Bombardier has confirmed a CSeries aircraft will make its debut at the Dubai air show, arriving at the Dubai World Central airport as early as 6 November.
The appearance by FTV-5 – a CS100 flight test vehicle in the livery of Swiss International Air Lines – comes as Bombardier works to complete the flight-test portion of the airworthiness certification effort.
“The Dubai air show also represents a great venue and opportunity for us to display our line-up of aircraft and provide an update on the exciting developments ongoing with CSeries aircraft’s certification program,” says Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
The aircraft will arrive in Dubai less than two weeks after Bombardier announced a new ownership structure for the programme, with the government of Quebec investing $1 billion next year to claim a 49.5% ownership stake.
Bombardier also reported a $3.2 billion financial charge on the CSeries programme, reflecting the cost of certification delays and higher costs associated with the production ramp-up.
Among Bombardier’s disclosed CSeries order backlog, the Middle East region stands out with three customers buying a total of 31 aircraft, including 16 CS300s for SaudiGulf, 10 CS100s for Gulf Air and five CS300s for Iraqi Airways.
The same aircraft attending Dubai, and a CS300, appeared at the Paris air show last June.
In both events, the CSeries was listed as the only announced commercial aircraft making a public debut.
Unlike the Paris event, which featured the CS300 in the flying display, the CS100 will remain parked on the static line in Dubai.
It will be joined there by several more Bombardier products, including the Q400 turboprop and CRJ900 airliner, as well as the Learjet 76, Challenger 350 and Global 6000 business jets.
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