C Series Aircraft Route-proving Takes Off in Europe
Bombardier C Series Aircraft Route-proving Takes Off in Europe
Flights using SWISS’ typical operational procedures
Montréal, March 7, 2016: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it has commenced CS100 aircraft route-proving exercises in Europe. The month-long program is underway with a dedicated CS100 route-proving aircraft operated by Bombardier from Zurich, the home base of launch operator Swiss. The route-proving exercises are scheduled to include main European cities. Additionally, Bombardier also confirmed that the last of eight flight test vehicles – the second CS300 aircraft – successfully entered the flight test program in Mirabel, Québec last week. The European route-proving program is being conducted as SWISS readies for the CS100 aircraft’s entry-into-service. The airline’s first CS100 aircraft is scheduled to be delivered by Bombardier in Q2 2016.
“As the launch customer and the first airline that will operate the CS100 aircraft, the European route-proving program is very important to us and will provide a real indication of how the aircraft will operate in our network when we take delivery of our first CS100 aircraft in the next few months,” said Peter Wojahn, Chief Technical Officer, Swiss International Air Lines. The European route-proving program follows one conducted last year across North America that included more than 35 cities. Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft: “The route-proving flights will bring the C Series aircraft closer to the flying public in Europe who will ultimately be amongst the first in the world to fly aboard the aircraft – the first all-new airliner built for the 100- to 150-seat market in close to three decades.”
All noise performance testing on the CS100 aircraft has been completed and data confirms it is the quietest in-production commercial jet in its class. The aircraft’s noise performance and its outstanding short-field capability make it ideal for varied types of operations. Due to its fuel efficiency the C Series aircraft’s maximum range has also been confirmed to be up to 3,300 NM (6,112 km), some 350 NM (648 km) more than originally targeted. Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 678 C Series aircraft, which include firm orders for 243.
Source: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft