An unidentified firm order announced in June 2011 for 10 Bombardier CS100s, plus options for six more, was placed by Bahrain-based Gulf Air, Bombardier has revealed. Russian lessor Ilyushin Finance, meanwhile, has received shareholder approval to confirm its order for 32 CS300s, plus options for 10 more. This takes firm orders for the CSeries to 177. The first aircraft, FTV1, has begun fuel-testing ahead of an initial flight planned for this month.

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