“I am hugely proud that we will now be the first operator of the most advanced and innovative aircraft in its class in the world,” says Thomas Klühr, Swiss’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our new Bombardier CS100 is extremely efficient and only half as loud as comparable aircraft types. For our customers it ushers in a new era in inflight comfort.”
The first of its 30 jets on order – which are a combination of CS100s and the larger CS300 – will gradually replace the present Swiss Avro RJ100 fleet between now and mid-2017. Following that, the subsequent C Series deliveries will partly replace other aircraft types and partly permit modest fleet growth.
In Swiss configuration the Bombardier CS100 will seat 125 passengers. With its advanced engine technology, systems and construction materials the new twinjet sets new benchmarks in comfort, economic and ecological terms. It is 10-15 decibels quieter than comparable aircraft types; and both its fuel consumption and its carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced by up to 25%.
The cabin interior features large and closely-spaced windows that allows for more light. The innovative seat from manufacturer ZIM boasts a special design that includes a single central table support, providing optimum comfort and more legroom with the same seat pitch. The overhead bins offer ample room for passengers’ carry-on baggage. And the state-of-the-art cockpit and the ergonomically-conceived galley, which were both developed in close collaboration between Bombardier and Swiss, have been specifically designed to meet crew wishes and needs.
New Bombardier CS100 HB-JBA will perform its first Swiss commercial flight on Friday 15 July: LX 638 from Zurich to Paris Charles de Gaulle, departing at 12:30. The innovative new aircraft’s entry into service will be the second Swiss fleet milestone this year, following February’s successful service entry of the Boeing 777-300ER. The new C Series will give Swiss one of the youngest aircraft fleets in Europe. In addition to Paris, Swiss is making Manchester, Prague and Budapest its first CS100 destinations.
Danica Helfrich, Head of Swiss South Africa, states that local travellers using Zurich as a hub to transfer on to other destinations in Europe will be able to experience the new Bombardier aircrafts on select routes. “The service offered in the Bombardier C Series offers unparralelled style, comfort, and sophistication, providing the traveller with an experience that is unforgettable.”
The Swiss C Series route network will be further expanded at the end of August with the addition of Warsaw and Brussels. Nice, Stuttgart, Hanover, Milan, Florence and Bucharest will follow in September. And further destinations will be switched to the new twinjet from their present Avro RJ100 operation with each CS100 delivery. The Zurich-London City route is expected to switch to C Series operation in the first quarter of 2017.
Further information on the Bombardier C Series: http://www.world-of-swiss.com/de/cseries