September 16, 2013 / 5:06 PM / 5 years ago

Bombardier CSeries lands, ends first flight

MIRABEL, Quebec (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc’s (BBDb.TO) 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.

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

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) and Airbus EAD.PA.

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

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