- First production CS100 aircraft readies for function and reliability tests as C Series starts advancing towards final phase of flight testing
- CS100 aircraft visits Toronto to perform demonstration flight for employees and local stakeholders including Toronto-based CSeries and Q400 customer, Porter Airlines
Bombardier announced today that its all-new CS100 aircraft has successfully completed all noise performance testing and preliminary 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 city centre operations.
The first production CS100 aircraft will soon commence function and reliability testing, signaling the start of the final flight testing phase. For these tests, the aircraft will operate on a commercial airline type of schedule from key airports in North America.
The announcements were made today on the occasion of a CS100 flight demonstration at Bombardier’s Toronto site where the aircraft performed for employees, local government representatives, business leaders, media and Toronto-based C Series customer and long-time Q400 operator, Porter Airlines. The demonstration aircraft -- flight test vehicle five (FTV5) -- was painted in the livery of launch operator SWISS.
“It’s always a thrill to see the C Series aircraft in a new city and today marks a proud achievement as we experience the aircraft’s Toronto debut," said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “With a solid plan targeting certification by year-end 2015, and entry into service with SWISS in the first half of 2016, we are working with existing and potential customers as they explore opportunities and develop business cases around the C Series jetliners.”
“The excitement around the C Series grows every time we meet or surpass our performance targets,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We announced previously that the C Series aircraft are exceeding their original targets for fuel burn, payload, range and airfield performance. Now we are delighted that the CS100 aircraft’s noise performance tests have confirmed it as the quietest in-production commercial jet in its class.
“The C Series certification program is now over 85 per cent complete,” added Mr. Dewar.
Earlier this year, Bombardier announced that the C Series aircraft's maximum range is confirmed to be up to 3,300 NM (6,112 km), some 350 NM (648 km) more than originally targeted. The aircraft is delivering more than a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage compared to in-production aircraft, and a greater than 10 per cent advantage compared to re-engined aircraft. This means that one C Series aircraft could reduce an operator’s carbon emissions by up to 6,000 tonnes each year. The C Series will also emit 50 per cent fewer NOX emissions than the CAEP 6* NOX emission standards.
Bombardier assesses the environmental impact of its aircraft throughout their life cycles. Through its design, manufacturing, operations and recyclability, the C Series aircraft will be issued an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) upon entry into service – an industry first.
About C Series Aircraft
The C Series family of aircraft, representing the fusion of performance and technology, is a 100 per cent all-new design that offers operators potential savings of between US$ 7.5 to 12 million per aircraft.
The aircraft are delivering more than a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage compared to in-production aircraft, and a greater than 10 per cent advantage compared to re-engined aircraft.
In addition to delivering best-in-class economics with the C Series aircraft, Bombardier has placed considerable emphasis on cabin design to ensure an excellent passenger experience. The C Series aircraft’s larger seats, overhead bins and windows create a widebody feel that offers passengers unparalleled comfort.
The CS100 and CS300 aircraft have over 95 per cent parts commonality, as well as the same type rating. The groundbreaking Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1500G engine, combined with advanced aerodynamics, delivers reduced fuel burn, noise and emissions, increasing the aircraft’s environmental and social compatibility.
By focusing on the 100- to 150-seat market segment, Bombardier has designed the C Series aircraft to deliver unparalleled economic advantage to operators and to open up new opportunities for single-aisle aircraft operations.
Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 603 C Series aircraft, which include firm orders for 243.
Bombardier is the world’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.
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Marianella de la Barrera
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft