Bombardier C Series aircraft makes its Dublin debut at the 72nd IATA Annual General Meeting

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Courtesy: Bombardier.

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.

Source: Bombardier.

Bombardier signs SWISS as launch customer for C Series aircraft smart parts component support

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Courtesy: Bombardier.

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.”

Source: Bombardier.

SWISS to start Bombardier CS100 operations in mid-July

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Courtesy: Bombardier.

SWISS expects to take delivery of its first Bombardier C Series aircraft – a CS100 – as scheduled at the end of June. And on Friday 15 July the aircraft will take off from Zurich at 12:30 on its first commercial flight: LX 638 to Paris (Charles de Gaulle). The commencement of scheduled operations with the innovative new Bombardier twinjet will mark a further milestone in SWISS history, following the successful service entry of the Boeing 777-300ER.

In addition to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Manchester, Prague and Budapest will also be among the first SWISS destinations to receive Bombardier CS100 service. They will be followed by Warsaw and Brussels at the end of August, and by Nice, Stuttgart, Hanover, Milan, Florence and Bucharest in September. And more and more destinations currently served with the Avro RJ100 will gradually be switched to C Series operation as the new twinjets arrive. The Zurich-London City route is expected to have C Series service from the first quarter of 2017.

C Series flights bookable on swiss.com from today

The first SWISS flights to be operated with the new Bombardier C Series will be published on swiss.com and all further booking platforms in the course of this morning. SWISS expressly points out, however, that the operation of a particular aircraft type on a particular flight can never be guaranteed, as short-notice equipment changes are always possible for operational reasons.

50% less noise and 150 new jobs

SWISS will be the first operator in the world of the C Series, Bombardier’s entirely newly developed short- and medium-haul aircraft. With its state-of-the-art engine, systems and materials technology, the C Series sets new benchmarks in inflight comfort, operating economics and environmental terms. The new twinjet is only about half as loud as comparable aircraft to the human ear. It also consumes up to 25% less fuel and, as a result, will reduce SWISS’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by some 90,000 tonnes. The arrival of the new Bombardier C Series in SWISS’s European fleet will further create some 150 new positions within the company’s cabin crew corps.

Source: SWISS.

 

Lufthansa Group offers new summer vacation destinations

The airlines of the Lufthansa Group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and SWISS – will be even more attractive this summer for business and leisure travellers alike. And, as always, customers can be assured of the top-notch service, the high quality and the reliability of the Lufthansa Group.

In the coming 2016 summer schedules, which enter into effect on 27 March, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group will offer one of the most comprehensive networks of air services in the world, with over 23,140 weekly flights. Via their Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels hubs, and also with numerous point-to-point connections, the Group’s airlines will serve 316 destinations in 101 countries (compared to 321 destinations in 103 countries in Summer 2015).

This vast range of services will be further supplemented by over 18,000 codeshare flights offered in collaboration with some 30 partner airlines to provide Lufthansa Group customers with a virtually worldwide air travel network. The 2016 summer schedules of all the member airlines of the Lufthansa Group are valid from Sunday 27 March to Saturday 29 October.

The main innovations, airline by airline:

Lufthansa

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa will serve 205 destinations with a total of around 10,712 weekly flights in its 2016 summer schedules. New to the intercontinental network is San Jose (USA), which receives five-times-weekly service from 1 July. The San Jose metropolitan region is home to some 3.3 million people. It is also located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, the domicile of countless top-flight companies from the IT and Internet world. Many major corporations in the biotech, pharmaceuticals and medicinal sectors are also based in the region, which is further home to the research laboratories of several car manufacturers.

San Jose is not only attractive to business travelers, though. It is also an ideal starting point for exploring Northern California. And as such it is an appealing alternative to San Francisco, which is just 70 kilometers away.

Lufthansa is also adding two new European destinations to its Frankfurt-based network: Alicante (Spain), which receives a new weekly service, and Tirana (Albania).

In addition to its Frankfurt services, Lufthansa will be offering new long-haul flights to Denver (USA) and Tehran (Iran) from its Munich hub. Denver will receive five weekly services from 11 May, while Tehran will enjoy thrice-weekly service from 4 July.

Lufthansa Munich is adding further leisure destinations this summer, too. The coming 2016 summer schedules bring new services to Santorini and Corfu (Greece) and Porto (Portugal). Porto will receive four-times-weekly service from 24 April, while the two Greek islands will each enjoy one weekly flight from Whitsun onwards.

Demand for travel to and from Eastern Europe is clearly on the rise. And in view of this, Lufthansa will be offering its first flights from Munich to Debrecen (Hungary) and Rzeszów in Southeast Poland. Odessa (Ukraine) also returns to the Munich-based network, served with two weekly flights from 31 March. Tallinn is yet another new destination available from Munich. Flights to the Estonian capital are being offered twice a day in conjunction with Adria Airways.

