Bombardier expects to fly the C Series narrowbody by the end of June.
This could well be the week that Bombardier's C Series makes its eagerly anticipated first flight. Speaking to AIN on the eve of last week's Paris Air Show, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Mike Arcamone reported that his engineers have been busily subjecting the first flight test vehicle (FTV1) to simulated flight conditions. At the same time, the company has been preparing a Global 5000 chase airplane to evaluate flight conditions on the day of the first flight, which Arcamone indicated could be achieved before the end of this month.
When the C Series FTV1 was unveiled in March, Arcamone confirmed that Bombardier had managed to resolve a number of concerns over supplier performance. The most notable improvement seems to have been at
Arcamone revealed that he expects Bombardier to be building 120 aircraft per annum within the next three or four years. The company expects to have completed construction of its dedicated C Series assembly building at Mirabel near
Bombardier did not add to its CSeries sales tally during the