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In response to the dissatisfaction with seat width, legroom and distance to neighbor among today’s travelers, Bombardier has presented two solutions in the form of its C Series aircraft and its recently refreshed CRJ Cabin Series by MELISSA SILVA


hen Bombardier was developing its C Series, the Canadian aerospace and transportation manufacturer set out to design an aircraft that would address the aviation industry’s biggest challenges today: lowering operating cost, increasing connectivity, and ensuring a more sustainable future for aviation. And how would Bombardier accomplish such ambitious tasks? The answer is in the final product: a combination of advanced aerodynamics and materials with optimal balance of leading-edge technology. As the leanest and most economical clean-sheet design aircraft built in 30 years for the 100-150 seat single-aisle market, the C Series is the only aircraft optimized for this category — not a regional aircraft, the company maintains. “Comprised of the CS100 and the larger CS300 aircraft, the C Series family represents the fusion of performance and technology,” says Patrick Baudis, Vice President, Marketing, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The result is an aircraft that delivers unmatched performance and economics in the 100- to 150-seat market segment and an 18% lower cost per passenger, making them the ideal candidates to complement larger single-aisle aircraft.” The Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1500G engine, combined with the aircraft’s advanced aerodynamics, are designed to reduce fuel burn, noise, and emissions, has made the C Series a community-friendly aircraft. With a fuel burn advantage of 20% over in-production aircraft, the C Series aircraft consumes as little as two liters of fuel per 100 km per passenger, a record in the industry. As for composition, the Bombardier C Series team used aluminum-lithium alloys and advanced composite to create a modern structure, weighing 12,000 pounds lighter. For the passenger, the C Series designers sought to give


the feel of wide-body comfort in a single-aisle setting. The C Series’ 21st century blended-radii cross-section — a first in its market segment — addresses the growing demand for more comfort. The cabin features larger seats, more sidewalls clearance, spacious overhead pivot bins — allowing one roller-bag per passenger — and larger windows for added comfort. “The C Series is the only single-aisle aircraft that provides a new key differentiator to airlines by addressing passengers need for a wider seat (19 inches), which procure a larger perception of space and leg room compared to narrower seats,” says Baudis. “The C Series also offers the largest windows on a single-aisle, giving the C Series cabin a beautiful natural light and allowing passengers to maximize their flying experience by connecting with the outside world.” The C Series family offers several options for inflight entertainment and connectivity, including, but not limited to: in-seat audio/video on-demand (AVOD), cabin Wi-Fi connectivity for onboard entertainment distribution and/ or web-browsing via the latest generation of satellite and ground-based networks, as well as onboard mobile telephony. “During early program phases, the C Series design team reserved space for many of the systems mentioned to ensure there would be no impact on the cargo or cabin stowage spaces,” explains Baudis. “The C Series allows airlines to maximize opportunities to provide their passengers the best technology has to offer.” The CS100 entered service with SWISS in July 2016 with its maiden commercial flight, taking passengers from Zurich to Paris-Charles de Gaulle. SWISS plans to gradually replace its Avro RJ100 fleet with the C Series aircraft and currently has five aircraft in service. Since entering revenue service with SWISS, the CS100 aircraft has completed more than 3,300 flights, carrying over 330,000 passengers and serving 23 destinations.

PAX International AIX March/April 2017  
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