Posted on: 13 July 2016 by Mark Howells
The Bombardier CS100 has been hailed by London City Airport CEO Declan Collier (right in pic) as the aircraft which will be key in driving the growth in passenger numbers over the coming years.
“The C Series CS100 is perfectly configured for that. Operators could have a 25% increase in capacity for the same number of slots,” Collier explained. “Moreover, it is more fuel efficient and with the fuel price likely to go up, it has come at the right time.”
Collier also noted that the type will open up connectivity to the Middle East and the Gulf, Turkey and North American cities such as New York, Toronto and Chicago. It is also important closer to home.
“The ability to operate near local communities with low noise is valuable,” he remarked. The landing and takeoff profile is part of our mitigation in dealings to develop the airport. Our new shareholders are set to invest around £350 million on a new parallel taxiway, more stands and expansion of the terminal to both east and west.”
With regard to the new stands, the wider wingtip-to-wingtip nature of the CS100 has played a role in the airport deciding to add seven code C stands, Collier explained. “We have the quickest turnaround times of any airport in the UK. We need the width on those stands but beyond that, from a ground handling point-of-view, the C Series is an incredible aircraft. So we’re anxious to get permission to enable the development as quickly as possible.”
The airport’s local council passed the plans but the previous London mayor put a block on them. However Collier has already had talks with new London mayor Sadiq Khan and reported that the mayor had “an immediate understanding of what LCY brings to London”.
The expansion will generate approximately £750 million extra to take turnover to between £1.5-2 billion a year, plus it will create about 2,000 extra jobs at the airport. “That’s important for the local economy as two-thirds of the people who work at the airport live within 5 miles of the airport.”
An appeal process is under way which will be decided upon by the Secretary of State for Community & Local Government and the Secretary of State for Transport.
C Series aircraft program vice-president, Rob Dewar (left in pic), explained that Bombardier designed the CS100 “from the beginning” to operate at London City. “There are specific flight control and thrust settings with button to select them for operations at LCY.
“A regular glideslope is 3°, while London City’s is 5.5°. However, we have to test and validate at 8.5°,” Dewar noted. “We’re currently doing software validation and integration, which will be followed by flight tests at the airport in the autumn and certification by the year-end. We have already practised such landings in Roswell.
“Once we have that the CS100 will offer the longest range of any aircraft at the airport with 2,350 nm for a standard 108 passengers. And for an all-business class service with lie-flat beds, the CS100 will be able to carry 42 passengers directly to New York.”
Dewar highlighted that the quoted range is 140 nm better than that published in the original brochure. “We’ve achieved that through a combination of different settings for slats and flaps. We’ve been able to optimise the takeoff setting and better integrate the climb thrust,” he commented.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/laranews.net