Bombardier eyes 2Q for CSeries detail design phase

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Bombardier is months away from transitioning to the detail design phase for the 110/130-seat CSeries, and completing construction on two key facilities.

During an earnings conference call to discuss Bombardier's reduced profit for the fiscal year ended 31 January, company chief operating officer Guy Hachey said the Canadian airframer is "about to exit" the joint development phase and should move into the detail design phase "where we get specified drawings and tooling picks up on those drawings" around the second quarter, which ends on 31 July for Bombardier.

Design freeze will occur at the beginning of the detail design phase.

Other CSeries programme milestones are expected to be achieved in the second quarter. Construction of Bombardier's CSeries training facility in Mirabel is slated to be finished at this time, says Hachey, as is a new aircraft wing manufacturing and assembly facility in Belfast.

The CSeries is expected to enter into service in 2013. Hachey says the company is "on schedule" with the programme.