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Timeline: how projects took off before series of delays

Published 08/10/2015

From left, Bombardier’s Michael Ryan, Trade Minister Arlene Foster, Secretary of State Shaun Woodward and Bombardier chief operating officer Guy Hachey at the launch of the CSeries in 2008
From left, Bombardier’s Michael Ryan, Trade Minister Arlene Foster, Secretary of State Shaun Woodward and Bombardier chief operating officer Guy Hachey at the launch of the CSeries in 2008

In July 2004, Bombardier announced the development of the CSeries family of airliners. It was then revealed that Belfast would be playing a big part in the series, building the wings for the jets at the firm's plant in the east of the city

  • The Bombardier board gives the green light for the company to "offer the new CSeries family of aircraft" to airlines, but is in the process of gauging interest
     
  • Since the announcement, it has run into a series of setbacks, starting in 2012
     
  • In 2012, Bombardier said "the company is pretty confident that we'll have the first CSeries jet in the air by June 2013" - an open secret becomes public that the project will be delayed
     
  • In 2013, the world finally gets to see the aircraft which has been in the works for five years, but a further delay is also announced in the same year
     
  • In September 2013, after almost a nine-month delay, the CSeries flies for the first time
     
  • But in January 2014, it is revealed the CS100 jets won't go into service until the end of 2015
     
  • It had initially booked some 177 orders against a goal of 300, by the then 2014 target for entering commercial service.
     
  • In June this year, the CS300 aircraft was put on display in Belfast after flying in from the Paris Air Show
     
  • Bombardier now has 243 confirmed orders, against the target of 300
     
  • Current projected service dates for both the CS100 and CS300 finally entering service are 2016

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