Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) became the first airline in the world to operate the new Bombardier C Series today when its first CS100 aircraft took off on its first commercial flight. The new “whisperjet” left Zurich for Paris Charles de Gaulle after an appropriate inauguration ceremony at the departure gate. The new Bombardier C Series will gradually replace the present Avro RJ100s on SWISS’s short- and medium-haul routes between now and July 2017.
SWISS commenced scheduled operations with the new Bombardier C Series today when the world’s first Bombardier CS100 aircraft to be delivered to an airline departed from Zurich on flight LX 638 to Paris. The new short- and medium-haul transport, which has also been dubbed the “whisperjet” for its low noise emissions, left Zurich shortly after noon for Paris Charles de Gaulle.
Gate ceremony with Miss Switzerland 2013 Dominique Rinderknecht
The historic first Bombardier C Series flight was duly celebrated at the gate before its departure. SWISS Chief Commercial Officer Markus Binkert presented a special certificate to mark the occasion to passenger Thomas Marks Lee, the world record holder for first flights on a new aircraft type. This was followed by the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was performed together with Dominique Rinderknecht, Miss Switzerland of 2013. The CS100, which was named Kanton Zürich last week, was fully booked for its first-ever commercial flight.
“I am extremely proud that we are the first airline in the world to put this totally newly-developed aircraft into service,” said SWISS CCO Markus Binkert. “The Bombardier CS100 is a class act in every respect: comfort, economics and environmental credentials. And its service entry today ushers in a new era in short- and medium-haul air travel, for our customers in particular.”
Gradual replacement of the Avro RJ100 fleet by July 2017
SWISS has ordered 30 Bombardier C Series aircraft in all – 15 CS100s and 15 of the bigger CS300. The new aircraft will primarily replace the present SWISS Avro RJ100s between now and mid-2017. This will be followed by further C Series deliveries which will partly replace other aircraft types and partly permit some modest growth of the SWISS short- and medium-haul fleet.In addition to Paris Charles de Gaulle, Manchester, Prague and Budapest will be the first SWISS destinations to receive Bombardier CS100 service. They will be joined by Warsaw and Brussels at the end of August, and by Nice, Stuttgart, Hanover, Milan, Florence and Bucharest in September. Further points currently served with Avro RJ100 equipment will switch to C Series operation with each successive delivery. The Zurich-London City route is scheduled to change to C Series service in the first quarter of next year.
Courtesy: Star Alliance.
Swiss International Air Lines last Friday welcomed the Chief Executives of the Star Alliance member airlines to Zurich for their annual summer meeting. The delegation arrived on an exclusive flight operated by the new Bombardier CS100 aircraft branded in the livery of its launch customer SWISS.
The airline is hosting the Alliance’s Chief Executive Board Meeting as part of its celebrations to mark 10 years since it joined Star Alliance in April 2006.
“We are very pleased to be welcoming our fellow Chief Executive Board members to Zurich in this special year – having flown on a very special aircraft – the Bombardier C Series – for which SWISS is the launch customer, said Thomas Klühr, CEO SWISS. “Today (last Friday) we announce that we will convert five of our CS100 orders – numbers 21 to 25 – into CS300s. We will decide at a later stage whether we will make additional conversions”, Klühr added.
The flight to Zurich was the first ever passenger flight with the new Bombardier C Series. SWISS will take delivery of the first Bombardier CS100 this month and the aircraft is will enter service in mid-July this year. The special flight brought the Alliance’s top executives from Dublin, Ireland, where they were gathered for IATA’s Annual General Meeting and where the aircraft could be seen on static display.
“Along with our friends at Star Alliance we were able to offer their member airlines a unique opportunity to aboard the CS100 aircraft from Dublin to Zurich,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “As we approach first delivery and entry-into-service with launch operator SWISS, it was our pleasure to offer this chance to experience first-hand the C Series aircraft’s cabin with its widest aisle, widest seats and largest bins.”
The Star Alliance Chief Executive Board is the 28-member airline group`s top strategic and decision-making body. It typically meets twice per year, once in summer and a second tome close to the year-end. Meetings may be hosted by a member airline or be held in other strategically important locations.
Source: Star Alliance.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the C Series aircraft liveried in first operator Swiss International Airlines’ (SWISS) colours will make its Irish debut in Dublin, Republic of Ireland ahead of the 72nd IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. The CS100 aircraft – flight test vehicle five (FTV5) – will be featured on static display during the event and will be parked at the Dublin Airport where it will host visitors and media tours.
“As we approach first delivery and entry into service with launch operator SWISS next month, it’s our pleasure to be showcasing the CS100 aircraft to influential industry leaders in Dublin during this premier IATA event,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Our execution has been flawless in 2016 and as our teams focus on meeting our commitments, we’re taking every opportunity to update the industry on our progress and continue to promote the C Series aircraft worldwide.”
The first CS100 will be delivered to SWISS in June and is expected to enter service in July 2016.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Swiss International Air Lines (“SWISS”) has selected Bombardier’s Smart Parts Program to provide component support for the airline’s fleet of 30 all-new C Series aircraft. The 10-year agreement positions SWISS as the launch customer for the C Series Smart Parts Program and provides the airline with comprehensive component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, access to a strategically located spare part exchange pool, and an on-site inventory based at the airline’s main hub in Zurich, Switzerland.
SWISS is the launch operator for the C Series aircraft, with the first CS100 aircraft scheduled to be delivered by Bombardier in June 2016. SWISS will take delivery of a total of 30 CS100 and CS300 aircraft.
“As we approach entry-into-service with our CS100 aircraft, we have selected Bombardier as our component services supplier — strengthening our relationship even further,” said Peter Wojahn, Chief Technical Officer, Swiss International Air Lines. “The Smart Parts Program will guarantee part availability and provide us with a cost-effective solution for 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 investments into spare components.”
“As the launch operator for the all-new C Series aircraft, we are pleased to have SWISS join our Smart Parts Program as launch customer,” said Todd Young, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Bombardier is delivering value to SWISS through our tailored Smart Parts Services offering to meet the airline’s specific operational requirements targeted at supporting high dispatch reliability and cost predictability for its fleet of C Series aircraft.”