Bombardier’s CSeries jet takes off

Written by on September 30, 2013

Bombardier’s new CSeries jetliner completed its maiden flight today near Montreal, somethingReuters describes as “a key step in a $3.4 billion program to develop the first all-new narrow-body plane of its size in decades.”Bombardier’s blue and white CS100 Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) took off to sunny skies this morning around 9:55 ET before landing d at 12:22 p.m. ET, according to – a commercial aviation enthusiast website reporting from the scene in Mirabel, Quebec.
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The Montreal Gazette adds “the airliner’s rear wheels emitted a small puff of blue smoke to loud cheers from the audience of 3,000 people” as the test flight concluded with a 12:22 p.m. landing.With a seating capacity of about 120, Bombardier’s CSeries could eventually put the Canadian jetmaker into competition with giants Boeing and Airbus in the small-jet market, The Wall Street Journal reports. Until now, Bombardier’s jet lines had focused mostly on aircraft seating less than 100 seats – a market in which it has battled Brazilian jetmaker Embraer for dominance.


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