October 19, 2015
Bombardier has reaffirmed that the C-Series has completed more than 90-percent of its certification tests, and is on-track to be certified this year.
Some analysts are predicting that Bombardier will be unable to raise the investor funds needed to complete C-Series development and transition into production, unless the Bombardier-Beaudoin family is willing to reduce its 53-percent voting control over the company.
Bombardier is in talks with Air Canada and JetBlue Airways regarding a possible C-Series order, as the manufacturer struggles to make good on its commitment to accumulate at least 300 firm orders prior to first C-Series delivery. The C-Series has amassed at total of 243 firm orders to-date.
Officials at Embraer say that the firm remains committed to developing the re-engined E-Jet E2 aircraft, despite reports in some news sources suggesting that Bombardier has offered to transition to production of the C-Series as a cooperative joint-venture between the two manufacturers.
Mitsubishi has narrowed the window for first flight of its Mitsubishi Regional Jet to sometime between October 26th and October 30th. The manufacturer plans to complete the majority of its flight testing will be performed in the United States, at Moses Lake - south of Seattle.