The pair of CRJ1000s participating in the program’s flight-test program remain grounded as Bombardier engineers continue to work on a solution to the software “glitch” that led to a halt in flight testing in September. “The Bombardier CRJ1000 team is entirely focused on the software glitch and additional testing of the rudder CBW (command by wire) system,” a Bombardier spokesman told AIN.
Bombardier’s CRJ1000 program now appears unlikely to receive Canadian and EASA certification before the second half of this year–a delay of at least another three months–after a second software “glitch” grounded all test flying in September, Bombardier Aerospace COO Guy Hachey said last month during the company’s third-quarter earnings call.
Bombardier’s CRJ1000 ap-peared on track for certification soon after this week’s Dubai Air Show until the company announced a few months ago that a software glitch would force it to delay approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) until the first quarter of its next fiscal year, starting February 1.
The fortunes of Bombardier Aerospace’s regional jet business received a considerable boost last month when American Airlines announced the signing of a letter of intent covering the conversion of an option for 22 CRJ700s.
The fortunes of Bombardier Aerospace’s regional jet business received a considerable boost today as American Airlines announced the signing of a letter of intent for 22 CRJ700s.
Bombardier Aerospace has lost its firm order for 15 CRJ1000s from MyAir after Italy grounded the airline and suspended its license to fly on July 24. The Italian civil aviation authority said months of financial troubles had made MyAir’s services unreliable and that it would not allow it to resume operations until it presents a viable financial plan.
Bombardier’s CRJ1000 prototype took to the air for the first time early last month, marking the successful start of a flight-test regime expected to last until the fourth quarter of next year. Test pilots Jacques Thibaudeau and Chuck Ellis and flight test engineer Eugene Lardizabal took off at 10:02 a.m. EDT and flew CRJ1000 S/N 19991 for three hours and 25 minutes.
Bombardier’s sole CRJ1000 prototype took to the air for the first time today, marking the successful start of a flight-test regime expected to last until the fourth quarter of next year. Test pilots Jacques Thibaudeau and Chuck Ellis and flight-test engineer Eugene Lardizabal took off at 10:02 a.m. EDT and flew CRJ1000 S/N 19991 for three hours and 25 minutes. The aircraft reached an altitude of 30,000 feet and a maximum speed of 260 knots.
The FAA awarded Bombardier’s 86-seat CRJ900 regional jet its U.S. type certificate on November 14, ostensibly paving the way for first delivery to Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group in April. Launch airline Mesa plans to fly the airplanes as America West Express under the auspices of Freedom Airlines, a new non-union subsidiary that launched CRJ700 services from Phoenix to Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., on October 26.
The low-fare character of regional air transport in much of Britain is spreading south as Air France regional subsidiaries prepare to react to the expected incursion of cut-rate airlines onto the domestic market and launch customers gear up for the arrival of newly ordered, 100-seat Bombardier CRJ1000s.