Bombardier Aerospace has confirmed that the Entry-Into-Service (EIS) of their CSeries aircraft is now scheduled for the second half of 2015.
Yesterday’s announcement likely wasnâ€™t a surprise to industry watchers and financial analysts, who have believed that Bombardierâ€™s previous â€œone year after first flightâ€ EIS of September 2014 was overly optimistic and aggressive. The CSeries is Bombardierâ€™s first â€œclean-sheetâ€ design in decades, with state-of-the-art fly-by-wire flight controls, along with sophisticated, highly-integrated aircraft systems. Bombardier is no doubt hoping that the new EIS schedule will be looked at as realistic and achievable, given the work to be done.
â€œWe are taking the required time to ensure a flawless entry-into-service. We are very pleased that no major design changes have been identified, this gives us confidence that we will meet our performance targets,â€ said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. â€œWhile the process has taken more time than we had expected, our suppliers are aligned with the programâ€™s schedule and together, we will continue to work closely to move the program steadily forward.â€