On September 1, 2013 4 Bombardier Aerospace announced that the first CSeries aircraft, Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1), has successfully obtained Transport Canada's Flight Test Permit, thereby clearing the way for its maiden flight. This follows a series of pre-flight tests including low-speed taxi runs.
Designed for the growing 100 to 149 seat market, the 100% new CSeries aircraft family combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines, the CSeries aircraft family will offer an extra capacity seating option.
As of June 30, 2013, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments for 388 CSeries aircraft that included firm orders for 177 CSeries airliners.