Bombardier has reaffirmed its intention to achieve the first flight of its new CSeries airliner next month, with complete airframe static tests (CAST) on track to establish that flight testing can commence safely.
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Latvia’s Air Baltic has agreed to become the launch customer for a high-density version of the Bombardier CSeries CS300 capable of carrying 160 seats, Bombardier announced Thursday during an official unveiling of the airplane’s first flight test vehicle (FTV1) at its factory in Mirabel, Quebec.
In late October Bombardier delivered the first of two 75-seat CRJ900s ordered by RwandAir of Kigali, Rwanda. The airline signed the firm order and took options on another two airplanes in March.
Bombardier handed over the ceremonial keys to RwandAir’s dual-class CRJ900 during an event at the manufacturer’s CRJ assembly plant in Mirabel, Québec. Government officials and company executives present for the ceremony included H.E. Edda Mukabagwiza, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Canada; John Mirenge, CEO of RwandAir; and Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Bombardier delivered the first of six CRJ1000 regional jets ordered by Asia-Pacific launch customer Garuda Indonesia during an October handover ceremony at the manufacturer’s plant in Mirabel, Quebec. The Indonesian flag carrier also plans to fly 12 more CRJ1000s through a third-party lease agreement and holds options on 18 more aircraft of the same type.
Bombardier Aerospace has started conducting so-called virtual flights with CSeries “Aircraft 0”—the on-the-ground Integrated Systems Test and Certification Rig (ISTCR) based in Mirabel, Quebec, the company announced today.
Bombardier plans to begin full integrated testing of what it calls CSeries “Aircraft 0” at its Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (Ciasta) in Mirabel, Quebec, this month, ahead of the December target for first flight of the program’s first flying prototype. Speaking during the company’s second-quarter earnings briefing last week, Bombardier president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin reported that progress toward fully integrated testing of all the CSeries systems has proceeded as expected, and that all program milestones remain intact.
Aircraft builders often construct mockups for marketing purposes. This life-size mockup of the Bombardier CSeries 100 has an entirely different purpose–one that is critical to the new single-aisle airliner meeting its entry-into-service deadline, planned for the end of 2013.
Bombardier has begun the first set of systems tests and simulations for the C Series airliner in its systems integration rig, known also as the Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (Ciasta) or “Aircraft 0,” the company announced Wednesday.
On an unused corner of James A. Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a massive structure has emerged, the newest test cell in GE Aviation’s stable.