Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (Montréal, QC, Canada) reported on June 6 the successful completion of a C Series aircraft demonstration flight carrying senior executives from about 20 Star Alliance member airlines and media representatives. The historic flight of the composites-intensive C Series aircraft departed Dublin at the conclusion of the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on June 3.
The CS100 airliner carrying 100 passengers, along with six Bombardier crew members, was operated by Bombardier’s crew and featured the livery of launch customer Swiss International Air Lines. With passengers, their luggage and fuel on board, Bombardier confirmed to passengers that its calculations indicated the aircraft could have flown direct from Dublin to Montréal. Bombardier says the one hour and 50 minutes flight from Dublin, Republic of Ireland, to Zurich, Switzerland, consumed 20% less fuel than competing single-aisle aircraft currently flying that route.
“It was a pleasure to welcome our fellow Star Alliance Chief Executive Board members to Zurich in this special year, having flown on a very special aircraft – the Bombardier C Series – for which SWISS is the launch customer,” said Thomas Klühr, CEO, SWISS. “We are really looking forward to welcoming the CS100 into our fleet when we take delivery in a few weeks.”
“As we approach first delivery and entry-into-service with launch operator SWISS, showcasing the CS100 aircraft to Star Alliance members and media provided them with first-hand experience of the C Series aircraft’s flight deck and cabin in operation," said Fred Cromer, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The quiet, steep take-off and climb out to 37,000 feet [11,278m] impressed us all and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and complimentary — all in anticipation of the aircraft entering commercial service this summer. Our business case for the C Series aircraft is coming to fruition and we are confident that our strategic plan is on track.”