Bombardier Commercial Aircraft is teaming with Korean Air to showcase a full-scale cabin demonstrator for the manufacturer’s new CSeries airliner at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition from October 18 to 23.
The CSeries aircraft cabin demonstrator is appearing in Korean Air’s display at the exhibition, dressed in the livery of the airline. In July 2011, Korean Air converted a letter of intent – signed in June – into a firm order to acquire 10 Bombardier CS300 aircraft, along with an additional 10 options and 10 purchase rights on CS300 airliners.
Korean Air, South Korea’s flagship airline, will be the launch customer for the Bombardier CSeries jet in Asia. The airline currently operates a fleet of 139 passenger and cargo jets to 117 cities in 39 countries.
“The CSeries family of aircraft’s spacious seating, increased shoulder space, extra large windows and upsized overhead storage will deliver a new level of widebody-style comfort in single-aisle aircraft,” says Chet Fuller, senior vice president, sales, marketing and asset management for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We’re proud that Korean Air has chosen the game-changing CS300 aircraft to meet its route expansion requirements, and we look forward to seeing the technologically advanced aircraft take to the skies in Asia.”
The cabin demonstrator, representing the latest look and feel of the CSeries aircraft interior configuration, features a business class section, an array of economy seats at various pitches and a variety of optional in-flight video displays.
Bombardier says the five-abreast economy section delivers the most seat width per passenger in a single-aisle aircraft, with 5 per cent to 10 per cent more seat width than competitors’ five- and six-abreast aircraft. For added passenger comfort, the CSeries aircraft also features a middle seat that is half an inch wider than the other seats.
Wider windows are positioned at every seat row in the CSeries aircraft and allow more light into the cabin and providing generous viewing angles. Large overhead storage bins offer 20 to 25 per cent more luggage volume per passenger than current narrowbody aircraft, according to Bombardier.
The CSeries family of aircraft combines advanced materials, the latest technology and proven manufacturing methods to meet commercial airline requirements in 2013 and beyond. The CS300 is scheduled to enter into service in 2014.
Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines, the CSeries aircraft family will offer an estimated 15 per cent cash operating cost advantage and a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage, based on a 500-nautical mile North American operating environment; greatly reduced noise and emissions; and superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 nautical miles (5,463 kilometers).
Bombardier has booked 133 firm orders for the CSeries family of airliners, as well as 119 options and 10 purchase rights on CSeries jetliners.
In addition to Korean Air, other customers that have firm orders for CSeries aircraft include Republic Airways (40 CS300s); Deutsche Lufthansa AG (30 CS100s); Lease Corporation International Group (17 CS300s and three CS100s); Braathens Aviation (five CS100s and five CS300s); a well-established, unidentified airline (three CS100s); an unidentified major network carrier (10 CS100s); and an unidentified European customer (10 CS100s).