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Swiss Opts for More CS300s

Swiss International Airlines has revealed it is converting its five remaining options for the Bombardier C Series to the larger CS300.

The company, which was the launch customer for the CS100, will eventually operate a fleet of ten CS100s and 20 CS300s. Swiss says new aircraft deliveries will reduce the average age of its fleet from 12.5 years to 8.5 years by the end of 2018.

The Star Alliance carrier is also investing CHF100m in refurbishing its five remaining Airbus A340s and launching a programme to introduce inflight connectivity to its medium- and short-haul fleets next year.

“By the end of next year we will have one of Europe’s most advanced and efficient aircraft fleets,” explained Thomas Klühr, Swiss’ CEO.

Investments will also be made at the airline’s Zurich Airport hub. A new First Class Lounge will be introduced on the Check-In 1 concourse by the end of the year providing guests with their own security checkpoint and a dedicated walkway to their limousine transport. The 650m2 facility will also have an à la carte restaurant, a staffed bar and an area equipped with workstations and showers.

The Business Class and Senator Lounges in Terminal A will be refurbished with work scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2018. These investments total more than CHF15m.

“Our new premium product on the ground will offer our customers genuinely new levels of air travel comfort and convenience,” explained Klühr.

This news came on the back of a strong financial year for Swiss in 2016. The carrier reported earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of CHF429m.  “All in all, Swiss can look back on a very successful 2016,” said Klühr.  “We are in sound financial health, and we will continue to invest in our premium air travel product, for the benefit of our customers.”

The carrier warned it expects to post an EBIT for 2017 “slightly below” its 2016 level. It attributed this to the “challenging competitive environment, the strength of the Swiss franc, the present geopolitical uncertainties and the recent tangible increase in the price of oil”.

Bombardier Adjusts C Series Delivery Schedule

Delays in the suuply of Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1500G engine have led Bombardier to revise its C Series delivery schedule.

The Canadian manufacturer had planned to hand over 15 aircraft by the end of the year but this has been adjusted to seven.

“The C Series engine is performing very well in service.  We are working very closely with Pratt & Whitney to quickly address this supplier ramp-up issue and to ensure we have a strong supplier base to support our long-term growth objectives,” explained Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.  “We are very confident in our production ramp-up plan, including our ability to meet our production goal of 90 to 120 aircraft per year by 2020.”

Bombardier has handed over two CS100s to Swiss with a third due for delivery next month.  The manufacturer says the first example of the larger CS300 remains on track to be delivered to launch operator airBaltic in the fourth quarter.

The two aircraft in service with Swiss have flown nearly 400 revenue flights, totalling almost 600 flight hours, and Cromer says their performance has been good.

“We are very pleased with the performance of the C Series during its entry-into-service with our launch customer Swiss,” he revealed.  “The aircraft is meeting all expectations and clearly demonstrating that it is the best performing and most efficient aircraft in the 100- to 150-seat class.”

Last week, Bombardier confirmed that it had received the second and final $500m instalment of the Government of Québec’s investment in the C Series programme.

Heathrow Set to Welcome SWISS C Series

Swiss International Air Lines plans to introduce its new fleet of Bombardier CS100 airliners on flights between Zurich and London Heathrow this winter.

From November 16 until December 10, the launch operator will fly the Canadian-built jet into London on Saturdays, routesonline reports.  From then until January 4, the CS100 will operate into the UK gateway on Wednesdays only.

Services between Zurich and Birmingham will feature the CS100 between six and seven times a week by December 18 and Manchester, one of the type’s first scheduled destinations, will retain a weekly C Series service when the winter timetable comes into force.

Swiss is scheduled to take delivery of nine CS100s by the end of the year.

EASA and FAA Validation for CS100

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.”