Bombardier is delaying the entry into service of its CSeries aircraft until the second half of 2015, after discovering that the flight test phase will require more time than originally anticipated.
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The delay will eliminate the Canadian airframe manufacturer's original plans for a CS100 introduction in September, about a year after its maiden flight occurred Sept. 16, 2013. Under the new launch schedule, the CS100 will be introduced in late 2015, followed by the CS300 entry into service about six months later.
“While the process has taken more time than we had expected, our suppliers are aligned with the program’s schedule and together we will continue to work closely to move the program steadily forward. With the first flight of Flight Test Vehicle 2 (FTV2) successfully completed on Jan. 3, 2014, the CSeries aircraft program will continue to gain traction over the coming months," said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier.
Bombardier is looking to use the CSeries family to compete in the 100- to 149-seat market, which is currently dominated by the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. The company's projected improvements in operating costs have influenced both Boeing and Airbus to introduce improved versions of those aircraft, including the A320neo and the 737 MAX.