Engine Approval and Orders Boost CSeries Program

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February 21, 2013, 9:17 AM

Transport Canada has granted type certification for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW1500G engine that will power Bombardier’s new CSeries narrowbody airliner. The engine maker has conducted more than 4,000 hours of tests on what is set to be the first operational member of its PurePower Geared Turbofan family.

“Certification of the PW1500G engine is a significant milestone and a critical step in supporting the progressive transfer of the first CSeries flight test vehicle to the flight-test program,” said Bombardier’s CSeries vice president and general manager Rob Dewar. “We are very pleased with the engine’s performance and the overall, steady progress of the CSeries aircraft program. We have met a number of key milestones over the last few months, accepted the first pair of PW1500G propulsion systems and are in the process of completing final assembly of the first CSeries test aircraft.”

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Bombardier has been avoiding comment on whether it can still achieve planned certification of the first 110-seat CS100 member of the CSeries product line by year-end, as planned. It may comment further on this issue during a financial results briefing today.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Ilyushin Finance Co. has firmed up an agreement for 32 of the larger CS300s and options for 10 CS100s. It signed a provisional commitment at the Farnborough airshow in July 2012. The total value of the deal is worth up to $3.42 billion, including options.

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