Bombardier has “completed certification flight testing” on the CS100, SVP-commercial aircraft sales and asset management Colin Bole said.
The news was announced Nov. 17 at the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) Airline Leaders Forum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Bole said the completion of certification flight testing is subject to review by Transport Canada. “There’s a lot of paperwork that has already been processed and there’s a lot of paperwork that still needs to be processed,” Bole said. “We’re sticking to our target of [official certification] by the end of this year.”
The CSeries program, which has endured multiple delays and cost overruns, got a boost in October when the Quebec government announced it would make a $1 billion cash investment in Bombardier that will allow the manufacturer to take the CSeries program through certification to full production.
The CS100 is slated to enter service with Swiss International Air Lines in 2016. With certification flight testing completed, the next step will be using a CS100 test aircraft on simulated airline operations, according to Bombardier.
Bole told reporters in San Juan the CS100 performed “better than what we expected” in all aspects in the flight testing program. The CSeries was the “talk of the town” at the just completed Dubai Air Show, he added.
Bombardier has said certification of the larger CS300 will follow six months behind the CS100.