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Timeline: how projects took off before series of delays

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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