Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has started a European route-proving exercise for it CSeries CS100 airliner. The month-long program is underway with a dedicated CS100 route-proving aircraft operated by Bombardier and destined for launch operator Swiss International Air Lines’ base in Zurich, Switzerland.
The route-proving exercises are scheduled to include main European cities such a Brussels, Vienna and Warsaw. The European route-proving program is being conducted as the Swiss airline readies for the CS100 aircraft’s entry-into-service . The company’s first CS100 aircraft is scheduled to be delivered by Bombardier in mid 2016.
The European route-proving program follows one conducted last year across North America that included more than 35 cities. The CS100 aircraft will conduct route-proving flights using typical airline flight routings and operational procedures. The flights give a good indication of how the CSeries performs in a typical airline schedule to and from different airports. Airfield performance, landings, airport turnarounds and on-ground operations are some of the important characteristics that will be observed.
Also, the last of eight flight test vehicles – the second CS300 aircraft – successfully entered the flight test program in Mirabel, Québec last week.
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Featured image: A CS100 takes off. (Image © Bombardier)