SWISS took delivery of its first Bombardier CSeries aircraft – a CS100 – as scheduled end of June. On Friday 15 July the aircraft will take off from Zurich at 12:30 on its first commercial flight: LX 638 to Paris (Charles de Gaulle).
SWISS is the first operator in the world of the CSeries, Bombardier’s entirely newly developed short- and medium-haul aircraft. The commencement of scheduled operations with the innovative new Bombardier twinjet marks a further milestone in SWISS history, following the successful service entry of the Boeing 777-300ER. In addition to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Manchester, Prague and Budapest are also among the first SWISS destinations to receive Bombardier CS100 service.
They will be followed by Warsaw and Brussels at the end of August, and by Nice, Stuttgart, Hanover, Milan, Florence and Bucharest in September. And more and more destinations currently served with the Avro RJ100 will gradually be switched to CSeries operation as the new twinjets arrive. The Zurich-London City route is expected to have CSeries service from the first quarter of 2017.
50% less noise and 150 new jobs
The Bombardier CSeries aircraft sets with its state-of-the-art engine, systems and materials technology, new benchmarks in inflight comfort, operating economics and environmental terms. The new twinjet is only about half as loud as comparable aircraft to the human ear. It also consumes up to 25% less fuel and, as a result, will reduce SWISS’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by some 90,000 tonnes. The arrival of the new Bombardier CSeries in SWISS’s European fleet will further create some 150 new positions within the company’s cabin crew corps.