“The CSeries tests are progressing,” Mr. Beaudoin said in a statement, “with (the) first flight (scheduled for) next month”. The first CSeries flight test vehicle (FTV1) will soon be handed over to the Bombardier Flight Test Center. The plane will then complete the last phase before the flight.
The new Bombardier CSeries is a game-changer in the aerospace industry. Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the 100% new CSeries aircraft family combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and proven methods to meet current and future commercial airline requirements. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines, the CSeries aircraft family will offer operators a 15% per cent cash operating cost advantage with a smaller CO2 footprint thanks to its 20% fuel burn advantage.
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). The CSeries aircraft will be up to 12,000 lbs. (5,443 kg) 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.
At the Annual meeting, Pierre Beaudoin also reported the company’s excellent financial results for the first quarter of 2013, ending on March 31st. “We had a good first quarter, with an overall increase in revenues of 25%,” Mr. Beaudoin, pointed out. “(Bombardier) Aerospace is showing increased deliveries, revenues and EBIT”, he added.
below you can find some video of the last stages of the paint for the FTV1: