Bombardier CS100 C-FBCS, which the manufacturer calls CSeries Flight Test Vehicle One, landed at Mirabel Airport some 30 miles north of Montreal at 12:22 p.m. local time, following a 2 hour 29 minute first flight.

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At 9:53 a.m. on September 16, after a short take-off run, Bombardier CS100 C-FBCS ‒ named Flight Test Vehicle 1 by Bombardier Aerospace ‒ took off into a clear blue sky from Mirabel Airport some 30 miles north of Montreal.

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Bombardier Aerospace says it will confirm more precise timing approximately 24 hours prior to the actual date and time of the first flight of FTV1.

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Bombardier Aerospace has obtained Transport Canada’s Flight Test Permit for the first CSeries aircraft – Flight Test Vehicle 1 – thereby clearing the way for its maiden flight.

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Porter Airlines has signed a conditional purchase agreement for 12 Bombardier CS100 airliners, with options for an additional 18 CS100s. The agreement also includes purchase rights on six Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The CS100s would be Porter’s first jet aircraft.

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Bombardier Aerospace has completed the first full powering-on of the main electrical distribution system on the first CSeries flight-test aircraft. Additionally, Bombardier says the two most significant wing static tests required for first flight are now complete.

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Both aircraft, which are of the Bombardier CS100 version, are 95 per cent complete and require only installation of minor systems, after which they will enter final function testing. At the unveiling, the manufacturer revealed it had increased the length of the CS300’s fuselage slightly.

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An unnamed airline based in the Americas has signed a letter of intent to order 12 Bombardier CS100 airliners and to take options on an additional 18.

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