Bombardier pushes CSeries entry into service to early 2016

After a May 2014 engine fire, the composites-intensive CSeries was grounded and delayed to late 2015, but now is expected in early 2016.

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Bombardier Inc. (Montréal, QC, Canada) reported at its March 27 shareholder meeting that its composites-intensive CSeries jetliner's entry into service has been delayed again, from late 2015 to early 2016.

Bombardier officials said that Canadian certification of the plane should come in late 2015, followed by entry into service in 2016. The company had esimated in September 2014 and again in early 2015 that entry into service would be late 2015.

Bombardier is more than halfway through a 2,400-flight hour test program for the CSeries, which features a new geared turbofan engine from United Technologies Corp.’s Pratt & Whitney unit. An engine fire in May 2014 had grounded test flights of the CSeries, until September 2014.