Bombardier Delays First Flight Of C Series Plane

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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July 24, 2013

Bombardier has delayed again the first test flight of its much-touted CSeries single-aisle airliner.

The world's third-largest maker of civilian commercial aircraft had been aiming for the first flight by the end of July but said Wednesday it will occur "in the coming weeks." The plane was originally scheduled to fly by the end of 2012 and was delayed again last month. Bombardier says highly technical last steps are taking more time than initially anticipated.

Bombardier has said it hopes to capture half the global market for 100-149 seat planes and has marketed the plane as being 20 percent more fuel-efficient than the comparable Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 family of aircraft.

Shares fell 2 percent, or 11 cents, to $4.96 in morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.


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