Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has successfully completed its C Series European route-proving trial. The programme was conducted in partnership with launch customer Swiss International Air Lines and included more than 30 city-pair flights to European destinations over a three-week period.
Peter Wojahn, the airline’s Chief Technical Officer said: “Considering that Bombardier inserted the CS100 aircraft into a number of the network operations we currently serve, the route-proving programme provided us with a real indication of how the C Series will operate in our route system when we take delivery of our first example in June. We are very pleased and impressed with the results. It was equally exciting to see these first set of flights operating from our home-base in Zurich.”
Bombardier dispatched the first production standard CS100, C-FFCO (c/n 50006), to Europe early in March for the trial. The aircraft is fully configured as a passenger airliner and conducted flights using typical flight routings and operational procedures, but with no passengers on board. The flights provided essential data about the aircraft’s performance in typical airline schedules to and from different airports.
Airfield performance, landings, turnarounds and on-ground operations were just some of the many important characteristics that were observed. The Canadian manufacturer says the results from the trials are aligned with previous observations and confirm that the C Series is meeting or exceeding original targets.