Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Swiss First Revenue Flight At London City Airport On Bombardier C Series

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Swiss International Airlines, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and London City Airport celebrated in style yesterday as the airline made its first revenue flight into the city airport using its brand new technologically advanced C Series aircraft yesterday.

“We are proud to see the C Series aircraft in SWISS livery landing at London City Airport for the first time. This new milestone continues the momentum propelling the C Series aircraft program,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CS100 aircraft has the perfect combination of steep approach and short field capability as well as longer range. These attributes provide airlines with the opportunity to reach new markets from London City Airport and other challenging airports around the globe, generating an increased level of interest in the C Series program.”

The airports fire service performed a traditional water arch salute as the new aircraft arrived at the airport from Zurich.  “As part of our fleet modernization plan, we are gradually replacing the Avro aircraft with the C Series and today, we start with our CS100 flight operations from Zurich to London City as the world’s first airline. We are excited to offer our guests the benefits of the C Series such as more comfort on this important route,” Commented Peter Koch, C Series Fleet Chief, SWISS.

SWISS will operate the stylish CS100 regularly into London City Airport from its main hub in Zurich now with flights from Geneva using the jets starting in the summer of 2018.  

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“The inaugural commercial flight of the Bombardier C Series by SWISS is a landmark moment for London City Airport, the culmination of five years preparation to bring this next generation aircraft into operation,” said Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport. “The introduction of the C Series is an important part of London City’s growth plans. As one of the quietest and most fuel efficient commercial jets in its class, and thanks to its longer range, we can also unlock opportunities for new routes, including the possibility of non-stop services to the east coast of USA, Russia, the Gulf and Middle East.”

The C Series is now the largest passenger aircraft certified to operate from the London City Airport with the longest range. A single-class CS100 aircraft can also fly 2,200 nm (4,074 km) from London City. The CS100 jetliner is the only commercial aircraft that can fly London City-New York non-stop, in an all-business class configuration.

Thanks to leading-edge innovation, the C Series is understood to be the most community and environmentally-friendly aircraft in its class and is surprisingly quiet with a low-emission footprint. This makes it an ideal airline for city airports, such as London City Airport, that often have increased noise regulations due to steep arrival and departure requirements.  

There is no doubt the C Series aircraft are a beautiful sight to behold both in the air and on the ground, exuding class and charm that is all too often missing from modern commercial aircraft these days. 

Jason Shaw
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