The FINANCIAL — Bombardier announced on October 14 that its all-new CS100 aircraft has successfully completed over 90 per cent of the certification program and is now in the final stage of flight testing that 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.
“It’s a thrill to announce that we’re in the final stage of certification. Following a comprehensive flight test program, we’re now on the cusp of validating that the CS100 aircraft is ready for operation with SWISS,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Thanks to the dedication and hard work of many people from around the world, over many years, today we’re proud to announce that this last phase of flight testing puts us on track to certify by the end of 2015.”
“The tremendous discipline and efforts of our employees, suppliers and customers will be on display over the next few weeks as the CS100 aircraft takes to operating on a commercial airline-type schedule from key airports in North America. This function and reliability testing will include airfield performance; landings and airport turnarounds; and on-ground operations – all to ready the CS100 aircraft for operation with SWISS in the first half of 2016,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“The function and reliability test flights, which will be conducted using typical airline flight routings and operational procedures, will include about 15 representative airports in Canada and 20 in the United States,” added Mr. Dewar.
In the last month, Bombardier announced it had completed all noise performance testing and data confirms it is the quietest in-production commercial jet in its class. The aircraft’s noise performance and its outstanding short-field capability make it ideal for varied types of operations. Earlier this year, Bombardier announced that the C Series aircraft’s maximum range is confirmed to be up to 3,300 NM (6,112 km), some 350 NM (648 km) more than originally targeted. The aircraft is delivering more than a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage compared to in-production aircraft, and a greater than 10 per cent advantage compared to re-engined aircraft. This means that one C Series aircraft could reduce an operator’s carbon emissions by up to 6,000 tons each year. The C Series will also emit 50 per cent fewer NOX emissions than the CAEP 6* NOX emission standards, according to Bombardier.
Bombardier assesses the environmental impact of its aircraft throughout their life cycles. Based on its design, manufacturing, operations and recyclability, the C Series aircraft will be issued an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) upon entry-into-service – an industry first.