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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bombardier’s CSeries Program ‘Making Solid Progress’

Bombardier on Thursday confirmed an extra capacity seating option on its CS300 airframe and said the aircraft is “making solid progress” towards achieving its first flight in June.

The single-aisle CS300 was unveiled during a media event at Bombardier's facility in Meribel, where the company confirmed it has 148 firm orders for the aircraft, including airBaltic as the first customer to select the extra capacity seating option.

The Latvia-based carrier selected the 148-seat option. The company said the CS300 will be available with an option for up to 160 seats as an initial order or retrofit.

“We are delighted that Pratt & Whitney recently achieved Transport Canada type certification of its first PurePower Geared Turbofan engine, the PW1500G engine that will power the CSeries aircraft, and we are now focusing on three key areas that will lead to our safety-of-flight permit: static airframe testing, building of flight test vehicles and on-the-ground testing,” said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier. More

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