Big CSeries Week at JetBlue
Airbus CSeries Delivery Update & More…
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10:30 (14:30 UTC) - 19 March 2018 - Quebec, Canada
UPDATE 08:00 (12:00 UTC) - March 27 2018: SWISS MSN 55025 left early this morning for Switzerland (HB-JCJ). 4 Days to go to the end of first quarter (Q1). More update soon...
By Sylvain Faust
First… Jet Blue – You see where CSeries FTV8 (CS300 demo) flew yesterday?
Some CSeries personnel will have a long week in New York starting today March 19 at JetBlue.
Multiple technical presentations are scheduled to different level of employees at Jet Blue this week starting today. Also presentations to JetBlue employees involved with contracts are scheduled. Other presentations to JetBlue marketing people are also planned. This will be going on for most of the week according to sources.
For sure, JetBlue is acting like if the airline is very interested into acquiring some CSeries and Bombardier seems to be helping them preparing for their new high tech aircraft.
Fingers crossed for the future 300 new CSeries jobs at the Airbus CSeries Mobile Alabama assembly facility and all their suppliers, UK, USA, Canada, Italy and others…
So far in 2018 we have witnessed the delivery of 3 new CSeries, 1 to airBaltic (55016), 1 to SWISS (55021) and the last one to Korean Air (55022). The first one was delivered in February and the last 2 in March.
We should see a good acceleration in deliveries during the next 4 weeks. Mirabel CSeries employees are trying hard. Improved processes has been put in place in the last few months to greatly accelerate the QA process resulting in a much higher success rate at the client acceptance review time. These new quality control processes has been validated with the clients with the last 2 CSeries delivery.
It should be noted that those 2 last deliveries (SWISS and KAL) should have been done much quicker but some unique problem with each of them did stall the whole delivery process for the other CSeries following.
The SWISS 55021 has some issues with a "carpet" that necessitated a review of the installation process.
Korean Air 55022 had an issue with some kind of smoke/odor getting into the cabin and cockpit during the client acceptance flight. The culprit was finally found… some vent was not providing air (caps still on) behind some cockpit display (glass cockpit) overheating one of them. Vent fixed, display replaced, Korean Air happy, installation/review process updated! (this never happened before and will not again we hope).
With the exception of these two "distinct" issues, the new quality control processes has been recognized by the client (SWISS and Korean Air so far) to help the acceptance review with less issues reported at delivery time.
Also, I am told, Zodiac Aerospace, supplier of the cabin equipment, is getting more involved helping greatly the quality control of the cabin installation.
What is to be expected in deliveries?
Mirabel is working hard and "would love" to deliver 3 more CSeries before the end of March.
- SWISS MSN 55025 should be doing its client acceptance flight any day.
- SWISS MSN 55023 should be close to having its pre-delivery test flights completed.
- KAL MSN 55024 getting closer to having its pre-delivery test flights completed.
3 more CSeries are scheduled for delivery in April. By experience those schedules are rarely respected perfectly but that is 6 new CSeries very close to delivery within the next few weeks.
According to the "current" schedule, Mirabel CSeries people are trying to get to a 3.5 CSeries deliveries per month average for March, April and June. How will it translate in reality? Let's hope those new quality control processes will help save time as expected.
Here are the MSN to follow after, in delivery order: 55027, 55029, 55030, 55032, 55034, 55033, 55031, 55026… more soon on Fliegerfaust.com
The first three Delta CSeries CS100 are already on the assembly line. Expect to see pictures of the the first Delta CSeries all painted around the end of August, beginning of September, to be circulating on the Internet and for sure, Fliegerfaust.com
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