Belfast Telegraph

Orders in for 445 planes

By Business Reporter

On a day when it was announced that the CSeries programme was to be delayed, undeterred 'avgeeks' – the modern name for planespotters – were enthusiastically reporting that 'FTV1', or Flight Test Vehicle 1, was in the air and heading towards Kansas on its 21st flight.

Flight Test Vehicle 2 has also flown four times.

Bombardier launched the CSeries in 2008 and FTV1 and FTV2 were unveiled in Canada in March 2013.

After rigorous testing on the ground, the jet was originally scheduled to take to the skies for the first time in June 2013, but the much-heralded 'first flight' was postponed until September.

The news that entry to market will be rescheduled may seem like bad news, but the company has always been keen to point out these sorts of delays are not unusual.

While sales have not gone through the roof since the aircraft was first unveiled, the company has booked orders and commitments for 445 CSeries aircraft. The new jet's wings were invented, designed and are now being built in a state-of-the-art facility employing around 800 highly trained people in Belfast.

Belfast Telegraph