First CSeries operator confirmed as Bombardier files Q1 results

Lufthansa division Swiss first to fly
Lufthansa division Swiss first to fly

Swiss International Air Lines, a division of Lufthansa, will be the first customer to take delivery and operate theCS100 aircraft Bombardier has confirmed as it posted results for the first quarter of the year.

Though the firm has yet to reveal when delivery will take place or the first commerical flight take off, the Canadian firm’s new CEO and President Alain Bellemare welcomed the move as he reported revenues totalling $4.4 billion for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015, similar to the same period last fiscal year.

“Lufthansa is a world-class airline with tremendous experience in introducing new aircraft,” he said.

“The CSeries development program is progressing well, as the first CS300 FTV made its inaugural flight last February.

“Moreover, we’ve added strong leaders to Commercial Aircraft’s management team with the appointment of Fred Cromer as president and Colin Bole as the new head of sales. Both have deep commercial aerospace knowledge and expertise.”

Adding that the time since taking the role had been busy, he said much had been accomplished.

“The first quarter results were generally positive, with revenues, EBIT and deliveries mostly on target,” he said.