Aviation

Bombardier moves closer to C Series production

A Bombardier C Series CS100 test aircraft sits on the ramp near Bombardier Learjet in February 2015.
A Bombardier C Series CS100 test aircraft sits on the ramp near Bombardier Learjet in February 2015. File photo

Bombardier said Tuesday that it is working toward starting full production of its C Series airliner, and its first delivery to Swiss is on track.

The Canadian parent of Wichita’s Learjet said in a news release its C Series final assembly building is fully equipped and it has aircraft there in various stages of manufacturing.

The Montreal-based company also said that its first CS100 jet to be delivered to launch customer Swiss in the second quarter of 2016 is “structurally complete.”

“It’s truly a spectacular sight to see the C Series final assembly line fully stacked with production aircraft in various stages of assembly,” Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said in the release.

Bombardier also said Swiss flight crews have begun their training on the CS100 aircraft, which last month received type certification from aviation regulator Transport Canada. Bombardier said its larger CS300 airliner is expected to receive type certification in six months.

Flight testing of the C Series aircraft has been underway at Bombardier’s flight test center adjacent to the Learjet plant on the west side of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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