A Look Inside the Swiss Bombardier CS100, the Newest Jetliner Around
by Alex Macheras
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Swiss Air Lines is the biggest operator of the newest jetliner in service in the world, the Bombardier C-Series, with eight CS100 and three of the larger CS300. It was also the first airline to put the CS in service, in July of last year. Swiss will soon cede the title of biggest operator of the CS to Delta, which has 75 CS100s on order plus options and plans to introduce the new plane next year on flights from New York.
The C-Series aircraft, a single-aisle twinjet which seats up to 150 people, has been in the headlines recently when the US Department of Commerce issued a preliminary ruling, last week, that would levy a 219.63% tariff on every C-Series airliner imported into the US. The ruling stemmed from a complaint by Boeing that the Canada-based Bombardier had engaged in dumping, or artificially keeping prices low to win orders, thanks to government subsidies. According to Boeing, its Canadian rival was able to offer Delta the CS100 at substantially lower prices than the 737 thanks to those subsidies. Bombardier disputes this, and the tariff ruling is not yet final. (Delta CEO Ed Bastian called the ruling "absurd", and expressed confidence that his airline will get its new jet at the price it had agreed upon.)
In the meantime, if you want to experience the C-Series, you can go for either Swiss, which flies it all over Europe, including to London (LCY), Madrid (MAD) and Oslo (OSL), or AirBaltic, a Latvian airline that's betting heavily on the CS300, with 7 in service and 13 on order.
Swiss has a total of 30 C-Series on order and says the entry into service was "perfect," with the jet becoming an instant hit with passengers, mainly due to its spacious cabin.
The Points Guy's Zach Honig had a look at the CS100 at the Farnborough air show last year, and found it to be "a huge step up from just about any regional jet." A tour of the aircraft earlier this year at the Zurich airport (ZRH) and a special flight over the Alps confirmed that impression.
The engines are visibly larger than the turbofans installed on most jets in this class — they are Pratt & Whitney 1500G geared fans, which according to their maker save 20% fuel compared to previous similar engines.
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