FARNBOROUGH 2016: Doing what it says on the cover!

LARA editor Bernie Baldwin, whose first-ever flight was on a Bombardier CRJ100, had the pleasure to board the manufacturer’s new CS100 for a demo flight.

It’s been promoted for how quiet it would be, for the passenger convenience with its large overhead bins, and for how light and spacious the cabin would feel. And fcs100-ftv5-exterior-crop1rom today’s experience on a demonstration flight, the smaller member of the Bombardier C Series family – the CS100 – certainly lives up to its billing.

All the numbers relating to fuel burn, seat-mile costs and trip costs don’t enter into the equation when you’re simply enjoying the ride, albeit a rather bumpy one thanks to the indifferent weather of the good old British summer. Once the aircraft burst through the low cloudbase – in quite rapid time thanks to a takeoff which really showed off the power of the PW1500G engines – it became clear that you wouldn’t want to try an intimate conversation as the ambient noise really is quite low.

cs100-ftv5-interior_1-cropThe higher level of natural light than on many aircraft is certainly noticeable and is likely to be enjoyed by many an airline passenger. I wasn’t carrying the type of bag that so many travellers put in the overhead bins, but the capability for 23-inch deep bags over the 2-seat side and 25-inch deep bags over the 3-seat side should get another nod of appreciation.

It is fully acknowledged by Bombardier that it had hoped for more orders for the C Series family by this point. However, whenever this type of situation arises, hope is often placed on how potential customers might perceive the aircraft differently once they have been able to fly on it.

Whether it fits their business model or not (and here, of course, the numbers must be taken into account), it’s doubtful that many will leave unimpressed by the onboard experience.

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