Bombardier CSeries lands, ends first flight

MIRABEL, Quebec - Bombardier Inc's new CSeries jetliner landed successfully Monday, ending the first flight in the company's $3.4 billion (S$4.29 billion) programme to develop a new narrow-bodied plane.

The CSeries touched down at 12:23 p.m. EDT (1623 GMT) 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 and Airbus.