Bombardier will begin integrated CSeries testing towards the end of August in preparation for the program’s first flight which is scheduled for December 2012.
The testing will be performed at the manufacturer’s CIASTA facility in Mirabel and at various component suppliers around the world. Certification of the CSeries program is expected to take 18 months in total.
In various news reports, Bombardier has indicated that a delay in the program of between three to five months would not be unexpected, but remains confident in their projected first flight date.
Bombardier has collected orders from several airlines and leasing companies and expects that upon first flight additional orders will appear. Bombardier is targeting Air Canada as a possible customer for the CSeries to replace the airline’s Embraer aircraft which it has indicated it may wish to replace in the near future due to pilot agreements.