Bombardier Aerospace has begun a period of route proving flights with its new CSeries CS100 aircraft ahead of entry into commercial service in the next few months with Swiss.
The flights will take place from Zurich, where the airline will base its aircraft, on routes to destinations such as Brussels, Vienna and Warsaw.
“The CS100 aircraft continues to attract curiosity and keen interest when visiting airports around the world and now, it will be spotted in cities across SWISS’ network — performing as if already a member of the airline’s fleet,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “It’s an exciting time as we look forward to these flights and to the close collaboration with our friends at SWISS — together we are preparing for the C Series aircraft’s entry-into-service. The route-proving flights will bring the C Series aircraft closer to the flying public in Europe who will ultimately be amongst the first in the world to fly aboard the aircraft – the first all-new airliner built for the 100- to 150-seat market in close to three decades.”
“As the launch customer and the first airline that will operate the CS100 aircraft, the European route- proving program is very important to us and will provide a real indication of how the aircraft will operate in our network when we take delivery of our first CS100 aircraft in the next few months,” said Peter Wojahn, Chief Technical Officer, Swiss International Air Lines.
The CS100 aircraft involved in the European route proving is C-FFCO.
The eighth and final CSeries test aircraft has also rolled off the production line this month. The second CS300 model, it will be involved in demonstrating cabin interior fittings and configurations.
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