Bombardier C Series aircraft makes its first passenger flight
Bombardier successfully completed the C Series aircraft demonstration flight carrying senior executives from about twenty Star Alliance member airlines and media representatives from Dublin to Zurich at the conclusion of the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The CS100 airliner carrying 100 passengers, along with six Bombardier crew members, was operated by Bombardier’s crew and featured the livery of launch customer Swiss International Air Lines (“SWISS”). The flight took one hour and 50 minutes to complete and consumed 20% less fuel than competing single-aisle aircraft currently flying that route.
“It was a pleasure to welcome our fellow Star Alliance 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 of SWISS. “We are really looking forward to welcoming the CS100 into our fleet when we take delivery in a few weeks.”
On July 15, SWISS will put its first CS100 aircraft into service, becoming the first airline in the world to operate the new Bombardier C Series.