25 MAY 2015
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They say that when one bus that you have been waiting for arrives it is followed by another. This might be the situation with Bombardier’s much delayed C series single aisle mid-range jet.
For the Paris Air Show (15-21 June) the Canadian aircraft manufacturer has announced it will be showing in public for the first time both the 110-seat CS100 and the 135-passenger version, the CS300.
Since its maiden flight 18 months ago the first CS100 has completed about 70% of certification flying. Bombardier has pressed on with the programme, now with six aircraft in the test fleet.
The first aircraft is due to be handed over to Swiss, recently named as the initial operator, in the first half of 2016. Parent company Lufthansa Group ordered 30 of the type in 2009.
The present order book for the CSeries stands at just under 250. A number of airlines are clearly holding back until the aircraft is certificated and its much heralded fuel frugality confirmed. With a possible range of up to 3,500 miles and a fine short runway performance London City Airport operators and prospects are a marketing target, Moscow and the Gulf both within range. http://cseries.com
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