Bombardier CSeries: Jet gets commercial clearance

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Bombardier has hailed an "historic moment" for the company, after its CSeries passenger jet obtained clearance to enter commercial service.

The wings for the new aircraft will be made in Belfast, supporting 800 jobs.

Certification of the CS100 was received from Transport Canada after 3,000 hours of test flying.

The move paves the way for the first passenger flights with Swiss International Air Lines early next year.

Michael Ryan, vice-president of Bombardier Belfast, said: "This is an achievement of which all our employees and our supply chain should be justly proud."

Firm orders have been stuck at 243 since late 2014.

The CSeries - versions of which seat between 110 to 150 - is the firm's attempt to expand from executive jets into a market dominated by Airbus and Boeing.

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