Posted on: 27 February 2015 by Ross McSweeny
On 27 February, 2,000 Bombardier employees, board members, partners, suppliers and customers gathered at the company’s facility in Mirabel, Quebec to witness the first flight of the CS300 airliner, the larger member of the CSeries family designed for the 100- to 149-seat market segment.
The aircraft – bearing Canadian registration markings C-FFDK – departed Montreal-Mirabel International Airport at 11:00 EST and returned at 15:58 EST. It reached an altitude of 41,000 feet (12,500 metres) and a speed of 255 knots (470 km/h).
“Our CSeries aircraft programme is progressing well, with results from testing as expected or better. The CS300 airliner will now join the five CS100 aircraft flight test vehicles that have amassed more than 1,000 flight test hours to date,” commented Rob Dewar, VP CSeries Program. “We are confident the CS100 aircraft will be certified in the second half of 2015, followed closely by entry-into-service. The CS300 airliner is expected to follow about six months later.”
Captain Andris Litavniks was pilot-in-command, assisted by co-pilot Christophe Marchand and flight test engineers Anthony Dunne and Mark Metivet. Litavniks noted, “It's a pilot's aircraft and handled exactly as predicted by simulation. Pilots will find it easy to transition from the CS100 to the CS300 aircraft or vice versa, which will greatly reduce training costs for operators using both models.”
“It was a thrill to see the first CS300 aircraft take to the skies for the first time and I heartily congratulate our teams for this achievement. We continue to see increased interest from all over the world and as our performance targets are validated, we expect the enthusiasm for the CSeries family of aircraft to grow even more,” concluded Mike Arcamone, president, Bombardier Commerical Aircraft.