|Bombardier CSeries CS100 and CS300 aircraft. Photo: Bombardier
[Avionics Today 10-14-2015] Bombardier has announced that its seemingly troubled CSeries 100 aircraft has successfully completed more than 90 percent of the certification program. It is now in the final stage of flight testing, which will include a few weeks of function and reliability tests. Bombardier also confirmed that production ramp-up is underway, including the first aircraft for launch operator, SWISS.
“We’re now on the cusp of validating that the CS100 aircraft is ready for operation with SWISS," said Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “This last phase of flight testing puts us on track to certify by the end of 2015.”
Rob Dewar, vice president of the C Series aircraft program, notes that the CS100 launch aircraft is on track to enter operations with SWISS in the first half of 2016.