Hereâ€™s whatâ€™s been going on with the Bombardier CSseries over the past few weeks:
- Bombardier announced that their team had completed the CSeries Complete Airframe Static Testing (CAST) for Safety of Flight. Â This was the last of seven tests required for obtaining flight certification for the CS100 from Transport Canada. Â In step with the Static Testing, the CS100 â€œAircraft 0â€ Integrated Systems Test Rig has been â€œflyingâ€ since last August.
- On June 4, Moscow-based leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co (IFC), firmed up its order for 32 CS300s, along with options for 10 more CS300s. Â That brings the CSeries firm orders up to 177 aircraft.
- On the same day, it was revealed that Gulf Air is the previously undisclosed customer for 10 CS100s that have been part of the firm order book since June 2011. Â Gulf Air also holds options for 6 additional CS100s.
- Bombardierâ€™s President, Pierre Beaudoin, has said that theyâ€™re on schedule for the first flight of the CS100 by the end of June. Â Thereâ€™s been speculation that the first flight would happen before the Paris Air Show, which starts June 17th. Â But Chet Fuller, Bombardierâ€™s Senior Commercial VP dismissed the rumors. Â However, Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1)Â was moved to Bombardier’s flight test centre last week.
- And following up on our earlier story about Porter Airlinesâ€™ order for CS100s, Toronto City Council recently voted to hire independent consultants to analyze the Porter proposal. Â Porterâ€™s order for 12 CS100s is conditional on getting a 500 foot extension built on each end of the main runway at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). Â Some results of the study will be reported to Torontoâ€™s Executive Council in early July, with the issue expected to return to full council in November.
What do you think? Â Will FTV1 not fly until June 30th? Â Or will they try for the first flight while the Paris Air Show is on? Â If so, I’m thinking it would be great PR, and support for their marketing efforts at the show.
|This story written by…Â Howard Slutsken, Correspondent. Â Howard has been an AvGeek since he was a kid, watching TCA Super Connies, Viscounts and early jets at Montrealâ€™s Dorval Airport. Heâ€™s a pilot who loves to fly gliders and pretty well anything else with wings. Howard is based in Vancouver, BC.|