Launch operator Swiss International Air Lines has converted its firm order for 30 Bombardier CS100 jets to specify that 10 of the aircraft be of the larger Bombardier CS300 version.
Bombardier Aerospace announced the re-specification of the Swiss International Air Lines order at the Paris Air Show 2015 on June 15.
The original purchase agreement for 30 Bombardier CS100 single-aisle jets was signed by Deutsche Lufthansa AG on Swiss International Air Lines’ behalf and was announced in 2009.
“With its size and its low operating costs, the CS300 aircraft ideally complements the CS100 aircraft and the rest of our European fleet,” says Harry Hohmeister, chief executive officer for Swiss International Air Lines. “With both versions of the new C Series family of aircraft in our ranks, we can be highly flexible in tailoring capacity to demand on our European routes.”
A new nomenclature change by Bombardier Aerospace has seen the manufacturer re-designate its new commercial-jet family as the ‘C Series’ rather than the ‘CSeries’, which was the way the company previously rendered the designation.
“This addition exemplifies the benefits of operating a family of aircraft – the CS100 aircraft provides the extraordinary field performance needed for operations at some very challenging airports, while the CS300 aircraft provides outstanding economics,” says Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
According to Bombardier Aerospace, the C Series offers operators potential fuel-burn savings of between US$ 7.5 to 12 million per aircraft.
In flight-testing the aircraft are delivering more than a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage compared to in-production aircraft, and a greater than 10 per cent advantage compared to re-engined aircraft, says Bombardier.
The CS100 and CS300 have parts commonality of more than 95 per cent, as well as the same type rating. Both models are powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G geared-turbofan engines.
Bombardier has designed the C Series aircraft to focus on the 100-to-150-seat market segment, in order to open up new opportunities for single-aisle aircraft operations.
To date the manufacturers has booked orders and commitments for 603 C Series aircraft, including firm orders for 243.