On Friday, Bombardier announced that Swiss International Airlines took delivery of their first CS300 aircraft at Bombardier’s C Series manufacturing facility in Mirabel, Canada. SWISS has planned the CS300’s first commercial maiden flight on June 1, 2017, operating from Geneva to Heathrow. The airline intends to take delivery of 30 total CS100 and CS300 aircraft.
“We are very proud to deliver SWISS’s first CS300 aircraft today. SWISS is known for its leading-edge technical and operational excellence and has been a wonderful partner for the C Series aircraft program. The SWISS family has been part of the C Series journey from the beginning and we thank the airline for its continuous support,” said President of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Fred Cromer.
“The C Series aircraft program continues getting strong momentum with its successful entry into service with SWISS and today, the launch airline becomes the first one to take delivery of both the CS100 and the CS300 models,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Additionally, with their CS300 set to be stationed in Geneva, the airline intends to replace their entire Geneva-based fleet with C Series aircraft.
“The C Series airliners demonstrate robust in-service performance to date and we are confident that SWISS will also benefit from a smooth entry-into-service with the CS300 aircraft,” Dewar added.
“We are delighted that, having successfully integrated the first Bombardier CS100s into our fleet from mid-2016 onwards, we can now welcome our first CS300,” said SWISS CEO Thomas Klühr. “With its 20 additional seats, this second model in the C Series family ideally complements our current aircraft fleet, and gives us an optimal equipment mix for our European short and medium-haul services.”
Bombardier has currently delivered a total of 12 C Series aircraft, nine to SWISS and the other three to airBaltic. SWISS expects to receive 30 CS100 and CS300 aircraft.
“Our first CS300 will be initially stationed in Geneva, where its superior comfort credentials will be excellently suited to this premium travel market,” Klühr continued. “In fact, our entire Geneva-based fleet will soon consist solely of Bombardier C Series aircraft.”