Bombardier Aerospace has begun work at its aircraft production facility in Mirabel, Québec, to accommodate final assembly of the first flight test C Series aircraft.
In March 2011, space optimization and re-tooling at the Mirabel facility, began which will accommodate final assembly of the first C Series aircraft required for the flight test and certification program.
The Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA), the first area at the Mirabel plant developed for the C Series aircraft program, is on schedule with the installation of systems rigs currently underway. as well as the existing buildings, new buildings for the C Series aircraft program will be constructed, these being a supplier satellite area, final assembly structural joining and pulse line area, an area for pre-flight testing, paint shops, and a delivery and administrative center.
A moving production line is being introduced at Bombardier’s St-Laurent Manufacturing Center, where major components of the CSeries aircraft, such as the cockpit and aft fuselage, are being produced, and similar final assembly line is planned for Mirabel.
The C Series aircraft, which are single-aisle 100- to 149-seat aircraft, are designed to provide the lowest operating costs in their class. Bombardier’s goal is to capture up to half of its forecasted market demand for 6,700 aircraft in the 100- to 149-seat commercial aircraft market segment.
Bombardier has launched 28 new aircraft programs since 1989, including business, commercial and special mission aircraft and is the world’s third largest aircraft company.