Posted on: 07 May 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has announced it will be the first customer to take delivery and operate Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s CSeries jet when the CS100 enters service in the first half of 2016.
Bombardier has also confirmed the CSeries aircraft will make its world debut at the Paris Air Show in June after which it will fly directly to Zurich as part of a demonstration organized for SWISS's local stakeholders. Bombardier is targeting year-end 2015 for CS100 type certification.
The carrier’s parent company, Lufthansa, signed a firm purchase agreement in 2009 for 30 CS100s for SWISS.
“Following the performance results and flight test data, we are pleased that the CSeries aircraft is very much in line with our performance expectations and sustainable fleet requirements. Therefore, we are looking forward to being both the launch customer and the first airline that will operate the CS100 aircraft," commented Harry Hohmeister, CEO, SWISS. “It's an honour to mark this occasion with the confirmation that the CS100 aircraft will make an appearance at our hub in Zurich mid-June.”
“SWISS has long been an interactive and highly engaged customer; participating in the many development aspects of Bombardier's CSeries aircraft – it's only fitting that our friends from SWISS be the first to operate the CS100 aircraft in service,” continued Fred Cromer, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “SWISS and its parent Lufthansa are known for their cutting-edge technical and operational excellence and we look forward to supporting them as our first operator.”