1 JULY 2013
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Bombardier has put back the first flight of its new CSeries jet for “up to a month”. The much delayed aircraft was due to fly by the end of June. Only a week back the company had been making promising noises regarding the maiden sortie saying that ground vibration tests and software upgrades were complete and that it has applied to Transport Canada for the flight test permit.
Bombardier, which now says that the inaugural flight will occur by the end of July, noting that it was extending the timeline to allow for additional software upgrades to improve the system.
The single-aisle CSeries, the company's largest ever commercial aircraft project, is Bombardier's gamble on the 100- to 149-seat segment, largely abandoned by Airbus and Boeing, although Embraer and Far Eastern groups are targeting the market.
Bombardier has announced 177 firm CSeries orders so far and is targeting 300 from 20 airlines by the time it enters service next year. www.bombardier.com/en
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