Bombardier CSeries Aircraft First Flight to Take Place in the Coming Weeks

Bombardier CSeries Aircraft First Flight to Take Place in the Coming Weeks 
- CSeries aircraft's geared turbofan engines running smoothly and
powering key aircraft systems 
- More time needed to ensure mature systems integration for a
productive flight test program 
MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 07/24/13 -- Bombardier Aerospace
confirmed today that the integration of the CSeries aircraft's
auxiliary power unit and Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared
Turbofan(TM) PW1500G engines on the first flight test vehicle (FTV1)
is running smoothly, allowing for testing of the aircraft's key
systems. It also confirmed that the latest software upgrades on the
aircraft continue to be successfully completed. The CSeries
aircraft's overall integration is progressing well; however, the
highly technical last steps are taking more time than initially
anticipated to validate the overall systems and ongoing software
integration. First flight is expected to occur in the coming weeks. 
"Seeing the first CSeries aircraft power up on the tarmac was a
thrilling event. We have now entered the ultimate phase of systems
integration and validation on the first flight test vehicle as we
submit brand new technology to in-depth tests," said Mike Arcamone,
President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.  
"While the process has taken more time than we had expected, we are
pleased with the results and are very comfortable taking more time to
ensure the required integration is finalized and the CSeries aircraft
is cleared for its first flight," added Mr. Arcamone.  
While in its final testing stage in preparation for first flight,
FTV1 is undergoing important and complex pre-flight tests, including
aircraft in the loop testing (ACIL). During ACIL tests, FTV1 is
"flown" on the ground in a simulated flight environment to ensure the
first aircraft behaves in the same manner as experienced with the
on-the-ground Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area
(CIASTA), also known as "Aircraft 0." This will be followed by low-and high-speed taxiing.  
Activities with Transport Canada to obtain the Flight Test Permit for
FTV1 are progressing steadily and the permit is also expected in the
coming weeks. 
CSeries aircraft  
Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the 100 per cent
new CSeries aircraft family combines advanced materials, leading-edge
technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline
requirements. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines,
the CSeries aircraft family will offer a 15(i) per cent cash
operating cost advantage and a 20(i) per cent fuel burn advantage.
With the extra capacity seating option, the CS300 aircraft's
productivity further improves, offering airlines an average of
four(i) per cent additional cash operating cost advantage per seat.  
The CSeries aircraft's clean-sheet design is ensuring that the
aircraft will achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, as well as
superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance
and a range of 2,950 nm (5,463 km)(i). 
The CSeries aircraft will be up to 12,000 lbs. (5,443 kg)(i) lighter
than other aircraft in the same seat category and will provide
passengers with a best-in-class, widebody cabin environment in a
single-aisle aircraft.
As of today, Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 388
CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 177 CSeries
About Bombardier  
Bombardier is the world's only manufacturer of both planes and
trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is
evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient,
sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles,
services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global
leader in transportation.  
Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Our shares are
traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the
Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the
fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8
billion. News and information are available at or
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Notes to editors  
Images of CSeries aircraft are posted with this press release at:  
Additional information on the CSeries aircraft program is available
Follow @Bombardier_Aero on Twitter to receive the latest news and
updates from Bombardier Aerospace. 
(i) The CSeries aircraft are in the development phase. All data and
specifications are estimates, subject to changes in family strategy,
branding, capacity and performance during the development,
manufacture and certification process. All performance references
have been estimated based on a 500-nm North American operating
environment and comparisons are to in-production aircraft.  
Bombardier, CS300, CSeries and The Evolution of Mobility are
trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.  
PurePower (R) is a registered trademark of United Technologies Corp.
- Pratt & Whitney.
Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
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