SWISS dedicates its first CS300 to Swiss Romandy

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As a testimony to its commitment, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is dedicating its very first Bombardier CS300 to Swiss Romandy and its citizens. A wide-scale two-phase competition was held over a number of months. Firstly, SWISS asked the Swiss Romands: “What does Swiss Romandy mean to you?” The response quote was phenomenal: more than 7,000 people answered with a slogan, a phrase or just a word. Their replies once again demonstrated the diversity and richness of Swiss Romandy. But all the answers had one thing in common: pride in the region, its nature, its inhabitants and their achievements. There was also a second question: “Who is your Swiss Romand hero?” SWISS received many testimonies inspired by very poignant personal stories, sometimes amusing but mostly moving. SWISS then chose 49 of these stories at random and their heroes’ names are each printed on one of the seats of the new aircraft.

The artist: Mathias Forbach, also known as Fichtre

The artist was truly inspired by the competition results. Mathias Forbach, also known as Fichtre, immersed himself in the replies before producing a graphic interpretation of the plethora of ideas put forward on this beautiful region. He says of the project: “Every artist’s goal is to broadcast their art and give it wings … what better way to do that than on an aeroplane!”

A special livery for the first SWISS CS300

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“The Swiss Romands’ aeroplane”, the CS300, will wear its new colours for the next 12 months. No less than 300 square metres of special film were printed and carefully applied to the plane in a 36-hour-long process. The aircraft will be based in Geneva and will serve 27 destinations including Palma (in summer), St. Petersburg (in winter) and Dublin (all year round).

SWISS renews its Geneva fleet

The CS300 has 145 seats, 20 more than the CS100. By the end of 2018, the SWISS short-haul fleet in Geneva will consist exclusively of Bombardier C Series. In total, the company plans to add one CS100 and seven CS300s to replace (amongst others) the seven Airbus A320-family aircraft currently stationed at Cointrin airport. SWISS is thus reaffirming its commitment to the Geneva site and Swiss Romandy as a whole.

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Bombardier CS300 jetliner awarded Type Validation by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today (December 14th, 2016) that its CS300 airliner has been awarded its Type Validation by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This most recent approval means that both the CS300 aircraft and the smaller CS100 aircraft are now approved by Transport Canada, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the FAA.

The FAA recently conducted an operational evaluation on the CS100 and CS300 aircraft and determined that both aircraft will share the same pilot type rating — allowing operators to benefit from significant cost-saving opportunities.

“These airworthiness validations by international authorities recognize the exhaustive process and excellent work done by Bombardier, in conjunction with Transport Canada, who awarded the C Series aircraft their original aircraft type approvals,” said François Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer and Head of Bombardier’s Design Approval Organization. “C Series aircraft combine new materials, new manufacturing processes and new design philosophies, which are fully recognized through the completion of these validations by major international authorities.”

“The SWISS CS100 airliners have had very strong in-service performance to date and are now in their fifth month of operation; and earlier today, the CS300 aircraft entered revenue service with airBaltic’s first passenger flight from Riga to Amsterdam. By also announcing the FAA’s Type Validation on the CS300 aircraft and the same pilot type rating for the CS100 and CS300 aircraft, we are truly having an exciting day and are very proud of meeting all these key C Series aircraft program milestones!” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

“There are airlines around the world that are very interested in the C Series aircraft family but have been waiting for in-service operational experience before committing to the program. We are confident they will really like what they see as the C Series aircraft family continues to meet or exceed the goals that were established for the program,” added Mr. Dewar.

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Bombardier CS300 aircraft successfully starts revenue service with airBaltic

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today (December 14th, 2016) congratulated launch operator airBaltic on the superb execution of the CS300 aircraft’s first commercial flight. With 120 passengers aboard, including local media, the flight departed Riga and landed in Amsterdam. airBaltic is operating the CS300 aircraft in a 145-seat, two-class configuration. The airline has ordered a total of 20 CS300 aircraft.

“airBaltic has been counting down the days to this landmark moment. During its maiden commercial flight today, the CS300 aircraft performed beyond our expectations and offered a new level of travel experience for our customers,” said Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer, airBaltic. “We look forward to serving many communities across Western Europe and the Eastern markets with the CS300 aircraft – the largest variant in the world’s most efficient and environmentally friendly family of airliners.”

