Bombardier's CS300 has successfully completed it maiden flight, giving a much needed to boost to the CSeries programme.
The CS300 airliner spent nearly five hours in the air before returning to Montreal-Mirabel International Airport. It reached an altitude of 41,000 feet (12,500 metres) and a speed of 255 knots (470 km/h).
Capt. Andris (Andy) Litavniks, who was the co-pilot on the historic maiden flight of the smaller CS100 model on September 16, 2013, was pilot-in-command on today's milestone flight. Capt. Litavniks was assisted by co-pilot Christophe Marchand and flight test engineers Anthony Dunne and Mark Metivet.
"It was an absolute privilege to fly the first flight of the CS300 airliner and I'm absolutely ecstatic with how well it handled. It's a pilot's aircraft and handled exactly as predicted by simulation," said Capt. Litavniks. "Pilots will find it easy to transition from the CS100 to the CS300 aircraft or vice versa, which will greatly reduce training costs for operators using both models."
"Our CSeries aircraft programme is progressing well, with results from testing as expected or better. The CS300 airliner will now join the five CS100 aircraft flight test vehicles that have amassed more than 1,000 flight test hours to date," said Rob Dewar, vice president, CSeries Programme. "We are confident the CS100 aircraft will be certified in the second half of 2015, followed closely by entry-into-service. The CS300 airliner is expected to follow about six months later."