Friday, 5 September 2014

Bombardier says CSeries test flights to resume this month

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Business News .

Bombardier C series

Bombardier Aerospace announced plans Friday to resume test flights later this month with its CSeries commercial jetliner, nearly four months after an engine failure shut down the trials.

One test aircraft will resume flights this month and be joined later in the fall by other aircraft as they receive new engines. The aircraft that was damaged in May is being repaired and will rejoin the flight test fleet.
Rob Dewar, vice-president of the CSeries program, said the company is confident the CS100 aircraft will enter into service in the second half of next year despite the delay.

In June, Bombardier chairman Laurent Beaudoin suggested the flight tests would only be put on hold for a month following the malfunction which occurred during maintenance testing on the ground.

The much-delayed aircraft has completed 330 of 2,400 hours of flight tests required to win certification.
The company has not disclosed the cause of the May 29 engine failure that damaged a test aircraft and grounded flight testing, but it said the CSeries program has made headway in recent months by completing a series of activities including additional ground tests and software upgrades.

The delay has created some nervousness among investors and industry analysts, some of whom predicted further delays.

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