“As one of the World’s Most Innovative Airlines, airBaltic’s flawless entry-into-service of the state-of-the-art CS300 aircraft signals the airline’s progress with its fleet modernization strategy,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CS300 aircraft’s entry-into-service also confirms Bombardier’s successful execution on our commitment to deliver the only all-new family of single-aisle airliners the 100- to 150-seat market in 30 years.”

“Today’s commercial flight highlights the remarkable journey between airBaltic and Bombardier as the CS300 aircraft is brought to market,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We salute airBaltic, our employees, suppliers and industry stakeholders for their steadfast loyalty to the success of the C Series aircraft program.”

Since entering revenue service with SWISS, the CS100 aircraft has completed more than 1,600 flights — carrying over 156,560 passengers, covering over 1,181 500 km and serving 18 destinations.

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Bombardier delivers first CS300 aircraft to airBaltic

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Courtesy: airBaltic

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today (November 28th, 2016) announced the delivery of the first CS300 aircraft to launch operator Air Baltic Corporation AS (airBaltic), the flag carrier of Latvia. The CS300 is the larger variant of Bombardier’s all new C Series aircraft, which is designed to carry between 130 and 150 passengers. The handover to airBaltic comes just five months after the successful entry into service of the CS100 variant of the C Series.

“We are thrilled to be taking home the first CS300 aircraft – the newest member of the most innovative and technologically advanced family of airliners in the world,” said Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer, airBaltic. “With its longer range capabilities, lower fuel burn and reduced noise emissions compared to other airliners in its segment, the CS300 aircraft will enable airBaltic to open new routes and connect people all across Europe, while offering passengers an unparalleled in-flight experience.

“I would like to congratulate the entire Bombardier team; we are proud to collaborate with you on this great achievement,” added Mr. Gauss.

“We congratulate airBaltic, the first airline in the world to operate the CS300 aircraft, for its forward-thinking vision. We thank them for their partnership and long-standing support and wish them continued success” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Wherever the C Series aircraft takes to the skies, it will be an ambassador for Bombardier and a symbol of Canadian innovation and achievement as the most technologically advanced aircraft for the 100- to 150-seat market segment.”

“The delivery of the first CS300 aircraft is a major milestone and is the culmination of dedicated hard work and collaboration by thousands of employees, partners and suppliers. I congratulate the entire team for their commitment to the C Series aircraft program and for their perseverance in making this day possible,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

”It is with pride that I acknowledge this significant, symbolic delivery, which once again confirms Québec’s judicious decision to act as Bombardier’s partner in the development and the industrialization of C Series aircraft. Indeed, Bombardier, which contributes $8.5 billion to Québec’s gross domestic product, equivalent to 2% of the province’s economy, is not only a key stakeholder in the Québec aerospace industry but is also generating substantial spinoff for the Québec economy overall,” Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy Dominique Anglade noted.

The maiden commercial flight of airBaltic’s first CS300 aircraft, which will take passengers from Riga to Amsterdam, is scheduled for December 14, 2016.

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First Operator airBaltic ramps up for Bombardier CS300 aircraft entry-into-service

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Courtesy: Bombardier.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today (October 12th, 2016) that excellent progress is being made in preparation for the CS300 aircraft’s entry-into-service (EIS) with launch operator Air Baltic Corporation AS (“airBaltic”) later this year. In addition to the receipt of the CS300 aircraft Type Validation awarded by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last week, the  first set of six pilots from airBaltic have completed their C Series aircraft pilot initial type rating course, and route-proving exercises with the CS300 aircraft in Europe have been successfully conducted.

During the route-proving exercises, airBaltic’s crew successfully simulated ground operations as part of the training program in preparation for EIS. Operating from the airline’s base in Riga, Latvia, the route-proving flights were conducted with the second CS300 flight test vehicle (FTV) using typical airline flight routings and operational procedures. Destinations included Helsinki, Finland; Vilnius, Lithuania; Tallinn, Estonia; Stockholm, Sweden; Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

“Completion of the initial pilot training at the Bombardier Flight Training Centre in St-Laurent, Québec is very exciting as we get closer to entry-into-service readiness,” said Pauls Calitis, Senior Vice President, Flight Operations, airBaltic. “The aircraft is very intuitive, control responsiveness is impressive and the integrated avionics systems make it a pleasure to fly.”

