PARIS 2015: Swiss converts 10 Bombardier CS100 orders to CS300s

CSeries launch customer Swiss, which originally had 30 CS100s on order, has switched at least 10 of those to the larger CS300 model.

The airline’s CEO Harry Hohmeister explained that after taking 10 CS100 during 2016, the next 10 aircraft from the order will be CS300s, all currently planned for delivery in 2017. The model mix on the final 10 orders has still to be made, but as they are due to be delivered in 2018, Swiss must inform Bombardier of its choice by the end of 2016.

Hohmeister confirmed, though, that there is no plan to change the total number of 30 orders at this time.

On board the aircraft, the cabin of the Swiss CS100s will have 125, with a full business class service being offered. To enable maximum flexibility over how many rows will be needed for the premium service, the seating will still be a 3+2 five-abreast layout at 32 inch pitch, but the middle seat on the ‘3’ and one of the pairing will be left empty, leaving an effective three-abreast section. Hohmeister estimated that the first 6-7 rows would usually suffice for the business class section, whcih will have a moveable curtain divider.

The CEO is looking foward enthusiastically to putting the CS100 into service. “It’s a gamechanger, for example, in terms of airport discussions relating to noise and emissions footprints. And the unit costs 25% are lower than the current aircraft – the Avro RJ100.

“Also it’s so quiet that soon taking the train will be more noisy than taking a flight, which our neighbours will appreciate,” Hohmeister quipped.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/
Le Bourget, Paris, France

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