Lufthansa also plans to further expand its network in collaboration with its partner British Midland. In future, Lufthansa customers will be able to reach Southampton (UK), Norrköping (Sweden) and Bergamo in Lombardy (Italy) non-stop from Munich. And Rostock (Germany) will now receive six weekly flights.

Austrian Airlines

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines Group.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines Group.

Austrian Airlines will offer its customers an extensive network of 130 destinations in 55 countries in its 2016 summer schedules. Services include almost daily flights to all North American destinations: seven times weekly to New York, Washington, Toronto and Chicago, and six times weekly to Miami.

Austrian Airlines will also operate 31 weekly non-stop services from Vienna to Asia in its summer schedules: a five-times-weekly Boeing 767 service to Beijing, up to daily Boeing 777 services to Shanghai, Bangkok and Tokyo, and five weekly flights to Hong Kong.

Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines will serve no fewer than nine new destinations in its summer schedules. Toronto (Canada) joins the growing long-haul network, served five times a week from the end of March. The new service also offers numerous onward domestic connections from and to Toronto, thanks to Brussels Airlines’ close collaboration with Star Alliance partner Air Canada. Accra (Ghana), to which service was launched this winter, remains in the network for the summer schedules.

Closer to home, Brussels Airlines continues to expand its summer services to holiday destinations and European regional airports. The new additions here for Summer 2016 include Nantes (France), Heraklion and Thessaloniki (Greece) and Jerez, Tenerife and Gran Canaria (Spain). The new service to Belfast (UK) City Airport, meanwhile, is a first within the Lufthansa Group.

Last but not least, Brussels Airlines will also have a new German destination, with a new six-times-weekly service on the Brussels-Nuremberg route. All in all, Brussels Airlines will operate some 815 European and 95 intercontinental flights a week this summer with its 50- aircraft fleet.

Eurowings

Courtesy: Lufthansa Group.

Courtesy: Lufthansa Group.

Eurowings will serve 130 points in 41 countries in its 2016 summer schedules from its Berlin (Tegel), Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart and Vienna operating bases. Seven of these points are intercontinental destinations.

New to the Eurowings long-haul network will be Boston (USA) and Mauritius, both served from Cologne. The further long-haul destinations of Bangkok and Phuket (Thailand), Punta Cana and Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) and Varadero (Cuba) also receive their first summer Eurowings service.

New services will further be introduced from Cologne to Varna (Bulgaria), Mahon (Spain) and Brindisi (Italy), which will all be newly served from Düsseldorf, too. Two new points in Turkey – Bodrum and Samsun – will be served from Cologne, while Hanover-Antalya and Düsseldorf-Kutahya Zafer further expand Eurowings’ summer coverage of the Turkish travel market.

Eurowings Stuttgart will offer a new route to Pula (Croatia), while Cagliari (Italy) will be newly served from both Hamburg and Berlin. The Italian market will be further served by flights on the Vienna-Rome and Hamburg-Pisa routes. Summer-schedule destinations from Hamburg include Ibiza (Spain), while Eurowings Düsseldorf offers services to Edinburgh and East Midlands (UK), and to Lisbon (Portugal) and Kavala (Greece).

In further developments, Alicante (Spain) and Bastia (France) will be newly served from Düsseldorf and Vienna this summer. And flights from Vienna to Faro (Portugal) and Valencia (Spain) further supplement Eurowings’ extensive 2016 summer schedules.

SWISS

Courtesy: SWISS.

Courtesy: SWISS.

SWISS will be further adjusting its range of services from Zurich and Geneva in its 2016 summer schedules. Alicante (Spain) receives a new thrice-weekly service from Zurich, while the vacation destination of Lamezia Terme (Italy) will be served weekly from Geneva. The new schedules also see frequencies increased to various existing European and intercontinental destinations. And SWISS’s new flagship Boeing 777-300ER will be introduced onto a number of routes in the course of the timetable period. SWISS will serve 102 destinations in 46 countries in its new summer schedules.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Bombardier and SWISS advance on CS100 aircraft’s entry-into-service activities

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the C Series aircraft program is making excellent progress as the CS100 aircraft readies for delivery and entry-into-service (EIS) with launch operator Swiss International Air Lines (“SWISS”) in Q2 2016. Additionally, the CS300 aircraft has completed over 70 per cent of its certification activities to date and is on target for full certification approximately in mid-year 2016, followed by its planned EIS in the second half of 2016 with airBaltic of Latvia.

