MIAMI — With the first aircraft of its long-waited CSeries scheduled to enter service in the second quarter of this year, Bombardier announced the ramp up of the program to full production.

“It’s truly a spectacular sight to see the C Series final assembly line fully stacked with production aircraft in various stages of assembly.” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

According to the company, production teams have already rolled out the first structurally-complete aircraft, which will enter service with SWISS. Meanwhile, the first pilots of the carrier have arrived at Mirabel to start their training in preparation for the aircraft’s launch.

“I also had the pleasure of welcoming the first set of SWISS crews to Mirabel as they start their pilot training in anticipation of the European CS100 aircraft route-proving program. The program will be operated from SWISS’ own base in Zurich, Switzerland – yet another way we are ensuring a flawless entry-into-service (EIS) alongside our first operator.” Cromer said.

Last December, Bombardier announced that the CS100 aircraft had received its Type Certificate from Transport Canada. The larger model, named CS300, is on track to obtain its Type Certificate within the next six months as planned.

As the delivery date approaches, all eyes will be on the airliner’s performance and how Bombardier’s production, which should be free of the missteps that derailed its development program, causing lengthy delays and cost overruns.

To date, the CSeries program has reaped 243 firm orders, and the company and its investors expect to secure more as entry into service approaches.