19:15 - June 13, 2016 - Quebec, Canada
Last Updated: 16:40 June 14, 2016
UPDATED: (I was a few hours too early) The first production CSeries entering commercial service on July 15 with Swiss Air will make its maiden flight on June 16, 2016 in the morning at Montreal-Mirabel Airport YMX. Bombardier wanted to tripple check everything, pilotes as well, you know Bombardier people do an excellent job and do deliver, as you know, CSeries is better then it was planned: longer range, less fuel, less noise, lighter...
Excellence in quality control is key in aviation and Bombardier is "above" that, especially when delivering the FIRST EVER CSeries going into service to a customer, Swiss Airways in this case. So, all that having been said, everything is "Oh Kay" as experts yelled to each others when redoing again the final inspection. JUNE 16, 2016, another date to remember.
(Today June 15, 2016, Bombardier received the EASA certification for the CSeries CS100. Now with Transport Canada and EASA certifications, only the FAA certification from the USA is missing, and expected anyday now!)
The CS100 serial 50010 is the first CSeries that will be delivered to a customer, delivery flight is scheduled for later this month, on June 30.
Each CSeries coming out of the production will normally be tested over 4 to 5 flights for a total of up to 20 flying hours before its delivery flight to its customer.
CS100 50011, the 2nd CSeries to be delivered, still with Swiss Air, should be delivered around July 18. The production speed will increase and Bombardier expects to deliver 15 CSeries over the next 6 months (total for 2016).
First CSeries CS300 customer will be airBaltic this fall and the 3rd customer to enter service with a CSeries is Korean Airlines.
Also interesting, Quebec Prime Minister Philippe Couillard will be attending the Farnborough Airshow July 11. Should we be expecting Interesting news about the CSeries during the Airshow? This is a few days before the official first commercial entry into service of the CSeries with Swiss Air, flying Zurich-Paris on July 15.
On July 6 Swiss Air will be hosting a Media Day in Zurich where their new "first" CSeries (50010) will be flying with members of the media and other activities. Can't wait to be there!