“It’s been a very productive start to the year with a lot of activity around the SWISS team completing its initial phase of training on-site for pilots, ground and maintenance crews,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “It was a special treat to celebrate SWISS’ first aircraft ‘powering on’ – meaning electricity and systems ran for the first time on the aircraft. Excitement is building as crews await the maiden flight of their aircraft in the coming months.

“Additionally, components arrived this month and the first CS300 aircraft for launch customer airBaltic is now in production. It’s great to know we’re pacing well to meet our program and customer targets for the year,” said Mr. Cromer.

“As the second CS300 flight test vehicle equipped with a full interior prepares for its first flight, I’m thrilled to confirm we’ve completed more than 70 per cent of the CS300 aircraft’s certification activities,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “This last flight test vehicle is dedicated to cabin and interior certification, but we foresee a smooth road due to the flight crews’ familiarity with the CS100 aircraft and the high degree of commonality between the two models.”

“We are very advanced in our preparations for SWISS’ entry-into-service. Key conferences and workshops for initial provisioning, start-up support, supplier orientation, technical publications and data reporting are completed; and technical training has commenced,” said Todd Young, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “In addition, Bombardier and supplier on-site support is in place; more than 500 users have access to our online Customer Services portal; and we are beefing up our state-of-the-art C Series Customer Response Centre for 24/7 worldwide support.”

In December 2015, Bombardier announced that the CS100 aircraft had received its Type Certificate from Transport Canada. Bombardier’s CS300 aircraft, the larger model, is on track to obtain its Type Certificate  approximately in mid-year 2016, followed by EIS in the second half of 2016 as planned.

Source: Bombardier.

Boeing, SWISS celebrate delivery of airline’s first 777-300ER

Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s first 777-300ER (Extended Range). The latest addition to SWISS’ fleet touched down in Zurich last Friday following a non-stop 4,545 nautical miles (8,418 kilometers) delivery flight from Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center in Everett, WA.

“The delivery of our first flagship marks a new era in Switzerland’s aviation history,” said Harry Hohmeister, CEO of SWISS. “As of today, our customers will enjoy a new dimension of air travel experience.”

The 777-300ER is the new flagship of SWISS’ long-haul fleet and is configured with 340 seats, eight in First Class, 62 in Business Class and 270 in Economy, with wireless internet connectivity throughout. SWISS’ 777-300ER will feature a totally redesigned cabin interior to enhance passenger comfort and will be initially deployed on the airline’s service between Zurich-New York JFK.

“We are honored that a carrier as prestigious as SWISS is now our newest Boeing 777 operator,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “The 777-300ER will provide SWISS’ network with greatly improved efficiencies and it’s a great source of pride for everyone at Boeing that the carrier will utilize this outstanding airplane as its flagship.”

The 777-300ER is one of the most fuel and cost-efficient airplanes in its class and is the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world with an on-time departure rate of 99.5 percent. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane in service. In addition to this delivery, SWISS has eight unfilled 777-300ERs on order from Boeing.

SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group, serving 104 destinations in 48 countries from the Swiss cities of Zurich and Geneva, carrying more than 16 million passengers a year with a fleet of 92 airplanes.

Source: Boeing.

Lufthansa Technik: Comprehensive component support for Boeing 777-300ER from SWISS

Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has contracted Lufthansa Technik to provide component support for its future Boeing 777 long-haul fleet. The corresponding Total Component Support TCS® contract will run for a period of ten years and includes nine aircraft.

Wolfgang Weynell, Senior Vice President Corporate Sales & Marketing at Lufthansa Technik, remarked on the first contract with SWISS for integrated component support saying: “Lufthansa Technik has developed a very ambitious supply concept for SWISS, which is characterized by a high level of service and very short delivery times. Together with the competitive pricing, this was a critical factor in the airline’s positive decision in our favor.”

Lufthansa Technik is working intensively on preparations for supplying components for SWISS. This includes the basic stocking of the home base with spare parts at the airline’s base airport in Zurich. The start date for supply is 1 January 2016.

Lufthansa Technik has wide-ranging expertise in the area of technical support for the Boeing 777. Apart from comprehensive material supply, the support also covers maintenance and overhaul of the different 777 versions, for example by Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI) in Frankfurt among others. The maintenance specialists at Lufthansa Technik also contributed in no small way to the smooth entry into service of the 777 freighter for Lufthansa Cargo.

Lufthansa Technik enjoys a leading position in the overhaul of Boeing 777 landing gear through its subsidiary Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services UK, which is located near London. Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) in Manila is currently building up expertise in the overhaul of 777 aircraft, which is expected to be available in the first half of 2016. Initial technical preparations are also currently underway at Lufthansa Technik for the smooth entry into service of the latest Boeing 777X version at Lufthansa German Airlines.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.