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Facts & Figures: Bombardier C Series

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The C Series by Bombardier has been in operation with SWISS for almost two years now. High time, then, to look at the latest figures and check the facts with regard to its environmental impact, efficiency and comfort. We talked to the specialists at SWISS and gathered all the latest findings on the SWISS C Series by Bombardier.

SWISS was the first airline in the world to commence operations with the Bombardier C Series, and is proud to have one of the most modern short- and medium haul aircraft in the airline’s fleet. On 15 July 2016, the new Bombardier CS100 – known as the “Whisperjet” for its low noise emissions – was delivered and taken into operation in Zurich. The C Series replaced the Avro RJ100 fleet, and is superior to the Avro in many respects. For instance, with a 20% lower fuel consumption and producing 50% less nitrogen oxide, the Bombardier aircraft is said to be more environmentally friendly. We wanted to talk to the specialists at SWISS Technology to find out whether these figures have actually proved to be correct, and we’re providing you with all the latest facts and figures in the following article.

Interesting facts about the Bombardier C Series

Not many people know that Bombardier had actually shelved the C Series 2006 project. However, thanks to the order from SWISS, the project was taken up again, as the result of which several other airlines are now also placing orders for the C Series or already using it. But what makes this aircraft so special?

Facts about the innovative technology

1) Latest jet engine technology “Geared Turbofan” by Pratt & Whitney. This new technology helps to better utilise the performance optimum compared with conventional engines, while at the same time lowering consumption figures and the noise level.
2) Significant weight reduction thanks to the use of lighter materials such as new aluminium alloys and carbon fibre materials. Compared with conventional aircraft programmes, highly-developed materials such as aluminium lithium and composites were chosen for the construction of the C Series. This has resulted in a significant reduction in the weight of the aircraft components. At the same time, these materials are more resistant to corrosion.
3) Improved aerodynamics thanks to the optimum balance between engine size and aircraft size, specially designed wings (Clean Design) and a computerised flight control system (Fly by Wire). This means that the pilot’s input on the control stick is converted into electronic signals and passed on by electric lines to the aircraft’s control surfaces (and no longer by cables).
4) Greater braking efficiency and reduced wear thanks to electric braking. This is a new system that is based on electronic impulses and no longer uses hydraulics.
5) Costs per seat are 25% lower than that of the Avro RJ100 jet thanks to lower maintenance costs and more fuel-efficient engines.
6) Innovative seat with a special design from the automotive industry manufactured by the company ZIM. The seat is more comfortable, lighter and thinner than standard seats, which means the passenger has more space even though the seat pitch is the same. The seat also offers more legroom thanks to the new table concept by which the table is held by only a single support in the centre.

Innovative seats offer more comfort and more legroom
The innovative seat offers more comfort and more legroom

Facts about the maximum passenger comfort

1) 25% bigger overhead compartments with upward lock technology provides generous space, makes loading easier and creates a feeling of more width in the cabin.
2) More daylight in the cabin thanks to closely-positioned view windows that are comparable to the size of those on a long-haul jet, and greater shoulder comfort thanks to the special interior wall design.
3) Best-possible ventilation as the air conditioning adjusts to the number of passengers.

25% bigger overhead locker than on comparable Boeing and Airbus aircrafts
The overhead locker is 25% bigger than on comparable Boeing and Airbus aircraft

Facts about the high environmental awareness

1) 20-25% lower fuel consumption than comparable aircraft models. It is interesting that SWISS has doubled passenger numbers since 2003 but that our airline’s kerosene requirement has increased by only 4% during the same time. The new C series by Bombardier has undoubtedly contributed to this.
2) Noise level halved for perception by the human ear. This represents a reduction of between approximately 10 and 15 decibels.
3) CO² emissions reduced by 20%. A more efficient engine with optimised aerodynamics and lighter in weight thanks to the use of modern materials makes this turbine one of the most efficient in the world.
4) 50% less nitrogen oxide thanks to new technology that lowers the combustion temperature in the engine.

Facts about the ergonomic cockpit and cabin environment

1) Specially designed cockpit – state-of-the-art cockpit environment (ergonomic, comfortable, clearly laid-out) with innovative technology. The cockpit was designed by Bombardier pilots working with ergonomics experts. Furthermore, SWISS pilots were involved from the beginning who were able to contribute valuable input from the viewpoint of the end users.
2) Optimum ergonomics and functionality in the galley, which means more efficient working sequences for the Flight Attendants.

General facts about the CS100 and CS300 by Bombardier

1) Over 90% commonality of the components. The CS100 and CS300 are 90% identical.
2) Difference in length. The main difference between the CS100 and the CS300 is in the length. The Bombardier CS300 is 3.8 metres longer.
3) The CS300 has 20 more seats. Because of the difference in length, the CS300 has 20 more seats than the CS100 (145 seats vs. 125 seats).
4) Differences in take-off and landing weights. Of course, the difference in length also changes the maximum take-off and landing weight as well as the range with a full tank. However, the maximum achievable flying speed of 871 kph is the same.
5) Only the CS100 lands at London City airport. The reasons for this include the short runway and the associated steep approach of 5.5°. The Bombardier CS300 is not currently certified for this approach.
6) Service ceiling of 12,500 metres – The C Series CS100 and CS300 can therefore theoretically fly higher than some other aircraft types in the same size segment.

Facts about the SWISS C Series

1) “Kanton Zürich” was the name of the first aircraft.
2) SWISS operates the CS100 and CS300 of Bombardier, making it the only airline in the world to have both aircraft types in operation.
3) There are 19 C Series aircraft in the SWISS fleet. The C Series fleet at SWISS consists of 8 type CS100 aircraft and 11 type CS300 aircraft (May 2018). You’ll find an overview of the rest of the fleet and the Boeing and Airbus aircraft here.
4) Orders for 11 further Bombardier C Series aircraft have been place and are currently in production. SWISS is expecting the delivery of 2 further Bombardier CS100 and 9 Bombardier CS300 aircraft by the beginning of 2019. Fancy a tour? Start the video now and take a look inside the C Series.

Summary after two years of the C Series

The Bombardier C Series has lived up to expectations, and is greatly appreciated not only by passengers from Switzerland and abroad, but also pilots and Flight Attendants. The Bombardier jet currently flies to many airports in the SWISS short- and long-haul network from Zurich and Geneva, and more will be added to the list.
With regard to environmental tolerance, efficiency and comfort, as the first operator of the Bombardier C Series SWISS has set new standards, which as the Swiss national airline fills us with tremendous pride!

You can read more facts about the C Series here.

You’ll also find exciting articles and videos about our aircraft at World of SWISS.

In 2016, SWISS started deploying the Bombardier C Series as the world’s launching carrier on short- and medium-haul routes. Following Airbus’ acquisition of a majority stake in the C Series in the summer of 2018, the aircraft manufacturer decided to rename this aircraft type to Airbus A220. After updating its technical and commercial systems, SWISS adopted the name Airbus A220 on 27 October 2019.