Bombardier's CSeries jet completes first test flight

MONTREAL - Bombardier's CSeries aircraft completed its maiden flight in a successful test run of a new narrowbody airplane.

Thousands of employees, suppliers and invited guests cheered as the CS100 plane lifted off at Mirabel airport north of Montreal on Monday. It landed about 2 1/2 hours later. Bombardier Aerospace president Guy Hachey says the CSeries is the world's first new narrowbody design in 26 years.

The first 110- to 125-seat CS100 is slated to enter into service in about a year.

Montreal-based Bombardier, the world's third-largest maker of civilian commercial aircraft, has said it hopes to capture half the global market of the 100-to-149-seat planes, and has marketed the plane as being 20 per cent more fuel-efficient than the comparable Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 family of aircraft.