MIAMI — Bombardier has confirmed today that the CSeries (CS100) aircraft has completed the program’s overall testing, marking the end of a turbulent 26-month phase of flight trials. Concurrently, the manufacturer is readying the submission of the remaining Type Certificate documentation for Transport Canada approval, prior to start the deliveries to its customers.
“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.”
Much hard work lies ahead though. Bombardier has the challenge to prove that it can build the CSeries without the missteps that derailed its development program, which caused massive delays and cost overruns.
Completing the testing campaign of the CS100, the first version to enter into service with Swiss International Air Lines, is a major milestone for Bombardier, as it is looking for to level the competitive regional jet aircraft market, dominated by Embraer, and with new incomers such as SuperJet International and Mitsubishi Aircraft.
After reaching parity with Embraer in the 70 – 100 seat market with its CRJ product line, Bombardier placed a major bet on the CSeries to do the same in the 110-130 seat segment. So far, booking orders stands at 243 for both CS100 (53 aircraft) and the larger CS300 variant (190 units).