For Bombardier, delivery of the first production unit of the CS100 to Swiss on 29 June was a real achievement. It took the Canadian aircraft manufacturer twelve years and more than five billion dollars to develop this 125-seater medium-haul. In order to obtain certification of both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), test aircraft carried out over 5,000 hours in the air, as against the 2,000 hours usually required.
The delivery ceremony took place at the CS100 final assembly line in Mirabel, north of Montreal (Canada). Hundreds of guests were present. The light show enhanced the twinjet airliner’s red and white livery of the launch customer. In his speech, Bombadier CEO, Alain Bellemarre, expressed his full determination.
From 15 July, having finally entered service three years behind the original schedule, Swiss, a Lufthansa subsidiary, will operate the aircraft on the Zurich to Paris route.
With their CS100, then the CS300 at year’s end, Bombardier intends to compete with Airbus and Boeing on the single-aisle market.