IN FOCUS: CSeries questions linger as flight tests approach

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A 130 to 145 seater, the CS300 is the larger of the two CSeries aircraft

After four years in development, the Bombardier CSeries CS100 remains within six months of a scheduled first flight. Structural assemblies for the five flight test vehicles are ongoing in Mirabel, Quebec. Electronics, hydraulics and software have been integrated in the Aircraft 0 test rig.

While Bombardier's top executives have acknowledged the risk of what they consider a minor delay of between three and six months, they are clearly encouraged by progress made thus far and the programme's path to technical and financial success.

Yet, at the same, Bombardier's executive team continues to face sharp questioning, not only from the CSeries project's critics.

Most of the questions about are about Bombardier's sales results to date...


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