INDUSTRY INNOVATORS: BOMBARDIER The CS300 entered service with airBaltic in December 2016, with its maiden commercial flight taking passengers from Riga to Amsterdam. The airline currently has two aircraft in service.
A successful series In May 2016, Bombardier publicly previewed the new cabin design for its CRJ regional aircraft during a media briefing at the Regional Aircraft Association event held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Anticipating operators’ need to better accommodate passengers and distinguish their fleet, Bombardier has continued to invest in and improve on the CRJ Series — the world’s most successful regional aircraft program. “This cabin refresh is the result of airline consultations, which clearly indicated the need for passengers to have a seamless experience between regional and mainline flying,” explains Baudis. “This resulted in several clear improvements: more space in the entrance area, a wider aisle, larger overhead bins for increased carry-on capacity, mood lighting and a larger front lavatory that is three inches taller and features up to 60% more volume. This lavatory can also be turned into a passenger-with-reduced-mobility (PRM) lavatory — a first in the regional aircraft industry.” The CRJ Series’ PRM-compliant lavatory has set new standards in space utilization and occupant privacy, as it eliminates the need for additional partitions or curtains. It can be used independently of other lavatories in the cabin, so able-bodied passengers will not need to wait for cabin crew to reconfigure doors or partitions. Additional features of the state-of-the–art cabin include: integrated connected cabin solutions (IFE, inseat power), 50% more space for carry-on bags in Business class, new wheels-first overhead bins and larger main cabin bins to stow oversized carry-on bags. With the plethora of features each present, both the C Series and new CRJ cabins offer a disruptive — and necessary — solution for tending to the areas of lowest satisfacThe CRJ Series cabin refresh offers 50% more space for carry-on bags in Business class, new wheels-first overhead bins and larger main cabin bins to stow oversized carry-on bags
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Patrick Baudis, Vice President, Marketing, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
tion among air travelers today, according to recent passenger surveys: seat width, leg room and distance to neighbor. Attending the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg for the first time, Bombardier will be participating in the event’s Passenger Experience Conference alongside representatives from its C Series launch customers, SWISS and airBaltic. “They will provide the audience with more information about their passengers’ appreciation of the C Series cabin,” shares Baudis. Bombardier has also been placed on the coveted shortlist for a Crystal Cabin Award for two designs — the C Series cabin, as well as the PRM Lavatory concept for the new CRJ cabin.