“We are pleased with the successful completion of the route-proving program which provided a great opportunity for our ground crew to gain valuable hands-on experience in preparation for entry-into-service,” said Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer, airBaltic. “It was exciting to see the test aircraft flying from our home-base in Riga and we are looking forward to welcoming the first green-tailed airBaltic CS300 aircraft later this year.”

“With the conclusion of the route-proving program in Europe, the training of the first batch of airBaltic pilots and the receipt of EASA’s Type Validation for the CS300 aircraft last week, we are well on our way to a successful entry-into-service with our CS300 launch customer,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “As airBaltic prepares to operate the CS300 aircraft all over Europe, it was thrilling to see the airliner’s performance capabilities confirmed recently on some of the airline’s current routes, as well at new potential destinations such as Abu Dhabi.”

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Bombardier CS300 aircraft awarded Type Validation by the European Aviation Safety Agency

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Courtesy: Bombardier.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today (October 07th, 2016) that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded Type Validation to Bombardier’s CS300 aircraft. The validation is a requirement for the aircraft’s operation in Europe and a precursor to first delivery to CS300 launch operator, airBaltic of Latvia. Bombardier’s first CS300 aircraft delivery to airBaltic is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016. EASA’s validation follows the CS300 aircraft Type Certification awarded by Transport Canada in July 2016.

“Certifying two clean-sheet aircraft within a nine-month period is a major aviation industry achievement and today we celebrate the latest C Series program milestone with the CS300 EASA certification. We owe a great deal of thanks to the hundreds of Bombardier employees and suppliers who have worked so diligently and professionally to design and build the superb C Series aircraft — the only single-aisle jetliners developed for the 100- to 150- seat market segment in close to 30 years,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

“EASA’s approval of our CS300 aircraft, as per schedule, recognizes the significant contribution of our highly skilled engineers and technical experts in the development and testing of the best-in-class C Series aircraft,” said François Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer and Head of Bombardier’s Design Approval Organization. “We fully expect that the CS300 aircraft’s upcoming delivery and entry-into-service with airBaltic will be as successful as for the CS100 aircraft with SWISS.”

“Our teams have produced an impressive family of airplanes with proven technology, performance, passenger amenities, economics and environmental qualifications that are turning heads and will be serving operators well in the future,” said Robert Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program. “Our focus is on the completion of the first production CS300 aircraft for launch operator airBaltic as their teams focus on completing their pilot and crew training for first delivery later this year.”

Bombardier’s smaller CS100 airliner, which was awarded Type Certification by Transport Canada in December 2015, and Type Validations by both EASA and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in June 2016, successfully entered service with launch operator SWISS in July 2016.

Both airBaltic and SWISS have joined Bombardier’s Smart Parts program for the C Series aircraft. The Smart Parts program maximizes aircraft utilization and minimize maintenance costs by providing comprehensive component maintenance, repair and overhaul services, access to strategically located spare parts exchange pools, and on-site inventories based at the airlines’ hubs.

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Bombardier CS300 kicks-off European Route Proving Tour alongside first operator airBaltic

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Courtesy: Bombardier.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced last Tuesday that its CS300 jetliner, the second CS300 flight test vehicle, has embarked on a series of European and Middle Eastern route-proving flights alongside first operator airBaltic of Latvia. The flights – which will operate from the airline’s base in Riga include stops in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tallinn, Estonia and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – will use airBaltic air and ground operational practices.

“It’s exciting for the airBaltic team to welcome the CS300 to its home base in Riga for the first time to see the aircraft simulate operations in our route system that covers much of Europe – all in advance of our first delivery later this fall,” said Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer, airBaltic. “The CS300 aircraft has outstanding performance, admirable efficiency and an impressive cabin that offers maximum comfort and we are looking forward to introducing this fine aircraft to our passengers and airports in our network.”

“Because of the 99 per cent commonality between the CS100 and CS300 aircraft and the diverse routes that award-winning airline airBaltic operates, we are expecting to see a perfect blend of performance, outstanding reliability and operational ground support,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Our teams are working closely together as we ramp up activities for a real indication of how the CS300 will operate in the network and we are confident that its entry-into-service with airBaltic later this year will be impressive.”

With a firm order for 20 CS300 airliners – which will eventually join airBaltic’s 12 Q400 turboprops – the airline will gradually transition to an all-Bombardier fleet. The route-proving flights provide a very good indication of how the aircraft will perform in typical day-to-day airline operations by observing airfield performance, airport turnaround times and on-ground operations at various airports.

Source: Bombardier.