Bombardier CSeries lands, ends first flight

Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:01pm EDT
 
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MIRABEL, Quebec (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc's (BBDb.TO: Quote) new CSeries jetliner landed successfully Monday, ending the first flight in the company's$3.4 billion program to develop a new narrow-bodied plane.

The CSeries touched down at 12:23 p.m. EDT at an airfield beside Bombardier's factory, about 2-1/2 hours after taking off. With the new jet, the Montreal-based plane and train maker is attempting to break into the hyper-competitive larger aircraft segment currently dominated by Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote) and Airbus EAD.PA.

(Reporting by Solarina Ho; Editing by Alwyn Scott; and Peter Galloway)

 
Bombardier employees and guests watch the CSeries aircraft taxi on the runway for its first test flight in Mirabel, Quebec, September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi