Bombardier’s CS100 airliner has been awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Type Validation following a comprehensive testing program. The EASA and FAA awards follow Transport Canada’s Type Certification last December.
Validation from EASA enables Bombardier to deliver the first aircraft to launch operator Swiss International Air Lines at the end of the month. The CS100 is due to enter service with the carrier in mid-July.
Robert Dewar, Vice President, C Series Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said: “In the same week that our C Series aircraft surpassed 5,000 flight hours and the first SWISS aircraft readies for its first flight, we are celebrating another very proud moment with the receipt of the CS100 aircraft EASA and FAA Type Validations. I congratulate our teams for all their hard work in delivering these latest significant accomplishments.
“As we move quickly towards the delivery of the first CS100 aircraft to SWISS, we are gratified that several aviation leaders are confirming what we have been saying all along — the C Series aircraft will open up new opportunities for operators, while delivering unrivalled economic advantages, performance, and environmental credentials.”
François Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer and Head of Bombardier’s Design Approval Organization, added: “Obtaining the CS100 aircraft Type Validations from EASA and the FAA marks one of the final chapters in our very successful test program. Achieving these latest milestones is a direct result of the quality of the work by our highly skilled employees who were involved in the program as well as from the solid collaboration we established with our suppliers.”
Swiss International Air Lines has selected Bombardier’s Smart Parts Program to provide component support for the it’s incoming fleet of 30 C Series airliners. Under the terms of the ten-year agreement the Canadian manufacturer will provide the Swiss carrier with comprehensive component maintenance, repair and overhaul services, access to a strategically located spare part exchange pool and an on-site inventory based at the airline’s main hub in Zurich. Swiss is the launch operator for the C Series, with the first CS100 aircraft scheduled to be delivered by Bombardier in June.
Peter Wojahn, Chief Technical Officer, Swiss International Air Lines commented: “As we approach entry-into-service with our CS100, we have selected Bombardier as our component services supplier – strengthening our relationship even further. The Smart Parts Program will guarantee part availability and provide is with a cost-effective solution to our component maintenance and spare part requirements. This will enable us to secure a successful entry into service and to operate our fleet of C Series aircraft to its full potential, while reducing maintenance-related costs and our own investment into spare components.”
Swiss International Air Lines has released the entry-into-service programme for its incoming Bombardier C Series. The first CS100 is due to join the Zürich-based carrier in late June and will make its commercial debut on July 15, operating flight LX 638 to Paris/Charles de Gaulle. The airline revealed Manchester, Prague and Budapest will be among the initial destinations served by the new jet, followed by Warsaw and Brussels – from late August – and Nice, Stuttgart, Hanover, Milan, Florence and Bucharest in September.
According to Swiss, the new type – which will ultimately replace its outgoing fleet of BAE Systems Avro RJ100s – will set new benchmarks in in-flight comfort, operating economics and environmental factors. The aircraft will also create 150 new jobs at the airline.