MIRABEL, Que. – Bombardier’s CSeries commercial aircraft landed safely after taking its maiden flight Monday morning, in a much-anticipated test run for a program that’s expected to generate billions of dollars for the company.
The gleaming white CS100 plane landed after flying past spectators at Mirabel airport north of Montreal.
Senior company executives gave each other big hugs after the aircraft successfully took off shortly before 10 a.m., nearly a decade after it was first introduced and following several delays that held up the launch for almost nine months.
It’s the world’s first new narrow-body airplane design in 27 years and promises to boost Canada’s aerospace sector.
The first 110- to 125-seat CS100 is slated to enter into service in about a year, barring delays.
The president and CEO of Toronto-based Porter Airlines — which is planning to use CSeries jets to expand its service from an enlarged island airport near Canada’s largest city — said he’s looking forward to receiving test data to confirm the engine’s are as quiet as expected.