Transport Canada certified the Bombardier CS100 on Thursday, clearing the way for full production and deliveries of the aircraft to launch customer Swiss in early 2016.  After several program delays, this is a key milestone for Bombardier, which can now focus on aggressively marketing the aircraft to potential customers.

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Transport Canada Type Certification following a comprehensive and rigorous testing program, which included more than 3,000 flight test hours, the validation of thousands of test results and the authentication of extensive design and performance data. Obtaining the Type Certificate for the CS100 paves the way for the delivery and entry into service of the CS100 aircraft with first operator SWISS in 2Q16.

“This is an historic moment for Bombardier. Years of dedicated efforts and collaboration culminate today in a very proud moment for many as we celebrate the CS100 aircraft’s Transport Canada Type Certification. I heartily congratulate our teams for their commitment to developing, testing and certifying the CS100 aircraft,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Bringing to market the only new family of aircraft developed for the 100- to 150- seat market segment in close to 30 years is a standout accomplishment — the C Series aircraft is now well on its way to opening up new opportunities for operators, while delivering unrivalled economic advantages, performance, and environmental credentials. It’s the new reality for the single-aisle market.”

Design Approval Designees (DADs), engineers authorized to act on behalf of the Minister of Transport to approve aeronautical design and make findings of compliance, worked closely with Transport Canada over the last five years planning, testing, and reviewing thousands of technical drawings and documents that ultimately define the C Series aircraft and allow it to be built against this design definition. Once Bombardier demonstrated that the C Series aircraft design fully complied with the safety requirements mandated by Transport Canada, the aircraft was issued its Type Certificate.

All noise performance testing on the CS100 aircraft has been completed and data confirms it is the quietest in-production commercial jet in its class. The aircraft’s noise performance and its outstanding short-field capability make it ideal for varied types of operations. The C Series aircraft’s maximum range has also been confirmed to be up to 3,300 NM (6,112 km), some 350 NM (648 km) more than originally targeted. The larger CS300 model is also on target for its certification, which should take about six months to complete.

After the debut at Paris, we understand that activity and discussions with airlines has picked up in intensity, and the certification in place and the resulting additional schedule certainty should only help with those discussions.  With operational data from proving runs and the test fleet showing better that promised economics, and now certification, the key elements that airline fleet planners need are now in place.  Now it is up to the sales team and marketing efforts to sharpen their pencils and increase the order book.

Congratulations to the Bombardier team on reaching this important milestone.

 

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