Bombardier Powers On the First CSeries Flight Test Vehicle and Completes Wing Static Testing Required for First Flight

Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:39pm EDT

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Bombardier Aerospace

March 25, 2013 - 01:39:26 PM

Bombardier Powers On the First CSeries Flight Test Vehicle and Completes Wing
Static Testing Required for First Flight

MIRABEL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 25, 2013) - Bombardier Aerospace
announced today that it has successfully completed the first full powering on
of the main electrical distribution system on the first CSeries flight test
vehicle (FTV1). Additionally, Bombardier confirmed that the wing down-bending
static test was successfully concluded on the Complete Airframe Static Test
(CAST) article at the company's Saint-Laurent, Quebec facility in late March
2013. Together with the wing up-bending static test that was completed earlier
in March 2013, the two most significant wing static tests required for first
flight are now complete.

The company also confirmed that safety-of-flight tests are progressing well on
"Aircraft 0" - the on-the-ground integrated systems test rig (ISTCR) for the
CSeries aircraft.

"The powering on of the main electrical distribution system on FTV1 was one of
the most exciting milestones so far in the CSeries aircraft development
program and will now allow powering of all sub-systems and for the avionics
suite testing," said Rob Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, CSeries,
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "As well, the last significant test on the
CAST article - the down-bending test on the wing - was completed in late
March, and we are thrilled with the analysis and feedback from the team, which
allows progression to the next experimental phase. These are all important
activities that will lead to the CSeries aircraft's safety-of-flight permit." 

"The build of the flight test vehicles, the static airframe testing and the
systems tests are all advancing to schedule. We are very satisfied with the
CSeries aircraft's excellent progress and weekly achievements as we advance
solidly towards first flight," added Mr. Dewar. 

CSeries aircraft 

Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the 100 per cent new CSeries
aircraft family combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and
proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements in 2013 and beyond.
Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines, the CSeries aircraft
family will offer a 15(i) per cent cash operating cost advantage and a 20(i)
per cent fuel burn advantage. With the extra capacity seating option, the
CS300 aircraft's productivity further improves, offering airlines an average
of four(i) per cent additional cash operating cost advantage per seat. The
CSeries aircraft's clean-sheet design is ensuring that the aircraft will
achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, as well as superior operational
flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 nm (5,463
km)(i). The CSeries aircraft will be up to 12,000 lbs. (5,443 kg)(i) lighter
than other aircraft in the same seat category and will provide passengers with
a best-in-class, widebody cabin environment in a single-aisle aircraft.

As of December 31, 2012, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments for 382
CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 148 CSeries airliners. 

About Bombardier 

Bombardier is the world's only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking
far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by
answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable
transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our
employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the
Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability
World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012,
we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier. 

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(i) The CSeries aircraft are in the development phase. All data and
specifications are estimates, subject to changes in family strategy, branding,
capacity and performance during the development, manufacture and certification
process. All performance references have been estimated based on a 500-nm
North American operating environment and comparisons are to in-production

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Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
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