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Bombardier to launch CSeries maiden flight before Sept 17

Canadian planemaker Bombardier Inc.'s all-new CSeries aircraft is set to take to the skies before September 17, when the company is hosting an event to celebrate the maiden voyage, Reuters has reported, citing a source familiar with the situation. Bombardier, which has already delayed the new aircraft's maiden flight three times, said 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. The firm said the first flight of the CSeries jet is also contingent on "optimal" weather conditions.