Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), the first company to operate Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft has taken dellivery of its first CS300, the Canadian planemaker has confirmed.
The handover took place at the firm’s Mirabel facility in Quebec and means that SWISS becomes the first airline to operate both the CS100 and CS300 aircraft.
Twelve C Series aircraft have been delivered so far, nine of which have been delivered to SWISS. Three CS300 aircraft are currently inoperations with airBaltic.
The pioneering composite wings for the aircraft were developed in Belfast and are made here in a purpose-built factory at the firm’s Belfast aerospace division.
“We are very proud to deliver SWISS’s first CS300 aircraft today,” said Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Fred Cromer.
“SWISS is known for its leading-edge technical and operational excellence and has been a wonderful partner for the C Series aircraft program.
“The SWISS family has been part of the C Series journey from the beginning and we thank the airline for its continuous support,” he added.
“This new delivery is a demonstration of Bombardier’s commitment to deliver revolutionary and high-performing aircraft and help connecting communities with the best flying experience in the world.”
The CSeries programme continued to gather momentum, he said, as more aircraft went into service.
Rob Dewar, vice president of the CSeries programme said: “The C Series airliners demonstrate robust in-service performance to date and we are confident that SWISS will also benefit from a smooth entry-into-service with the CS300 aircraft.”
“We are delighted that, having successfully integrated the first Bombardier CS100s into our fleet from mid-2016 onwards, we can now welcome our first CS300,” said SWISS CEO Thomas Kluhr.
SWISS’ first CS300 aircraft is scheduled to enter service on June 1, with its maiden flight from Geneva to Heathrow. SWISS is to take delivery of a total of 30 CS100 and CS300 aircraft.