“We have not quantified how many more customers it will bring, but it will definitely be more because we are offering another option,” he says
Despite having booked only 148 firm orders out of 382 commitments from 14 customers, Bombardier is confident of meeting its target of at least 300 firm orders from up to 20 customers worldwide by entry into service, now planned for mid-2014 for the initial CS100.
First flight of the CS300 is now scheduled for early 2014, says Dewar, leading to entry into service by the end of that year.
Following the delay and “reharmonization” of supplier delivery schedules, Dewar says the program is on track for a plan that requires delivery of one aircraft a month to support a 12-month flight-test effort leading to Transport Canada certification in mid-2014.
The cockpit for the fifth test aircraft, FTV-5, is being prepared for delivery from Bombardier’s St Laurent, Quebec, plant, and the fuselage barrel for FTV-4 already has been delivered to Mirabel by Shenyang, China-based supplier SAC Commercial Aircraft, says Dewar. Blamed for some of the program delays, SAC is now producing fuselage barrels at a rate of one a month, he says. “Component quality is excellent, and they are meeting their delivery schedule,” adds Arcamone.