Certification tests 80% complete for Bombardier C Series aircraft

C Series will make its Toronto debut with a visit to Bombardier’s facility in September.

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Bombardier (Montrèal, Quebec, Canada) announced that its all-new CS100 has performed over 80% of the required certification tests with more than 2,250 flight test hours to date. The C Series aircraft is currently undergoing noise performance testing and is expected to meet those targets, making it reportedly the quietest commercial jet in production. Bombardier also confirmed that one of the C Series aircraft’s demonstration stops in September will be at its Bombardier Toronto site where many employees will see the aircraft fly for the first time.

“The summer months are proving very productive for the C Series aircraft as the flight test program continues to make solid progress – even setting a record with six test aircraft flying on the same day, logging in excess of a combined 20 hours,” said Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Passengers also flew onboard the CS100 for the first time as part of the cabin testing program and their feedback was very complimentary. The C Series continues to impress and is on track to achieving certification later this year and we continue to work with first operator SWISS as it readies for entry-into-service in the first half of 2016.”

Earlier in the summer, Bombardier announced that the C Series aircraft’s maximum range is confirmed to be up to 3,300 NM (6,112 km), some 350 NM (648 km) more than originally targeted. The aircraft is delivering more than a 20% fuel burn advantage compared to in-production aircraft, and a greater than 10% advantage compared to future re-engined aircraft.

The C Series is undergoing testing to confirm aircraft’s community noise level is up to 20 EPNdB below the Federal Aviation Authority’s Stage 4 limit, making it ideal for city center operations.

The C Series family of aircraft, representing the fusion of performance and technology, is a 100% all-new design that offers operators potential savings of between $7.5 to 12 million per aircraft.

The CS100 and CS300 aircraft have more than 95% parts commonality, as well as the same type rating. The Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engine, combined with advanced aerodynamics, delivers reduced fuel burn, noise and emissions and increases the aircraft’s environmental and social compatibility. By focusing on the 100- to 150-seat market segment, Bombardier has designed the C Series aircraft to deliver an economic advantage to operators. It also opens up new opportunities for single-aisle aircraft operations.

Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 603 C Series aircraft, which include firm orders for 243.