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The C Series era begins

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Bombardier CS100 HB-JBA, the first aircraft to be delivered of our 30-unit Bombardier C Series order, entered service on 15 July. The aircraft had arrived in Zurich two weeks earlier accompanied by the legendary Breitling Lockheed Super Constellation, and had been warmly welcomed by many of our people and aviation fans. A few days later the new arrival was named Kanton Zürich at a media event to present our new C Series to the world. And our employees have also had the chance to get to know our innovative new twinjet inside and out, both at our staff party and in a series of special scenic flights.

The first of our 30 Bombardier C Series aircraft touched down in Zurich at 17:09 on Friday 1 July. After a low pass along Runway 16, accompanied by the legendary Breitling Lockheed Super Constellation, CS100 HB-JBA landed to a warm reception by a large crowd of aviation fans and further spectators. Our first C Series aircraft had arrived via Dublin from Bombardier’s Mirabel (Montreal) works. The delivery flight was performed by Peter Koch, our C Series Fleet Chief and Head of our C Series Programme. “It was a great honour and a personal thrill for me to fly our first C Series aircraft to Switzerland,” he said. “The reception we were greeted with by the people and our partners was very moving, and will stay with me forever.”

Bombardier hands over our first C Series aircraft

Before the delivery flight was possible, the official handover, i.e. the transfer of title, took place on 29 June at Montreal/Mirabel, with HB-JBA transferred into SWISS ownership on the plant premises of Bombardier. That same evening a grand handover ceremony and celebrations were held in its honour. Invited guests naturally included all the project members as well as the Bombardier staff who had assisted in realizing this demanding project over the past eight years. In their words of thanks, representatives of both Bombardier and SWISS praised the good cooperation, which, even if it had not always been simple, had always been fair. All were unanimous in agreeing that, as a result, business partners had become friends. A special video projected onto the C Series works aircraft retold the story of how the jet had come about, culminating in the emergence of the red tail fin bearing the SWISS logo. The actual SWISS aircraft was then showcased in front of the plant building among billowing dry ice, and the occasion was celebrated with snacks and soft drinks.

Kanton Zürich name

Five days later, on Wednesday 6 July, our latest fleet arrival was presented for the first time to local politicians, representatives of the authorities, business partners and media representatives from all over the world. The opportunity was also taken to name our new CS100 Kanton Zürich, after the canton whose residents will benefit most from its “whisperjet” credentials. The naming was performed by Canton Zurich Government Councillor Carmen Walker Späh and Swiss musician Bligg, who was born and lives in the canton. Following the ceremony, the invitees experienced HB-JBA aloft in a scenic flight around the canton and into the Swiss Alps.