Bombardier’s CSeries back in the air

CSeries flight test vehicle two (FTV2)
CSeries flight test vehicle two (FTV2) (© Bombardier Aircraft)

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft confirmed that the CSeries aircraft resumed flight testing with flight test vehicle two (FTV2) taking flight on Sunday (Sept 7th) at Bombardier’s facility in Mirabel, Québec.

The flight follows an in-depth review and analysis of the engine-related incident that occurred during stationary ground maintenance testing involving CSeries aircraft FTV1 on May 29 at the Mirabel facility. Pratt and Whitney alongside Bombardier, has taken appropriate measures to address the issue, including the modification of the engine’s oil lubrication system.

“We are pleased to see the CSeries aircraft back in the air. The geared turbofan (GTF) engine has over 10,000 hours of ground and flight testing and we’re confident that it will enter into service meeting or exceeding the fuel burn, emissions, thrust and noise specifications, as promised by Pratt & Whitney,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, CSeries Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

The CSeries aircraft’s entry-into-service remains on track for the second half of 2015.

CSeries aircraft

The CSeries aircraft is specifically designed for the 100- to 149-seat, single-aisle market. Benefitting from a clean-sheet design that includes leading-edge technology and systems integration, advanced materials and latest-generation aerodynamics, the CSeries aircraft offer a 15 per cent cash operating cost advantage, a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage, exceptional operational flexibility, widebody comfort and an unmatched environmental and noise footprint.

The CS100 aircraft offers unmatched flexibility for many airline business models and is an ideal solution for hot-and-high and city-centre airport operations.

The CS300 aircraft offers the best seat-mile cost in its category, making it the most profitable solution for mid-sized markets with up to 150 passengers per flight, and ideal for a range of routes from short-haul to longer transcontinental markets. With the extra capacity seating option, which provides up to 160 seats, the CS300 aircraft’s productivity further improves – offering airlines an average of four per cent additional cash operating cost advantage per seat.

Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 513 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 203 CSeries airliners. One of the customers is the Lufthansa Group. The german company ordered CSeries for their swiss subsidiary Swiss Air Lines. There the new twin jets should replace the old Avro-Jets.

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