Bombardier says tests confirm low noise levels of CSeries aircraft

MONTREAL – Bombardier says noise tests have confirmed that the CSeries is the quietest commercial jet in its class.

The Montreal-based manufacturer released an update Thursday as a CS100 painted in the colours of launch customer Swiss made its first flight in Toronto.

Porter Airlines, which has placed a conditional order for 12 of the 110- to 125-seat planes, hopes to get permission to fly it on a lengthened runway at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Noise is one of the considerations in getting approval.

Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) says the CSeries has undergone 85 per cent of the testing required to win certification this year before entering into service in the first half of 2016.

The first production plane will soon begin the aircraft’s final flight tests, which include operating on a commercial airline type of schedule from key airports in North America.

Bombardier has previously said the CSeries has exceeded its original targets for fuel burn, payload and range.

Despite the progress in testing, the company nearing a year since it secured its last new order for the aircraft.

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