Bombardier announced on November 17 that it has completed certification flight testing for the CS100. A full review will be conducted by Transport Canada before official certification can be given to the new passenger jet. The CS100 and higher-capacity CS300 cover seating capacities from 100-149 in the single-aisle market.
The C Series program, which has had multiple delays and cost overruns, recently got a boost in October when the Quebec government announced a C$1bn (US$750m) investment to help Bombardier take the aircraft into production.
Swiss International Air Lines is slated to inaugurate service with the CS100 in 2016. Right now a CS100 test aircraft is being used in simulated airline operations in the USA and Canada and will be transferring to Europe to continue route-proofing trials, said Bombardier.
Certification of the larger CS300 will follow six months behind the CS100.
November 20, 2015
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