UPDATE 2-Bombardier's CSeries to fly before Sept. 17 -source

Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:32pm EDT
 
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* First flight to occur before Sept. 17 -source

* CSeries flight to take place in Mirabel, Quebec -source

* Bombardier shares up 2.5 percent in midday trading

By Euan Rocha

TORONTO, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc's all-new CSeries aircraft is poised to take to the skies before Sept. 17, when the company is hosting an event to celebrate the maiden voyage, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday.

Montreal-based Bombardier, which has already delayed the new aircraft's maiden flight three times, said on Friday it has now received a flight test permit from industry regulator Transport Canada, paving the way for the maiden flight of the aircraft - the first all-new narrow-body jet to be built in decades.

Bombardier is hoping to carve a niche for itself in the cutthroat airplane market with the fuel-efficient, medium-haul jet, but the all-new CSeries needs an avalanche of orders to be able to vie against Boeing's 737 Series and Airbus's A320 Series aircraft that dominate this segment.

The company, which said last month that it expects the first flight to occur "in the coming weeks," reiterated that message on Friday but would not provide further details.

The source, who was not authorized to discuss the matter, said the flight is likely to occur before Sept. 17, when the company is hosting an event in Mirabel, Quebec for its partners, and others, to celebrate the maiden voyage.   Continued...