LONDON — Bombardier announced at the Farnborough Airshow that its CS300 airplane has been awarded the Type Certification by Transport Canada.
The approval from Canada’s aviation regulator (its equivalent to the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA]) follows the Type Certification for the smaller CS100 variant in Bombardier’s CSeries family of aircraft last December.
As is common practice amongst developed nations, winning sign off from an aviation regulator in one Western nation is usually a precursor for near-automatic validation by others.
That process occurred for the CS100, with both the FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) signing off in short order after Transport Canada. A similarly brief validation process is expected for the CS300 from the FAA and EASA in the coming weeks.
For Bombardier, the CS300’s type certification marks one of the final milestones before the full program (both variants) is operational and is the culmination of an eight year odyssey that was fraught with technical challenges and the persistent risk of bankruptcy hanging overhead. Perhaps accordingly, Bombardier executives struck a jubilant tone when discussing the milestone.
“The Certification from Transport Canada has come just on time for deliveries to airBaltic, and in the next 30 days we will receive the certification from EASA and the FAA” said Robert Dewar, Vice President, CSeries Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
The smaller CS100 is scheduled to enter into revenue service (EIS) later this week on July 15, 2016 with SWISS while delivery of the first CS300 is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016 with launch customer airBaltic. The Riga-based low-cost carrier (LCC) and Latvian flag carrier has 20 CS300s on order.
“We selected the CS300 four years ago at the 2012 Farnborough Airshow. With our record profits obtained this year, we will be investing to replace all our jet fleet with the CS300.” Said Martin Gauss, airBaltic CEO/
“I cannot tell you how I felt when I saw SWISS taking delivery of the first CS100. Hopefully, we will experience the same once we take delivery of ours in October. It will be part of our successful story” Gauss said.
airBaltic will receive six CS300 this year, and the rest of the aircraft by 2019. By then, the airline will boast not only the youngest fleet in Europe, but also an all-Bombardier fleet, comprising the CSeries and the Q400 currently in service.
“Everything will be better with this aircraft. Can’t wait to see all passengers giving feedback when flying the CSeries.” Gauss said.
Dewar also commented that the flight test program was concluded, confirming that the range of the CS100 was improved by 150 nm (278 km), while the CS300 has improved a 20% extra range to 2,400 miles (3,860 km), enabling airBaltic to operate non-stop from Riga to Abu Dhabi.
“The CS300 aircraft certification process was very straightforward because of the over 99 per cent commonality with the CS100 model,” said Dewar. “The CSeries flight test program covered more than 5,000 hours.”
“Obtaining the CS300 Type Certification is another validation of the sustained efforts deployed by Bombardier employees and our many valued suppliers,” said François Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer and Head of Bombardier’s Design Approval Organization. “Their contributions have ensured that we have all-new, best-in-class aircraft.”
Both SWISS and airBaltic have recently signed up for the airframer’s Smart Parts program, intended to provide Component Management Solutions in support of their CSeries fleet. “We have opened a state-of-the-art customer respnse center 24/7, to offer support to our customer now that SWISS CSeries is about to enter into service.” Said Todd Young, Vice President & General Manager, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Customer Services.
“This aircraft is a game changer. And everything will change.” Young said.