Bombardier Aerospace has received a Flight Test permit from Canadian authorities to perform the maiden flight of its CSeries Flight Test Vehicle 1.
The first flight of the narrow-body, twin engine, medium-range jet airliner featuring cutting-edge technologies and advanced materials is expected in the coming weeks.
"Five years in the making and today, following receipt of Transport Canada's flight test permit, we are very close to the CSeries airliner's first flight - a historic moment for Bombardier and a game-changing moment for the industry," said Mike Arcamone, President ot Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
"The CSeries aircraft teams have spent the last few weeks completing rigorous exercises to ensure the integrity and maturity of the aircraft are absolutely in check with the flight crew's requirements. Pending optimal weather, the CSeries aircraft will soon take to the skies," he said.
The aircraft, capable of carrying 100 to 149 passengers, has already passed a series of pre-flight tests including low-speed taxiing and will now proceed to high-speed taxi runs simulating the speeds for flight take-off.
The CSeries aircraft, 5,443 kg lighter than other aircraft in the same seat category, promises reducing costs by 15 per cent and 20 per cent fuel consumption reduction, while cutting down noise and carbon emissions.