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Bombardier delivers first wide-seated, big-windowed CS100 to SWISS

Bombardier delivers first wide...
The CS100 is a narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range jet airliner
The CS100 is a narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range jet airliner
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The CS100C will enter service with SWISS this month
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The CS100C will enter service with SWISS this month
Bombardier says the engines are efficient and quiet 
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Bombardier says the engines are efficient and quiet 
The CS100 is a narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range jet airliner
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The CS100 is a narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range jet airliner
The CS100 will seat between 100 and 150 people
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The CS100 will seat between 100 and 150 people
Wider seats make for a wide body feeling inside
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Wider seats make for a wide body feeling inside
The Bombardier CS100 takes flight
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The Bombardier CS100 takes flight
The CS100 is claimed to be cheaper than Airbus or Boeing products to run
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The CS100 is claimed to be cheaper than Airbus or Boeing products to run
SWISS is the first airline to get its hands on the Bombardier CS100
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SWISS is the first airline to get its hands on the Bombardier CS100
The plane's first flight will be from Zurich to Paris
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The plane's first flight will be from Zurich to Paris
The CS100 gets its livery
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The CS100 gets its livery
A pre-livery CS100
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A pre-livery CS100
The team at SWISS with their new plane 
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The team at SWISS with their new plane 
The cabin has big windows and storage bins 
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The cabin has big windows and storage bins 
The plane takes flight at Farnsborough International Airshow
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The plane takes flight at Farnsborough International Airshow

When it comes to commercial airplanes, Airbus and Boeing are the two big players, while Brazil's Embraer S.A. and Canada's Bombardier Aerospace fight it out for the title of the world's third largest airplane manufacturer. Bombardier is getting a head start on its rival with the first of its new CS100 aircraft handed over to Swiss International Airlines and due to enter service later this week.

Bombardier may not be a household name, but most US frequent fliers have probably ridden in one of its planes. Having acquired Canadair in 1986, the company manufactures Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) models for Delta and American Airlines, as well as international carriers like Garuda, China Express Airlines and Rwandair.

Even though it's still a single-aisle aircraft, the CS100 is a bigger, more sophisticated proposition than those little CRJs. It is the first aircraft in Bombardier's C-Series family of narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range jet airliners and is intended as a direct competitor to the Embraer E195-E2, which isn't due to enter service until 2019.

Designed to hold between 100 and 150 passengers (the Embraer E195-E2 will carry up to 144), Bombardier is at pains to point out the extra-wide seats, big windows and capacious overhead bins of the CS100.

When it says wider seats, the company's not talking about a minuscule improvement either. While the Boeing 737 has 17.3-in (43.9-cm) seats, the Airbus A319's pews are 18.0-in (45.7 cm) wide, and the Embraer E195-E2's seats will be 18.3 in (46.5cm) wide, the CS100 has 19.0-in (48.3-cm) seats.

Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines, Bombardier is claiming a maximum range of 3,300 nautical miles (6,112 km/3,798 mi) for the aircraft. The engines, when combined with the plane's shape, should make for efficient, low emissions flying and a quiet ride for passengers. That combination, according to the company, should open the door for carriers to run routes previously considered too expensive.

Swiss International Airlines (SWISS) will be the first airline to take delivery of the C-Series planes, and service of the first CS100 is set to begin on July 15 with a flight from Zurich to Paris-Charles de Gaulle. It will also be used on routes to Warsaw, Brussels, Nice, Stuttgart, Hanover, Milan, Florence and Bucharest.

Source: Bombardier

2 comments
Robert in Vancouver
As a Canadian, I hope Bombardier succeeds, but I'm not willing to subsidize them or bail them out with my tax dollars.
Calson
With ever fatter Americans trying to squeeze into airplane seats (and no viable train alternatives in the USA) having an extra inch of width is a move in the right direction. Better option would be to have some rows with 24 inch wide seats and let passengers pay for the upgrade in space. Even less horizontally expansive passengers would pay an extra 15% for a wider seat and not having to bump elbows with the people sitting beside them for hours.