Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that the CS100 has completed its certification flight testing, subject to Transport Canada’s final review and acceptance.
Concurrently, Bombardier Aerospace is finalizing the submission of the remaining CS100 type certificate documentation for Transport Canada approval.
“We are executing to plan and are in the final stage before obtaining the CS100 Type Certificate from Transport Canada,” says Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Since starting route proving on November 7, a flight-test CS100 has made stops in Mirabel, QC; Toronto, ON; Montreal, QC; Windsor, ON; Thunder Bay, ON; Moncton, NB; Halifax, NS; St-John’s, NL; Calgary, AB; and Regina, SK.
In the U.S., the aircraft has visited Denver, CO; Wichita, KS; Boise, ID; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; New Orleans, LA; Nashville, TN; Seattle, WA and Raleigh/Durham, NC.
The route-proving flights, which are being conducted using typical airline flight routings and operational procedures, are scheduled to include approximately 15 city pairs in Canada and 20 in the U.S., before moving on to Europe.
Bombardier Aerospace reports that all noise performance testing on the CS100 has been completed and the data collected confirms it is the quietest in-production commercial jet in its class.
The C Series aircraft’s maximum range has also been confirmed to be up to 3,300 nautical miles (6,112 kilometers), some 350nm (648km) more than originally targeted.
According to Bombardier Aerospace, the CS100 is delivering more than a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage over comparable in-production aircraft.
The CS100 is also delivering a fuel-burn advantage of greater than 10 per cent over comparable, new-program re-engined aircraft, the manufacturer says.
C Series aircraft will also emit 50 per cent lower NOx emissions than ICAO CAEP 6 NOx emission standards, according to Bombardier.
The two initial models of the C Series, the CS100 and CS300, have parts commonality of greater than 95 per cent, as well as the same type rating.
Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 603 C Series aircraft, which include firm orders for 243.