2013-03-08 06:36:14 UTC
Montréal) on Thursday March 7th.
It is still unpainted. But engines attached. (P&W Geared Turbo Fan)
First flight is expected before end of june 2013. (6 months late)
http://www.bombardier.com/en/corporate/media-centre/press-releases/details?docID=0901260d802a1c40One novelty: the middle seat (the undesirable one :-) will be wider than
the window and aisle seats in the coach 3+3 config.
Also interesting: the unveiled aircraft is still unfinished. Unpainted,
a few panels missing. And they are still doing integration and systems
This is in contrast with the much more "impressive" 787 unveiling in
2007 with a plane that looked great but was an unfinished shell that
would need to be disassembled a few times to fit the missing parts and
change rivets etc.
is the C-Series to Bombardier what the 380 was to Airbus (venturing into
an aircraft size that company had never built), or is building a 100-160
seat aircraft easier for a a company such as Bombardier because of
existing "inspiration" from the 737 and 320 ?
Also, Bombardier has announced an option for 160 seats on the CS-300,
with the addition of extra overwiong exits (this can either be done at
aircraft construction, or retrofitted into existing aircraft Bombardier
At this stage, could one deduct that upgrading the cargo/pax capacity of
the airraft is an indication that it is better than expected in the
weight and/or engine performance aspects ?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/video/video-bombardier-unveils-new-c-series-aircraft-boasts-comfort-roominess/article9463070/BTW, the aircraft has only 148 firm orders as of december 2012. I
believe analysts expect 300 before they start to take Bombardier
seriously (its stock has languished for a few years because of this
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