Bombardier said the flight of its new CSeries passenger jet will occur "in the coming weeks," which is past the originally scheduled date of late July.
(Bombardier's CSeries flight test vehicle. Photo, courtesy of Bombardier.)
The company said the integration of the flight test vehicle's auxiliary power unit and Pratt & Whitney PW 1500 engines is "running smoothly." Software upgrades have also been completed, but the main cause of the delay is that the validation of all aircraft systems and ongoing software integration is taking longer than Bombardier originally expected.
"While the process has taken more time than we had expected, we are pleased with the results and are very comfortable taking more time to ensure the required integration is finalized and the CSeries aircraft is cleared for its first flight," said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier.
(The CSeries' Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engine. Photo, courtesy of Bombardier.)
While the final stages of testing continue, Bombardier expects to obtain a flight test permit for the first flight test aircraft "in the coming weeks." To date, 177 firm orders have been recorded for CSeries aircraft.
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