Here is the latest data from each of the three flight test programs through March.
The A350 program continues apace. Though the rate of flight hour accumulation seems to have slowed. MSN001 is less busy than it once was. MSN002 is busy again, while MSN003 also seems to have tailed off in activity.
The start of a hockey stick? It is Canada after all. Bombardier’s fleet was busy last month building hours. It seems the move to Wichita for test flights helped accelerate the program. But they need to hustle.
When seeing the three programs in a timeline, we can see the Airbus and Boeing programs running well in terms of flight hour accumulation. Bombardier’s program looks slow, even though March was far better than previous months.
In summary, we continue to expect to see an early EIS on the A350; late summer looks within reach. Boeing’s program, being a derivative, is expected to be running well. The 787-9 EIS looks on schedule based on the data. The CSeries program saw better numbers for March, but the program needs a boost of more test vehicles and faster flight hour accumulation. Bombardier sounded confident at ISTAT that it will meet its revised schedule.