Swiss International Air Lines receives its first Bombardier CS300 aircraft (Tail: HB-JCA) for new service starting on June 1, 2017 from Geneva, Switzerland to London, United Kingdom.
Swiss International Air Lines
The Zurich based airline was the launch customer of the C-Series and operated the smaller CS100 model since July 2016 as a replace of the older, less capacity and range Avro RJ100s.
In all, Swiss has 30 aircrafts ordered (10 CS100 and 20 CS300) with 9 delivered so far (8 CS100 and 1 CS300). These aircrafts will completely replace the Avro RJ100s and operate Swiss’s regional European network with a mix of business and economy classes. The CS300s will also be used to replace older Airbus A319s and A320s in the fleet.
“We are delighted that having successfully integrated the first Bombardier CS100s into our fleet from mid-2016 onwards, we can now welcome the first CS300,” said Thomas Kluhr, CEO of Swiss.
“Our first CS300s will be initially stationed in Geneva where its superior comfort credentials will be excellently suited to the premium travel market.”
“In fact our entire Geneva based fleet will soon consist solely of Bombardier C series aircraft.”
Swiss has outfitted the aircrafts in the following configurations:
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The new seats designed by ZIM FLUGSITZ have similar pitch as the outgoing Avro RJ100 and the Airbus A320 family aircraftsused by Swiss currently but they are up to 1.5″ (3.8 cm) wider which will improve customer comfort.
All rows are configured as 2-3 with the middle of the 3 side blocked in business class. While separate classes are designated, the airline can change the configuration and create a bigger business class section with higher demand. As with aircrafts used on its European network, the CS100/Cs300 do not have any individual inflight entertainment systems or WiFi connectivity on board. However, Swiss installed screens above every row of seats that will show films and display the flight information during operation.
Swiss will use the C Series exclusively at its Geneva Airport (GVA) base by the end of 2018. 1 CS100 and 7 CS300s will replace the 7 older Airbus A320s operating there. The rest of the order will be based at Zurich Airport (ZRH). The airline first flight with the CS300 is scheduled for June 1, 2017 as LX352 from GVA to London Heathrow Airport (LHR).
Bombardier C Series
The Bombardier C Series was created by the Montreal based company in 2009 to service the short to medium distance (CS100 – 3,100 nmi / CS300 – 5,741 km t0 3,300 nmi / 6,112 km) markets currently occupied by the Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 family. It is a single aisle design with a typical 2-3 single/mixed class or 2-2 business/2-3 economy configurations.
The smaller CS100 can accommodate up to 130 passengers and was put in service in July 2016. The bigger version dubbed CS300 can fit up to 160 passengers was operated in late November 2017 by airBaltic. While it retains the slimmer look of the company’s CRJ series, this aircraft type features bigger windows and have overhead bins that will fit normal carry ons. Additionally, pilots are treated with an industry first use of head-up display which aids visibility. The manufacturer is claiming a 15% cash operating cost advantage and 20% fuel burn advantage over similar type aircrafts.
- 22 airlines ordered 360 C-Series aircrafts as at May 2017 (CS100 – 118, CS300 – 242)
- 12 aircrafts have been delivered (CS 100 – 8, CS300 – 4)
- Swiss International Air Lines is the first to order the C-Series and is the launch customer of the CS100
- airBaltic is the launch customer of the CS300
- Delta Air Lines has the biggest order at 75 CS100
The CS100 model was certified in April 2017 to operate at London City Airport (LCY) which has a short single 1,500-metre (4,900 ft) long runway and tight spacing. This new certification allows the CS100 to take over the title of the highest capacity served by an aircraft at LCY.