Canada has issued a Transport Canada Type Certification to Bombardier’s new CS100 CSeries aircraft, the company reported on Friday 18 December.
The certification is the result of a comprehensive and rigorous testing program, which included more than 3,000 flight test hours and the validation of thousands of test results. The result paves the way for the delivery and entry into service of the CS100 with first launch customer SWISS in the first half of 2016.
Certification is the second major scoop for Bombardier and its CSeries, following the type’s international trade show debut during the Paris Air Show in June. Both follow a development and test phase that was marked by delays. Also, the CS100 is falling behind in sales, with Bombardier to no avail trying to get Airbus involved on the program.
The Canadians are now reportedly looking for a business partner in China, and have also asked the Canadian government for a cash injection. Meanwhile, certification for the larger CS300 is expected within the next six months.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest