Routes 2014: CSeries still on track for 2015 EIS

Despite recent setbacks, the CSeries test aircraft grounded earlier this year is flying again and first delivery is on target for the second half of 2015, according to Courtney Miller, a regional manager for Bombardier Commercial aircraft, speaking at World Routes 2014.The aircraft is already about two years behind schedule and over the past week a number of financial analysts have questioned if there will be yet another delay.“We’re very comfortable with the schedule,” Miller confirmed. “It’s great to see it back in the air.”In May, the test flights were halted after an engine failed during ground maintenance testing. In spite of that, Bombardier tallied up another 24 new orders valued at $1.5 billion which were announced at the Farnborough Air Show in July. Miller said that Bombardier holds 203 firm orders for CSeries aircraft out of 513 commitments.Miller added that Bombardier flew a second CSeries test aircraft from Montreal to Wichita because it offers a more favourable climate for testing. The company maintains that the primary flight test centre for the CSeries is in Mirabel, Quebec.“The aircraft is the marriage of the next generation of technology in engine and airframe,” declared Miller, touting a 20% reduction in operating costs than any comparable aircraft. “It also unlocks a range of opportunities that we haven’t thought of.”Miller said the aircraft challenges old concepts of aircraft design and that not much has been done to address the needs of the 100- to 150-seat sector. “Our response is to build what the network requires. That’s the crux of the CSeries.”

Sandra Arnoult, US Correspondent,Low-fare & Regional Airlines /
Chicago, IL, USA

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