The Bombardier CS300 (Image © Bombardier)

First flight for Bombardier CS300

After a 24 hour postponement due to serious Canadian winter weather, Bombardier’s new CS300 took to the air for the first time on Friday 27 February. The aircraft lifted off from Mirabel airport, Québec, around 10.30 am local time on Friday morning. Follow it live here.

The aircraft is expected to perform a series of handling and system calibration tests, at a wide range of altitudes and speeds. The CS300’s first flight comes roughly one-and-a-half years after its smaller sister CS100 took to the skies. Both jets are totally new and, with 1,000 flight hours already made with the CS100 prototypes, their future looks promising.

The CS100 and CS300 are designed to accommodate between 100 and 150 passengers, or fly as a fancy business jet, with less operating costs and less fuel burn than similar aircraft. Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 563 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 243 CSeries airliners.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): The Bombardier CS300 prototype that first flew today. (Image © Bombardier)