Bombardier completes CSeries upgrades for Saint-Laurent facility

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Bombardier has completed upgrades to its 9,000ft2 (836m2) Saint-Laurent, Quebec manufacturing facility in preparation for commencement of moving line assembly operations for its new 100 to 149-seat CSeries aircraft.

The manufacturer says the addition of "the latest lean manufacturing principles" and new machinery, equipment and tooling will support fabrication of the aluminum lithium forward and carbon fibre aft fuselages.

At the Saint-Laurent facility the forward barrels will be joined with the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation-built centre fuselage.

The aft fusealge and pressure dome will be fabricated using an automated fibre placement (AFP) techniques in a now active on-site clean room.

"As soon as our new composite 'clean room' was completed, we immediately began laying up some test articles with our new AFP robot," says Hugues Lessard, Saint-Laurent facility vice president.

Final assembly operations will be undertaken at the company's nearby Mirabel facility where the Belfast, Ireland built wings will meet the Saint-Laurent integrated fuselage and Alenia-built empennage.

The first CS100 is slated for its first flight in 2012, followed by entry into service in 2013.