Bombardier’s first CSeries aircraft is set for its maiden flight

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Bombardier announced that the first CSeries aircraft, flight test vehicle one (FTV1), is set for its maiden flight. The flight is scheduled to depart Montreal-Mirabel International Airport Monday morning around 10AM local time.

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Bombardier first announced the CSeries in 2004, but after investing $100 million in development, it failed to sign up customers and shelved the program in 2006. The company restarted the program in 2008 after Germany’s Lufthansa signed a letter of interest for 30 firm and 30 optional plane orders.

Bombardier says the plane will have a 15 percent cash operating cost advantage, 20 percent fuel burn advantage and will be significantly quieter. The CSeries uses two of Pratt & Whitney’s new geared turbofan engines, the PurePower PW1500G and have a range of 2,950 nautical miles. It is 12,000 pounds (5,400 kg) lighter than other aircraft in the same seat category.

The 110-seat CS100 is the first ot fly, with a list price of about $63 million, will compete with Embraer’s E-190 and E-195, which can seat between 98 and 124. It will also compete with Airbus’s 107- to 132-seat A318 and Boeing’s 110-to 132-seat 737-600. The CS100 can seat up to 125.

Bombardier said it had 388 orders and commitments for the CS100 and CS300, which includes 177 firm orders for the planes as of June 30, 2013.