion of the CS100 aircraft’s flight test program and the aircraft’s pending certification by Transport Canada fill us with a great deal of satisfaction and pride,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “It is also very gratifying to see the CS100 aircraft conducting its route proving exercises and touching down at airports across Canada and in the U.S. We have already started to see increased excitement and interest in many communities as our all-new C Series aircraft – the first new aircraft produced for the 100- to 150-seat segment in the last three decades – prepares to enter service with SWISS in the first half of 2016.”

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Since starting route proving, on November 7, 2015, the CS100 aircraft has made stops in Mirabel, QC; Toronto, ON; Montréal, QC; Windsor, ON; Thunder Bay, ON; Moncton, NB; Halifax, NS; St-John’s, NL; Calgary, AB; and Regina, SK. In the U.S., the aircraft has visited Denver, CO; Wichita, KS; Boise, ID; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; New Orleans, LA; Nashville, TN; Seattle, WA and Raleigh/Durham, NC. The route-proving flights, which are being conducted using typical airline flight routings and operational procedures, are scheduled to include approximately 15 city pairs in Canada and 20 in the U.S, before moving on to Europe.

About C Series Aircraft
The C Series family of aircraft, representing the fusion of performance and technology, is a 100 per cent all-new design that offers operators potential savings of between US$ 7.5 to 12 million per aircraft.

By focusing on the 100- to 150-seat market segment, Bombardier has designed the C Series aircraft to deliver unparalleled economic advantage to operators and to open up new opportunities for single-aisle aircraft operations.

All noise performance testing on the CS100 aircraft has been completed and data confirms it is the quietest in-production commercial jet in its class. The aircraft’s noise performance and its outstanding short-field capability make it ideal for varied types of operations. 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.

The aircraft is delivering more than a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage compared to in-production aircraft, and a greater than 10 per cent advantage compared to re-engined aircraft. The C Series aircraft will also emit 50 per cent fewer NOX emissions than the CAEP 6* NOX emission standards.

In addition to delivering best-in-class economics with the C Series aircraft, Bombardier has placed considerable emphasis on cabin design to ensure an excellent passenger experience. The C Series aircraft’s larger seats, overhead bins and windows create a widebody feel that offers passengers unparalleled comfort.

The CS100 and CS300 aircraft have over 95 per cent parts commonality, as well as the same type rating. The groundbreaking Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1500G engine, combined with advanced aerodynamics, delivers reduced fuel burn, noise and emissions, increasing the aircraft’s environmental and social compatibility.

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

Source: Bombardier Aerospace
Date: Nov 17, 2015