Canadian jet maker Bombardier’s CS300 took its maiden flight on Friday (February 27) from Montréal-Mirabel International airport at 11am (EST).
The 135-150 seat jet, which is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PW1500G geared turbofan engine, reached an altitude of 41,000ft and a speed of 255 knots.
Captain Andris Litavniks, who was co-pilot on the maiden flight confirmed that the CS300 test aircraft had “handled exactly as predicted by simulation”.
Rob Dewar, VP of the CSeries programme said: “We are confident the CS100 aircraft will be certified in the second half of 2015, followed closely by entry-into-service. The CS300 is expected to follow about six months later.”