Bombardier announced on Wednesday 14 October that its CS100 aircraft has completed over 90 per cent of the certification program. The company also confirmed that production ramp-up is underway, including the first aircraft for launch customer Swiss. The message comes after last week’s news of unsuccessful talks between Bombardier and Airbus.
Bombardier says the CS100 is now in the final stage of flight tests, which will include a few weeks of function and reliability tests. The flights are to be conducted using typical airline flight routings plus operational procedures, and will include about 15 representative airports in Canada and 20 in the US.
Recently, Bombardier announced it had completed all noise performance testing and data is said to confirm it is the quietest in-production commercial jet in its class. The CS100 and CS300 saw their international airshow debut earlier this year in Paris.
The program remains troubled however, since development was severly delayed and orders fall behind. Airbus last week confirmed it had been in talks with Bombardier, but these talks – presumably about cooperation on the marketing and development front – remained just that; talks. To bring the CSeries back on track, Bombardier may also very well look in China for potential partners.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): Bombardier CS100 Flight Test Vehicle-5 in Swiss livery (Image © Bombardier)