C Series: European Route-proving Concluded
Quietest in-production commercial jet
Montréal, Canada, March 23, 2016: Bombardier announced today that the European Route-proving Program with C Series aircraft is concluded. The program was conducted in the network of launch operator Swiss and included over 30 city-pair flights in European cities over a three-week long period.
“Considering that Bombardier inserted the CS100 aircraft into a number of the network operations we currently service, the route-proving program provided us with a real indication of how the C Series will operate in our route system when we take delivery of our first CS100 aircraft in June,” said Peter Wojahn, Chief Technical Officer, Swiss International Air Lines. “As the launch customer and the first airline to operate the C Series aircraft, we are very pleased and impressed with the results.”
“Testing important performance targets using real-life routes is an excellent indication of how reliable the aircraft will be when it flies in the SWISS network,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We’re also delighted that the flying public in Europe, who will ultimately be amongst the first in the world to fly aboard the aircraft, got a chance to see it operating in prime cities over the past few weeks, as we took the opportunity to show the aircraft to a few European airlines.”
The CS100 aircraft conducted flights using typical airline flight routings and operational procedures but with no passengers on board. The flights provided data about the C Series aircraft’s performance in a typical airline schedule to and from different airports. Airfield performance, landings, airport turnarounds and on-ground operations are some of the important characteristics that were observed. The results are aligned with previous observations and confirm that the C Series aircraft is meeting or exceeding original targets. The European route-proving program followed one conducted last year across North America that included more than 35 cities.
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.
Source: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft