Bombardier announced on August 30, 2013 that it had received the first flight test permit from Transport Canada for the first CSeries aircraft. The permit allows the company to operate the flight which is expected in the coming weeks. The aircraft is currently operating high-speed taxi runs.
The first flight of the CSeries has been delayed several times. The initial date of first flight was to have been by the end of 2012. It was delayed to June 2013, then July and now is expected before the end of September 2013.