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Bombardier CSeries aircraft program on track for delivery in 2013

Bombardier Aerospace is on track to deliver the first CSeries single-aisle airliner in 2013. The five-abreast CSeries family of aircraft is specifically designed to meet the growing needs of the 100- to 149-seat commercial aircraft market category. Bombardier forecasts demand for 6,300 aircraft in this market category valued at approximately $360 billion US over the next 20 years (2009-2028).

The program has gained 50 firm orders and 50 options from Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Lease Corporation International Group. The Lufthansa order is comprised of firm orders for 30 CS100 aircraft plus options on an additional 30 CSeries aircraft. Lease Corporation International Group has ordered three CS100 and 17 CS300, plus 20 CSeries options.

The CSeries aircraft family has been increased to five variants: CS100 (2,200 nm/110 pax); CS100 ER (Extended Range) (2,950 nm/110 pax); CS300 (2,200 nm/130 pax); CS300 XT (Extra Thrust) (2,200 nm/130 pax); and CS300 ER (2,950 nm/130 pax). All models will be powered by Pratt & Whitney's new-technology PurePowerTM PW1000G engine of up to 23,300 pounds (103.6 kN) thrust. Its bypass ratio of 12:1 – which at entry into service is predicted to be the highest in the industry – will help to bring double-digit reductions in fuel burn, gaseous emissions and operating costs, while the engine powers an aircraft that is four times quieter than current in-production aircraft of similar size. Bombardier expects a 28 per cent reduction in direct maintenance costs versus those of aircraft currently in production.

Bombardier is building a high-tech CSeries aircraft testing facility, Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA) at Mirabel, work on which is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2009. The CIASTA will include, amongst other things, the CSeries Integrated Systems Test Certification Rig. All of the flight control systems, avionics, electrical and environmental controls will be tested one year in advance of the actual flight test program. The CSeries aircraft is being designed to achieve 99 per cent dispatch reliability at entry into service.

Based at the Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast site, the CSeries composite wing development program is on schedule and is meeting all expectations. The pre-production demonstrator program is well under way, and is now verifying the design, manufacturing and assembly processes.

The first CSeries aircraft will be built at Mirabel. For the first time, Bombardier will conduct all development and testing, including the flight test program, at Mirabel. Five CS100 aircraft will take part in the flight test program which is expected to take about 1,800 hours over a 12-month period.

"Our CSeries aircraft configuration will meet customers' requirements in virtually every corner of the globe," said Benjamin Boehm, Vice President, Programs, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The CSeries aircraft is a more economical, passenger-oriented, flexible airliner with transcontinental range and short-field capability. It takes advantage of technologies only available for a 2013 entry into service."

Press release issued by Bombardier Aerospace on June 16, 2009


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