Bombardier resumed test flights with its prototype CSeries aircraft, when Flight Test Vehicle Two (FTV2) took off from Bombardier’s factory field of Mirabel, Québec, Canada on 7 September 2014.
The flight followed an in-depth review and analysis of the engine-related failure that occurred during stationary ground maintenance testing involving CSeries aircraft FTV1 on 29 May at the Mirabel facility. Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney worked together with Bombardier to fix the issue, which included modification of the engine’s oil lubrication system.
Despite the delay in the test flights, Bombardier says the aircraft’s entry-into-service is unchanged, it will be the second half of 2015.
The CSeries aircraft is a new designed concept especially for the 100- to 149-seat, single-aisle market. The aircraft will use newer technologies and aim for a 20 percent less fuel burn and a 15 percent better operating costs compared to similar aircraft, while offering comfort normally known from wide-body aircraft.
Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 513 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 203 CSeries airliners.