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Bombardier Successfully Concludes C Series Aircraft's European Route-Proving Program

216 Days ago

- Operating from SWISS' base in Zurich, route-proving flights were conducted using airline's typical operational procedures

- The CS100 aircraft completed over 30 city-pair flights in European cities

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and ZURICH, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwired - Mar 23, 2016) - Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it had reached another milestone with the successful completion of the CS100 aircraft's European route-proving exercises. The program was conducted in the network of launch operator Swiss International Air Lines ("SWISS") and included over 30 city-pair flights in European cities over a three-week long period.

During an event in Zurich, today, executive representatives from SWISS and Bombardier provided details and results about the route-proving program - which used a dedicated CS100 aircraft as Bombardier readies to deliver the first CS100 aircraft in June 2016 and SWISS readies for the aircraft's entry-into-service (EIS).

"Considering that Bombardier inserted the CS100 aircraft into a number of the network operations we currently service, the route-proving program provided us with a real indication of how the C Series will operate in our route system when we take delivery of our first CS100 aircraft in June," said Peter Wojahn, Chief Technical Officer, Swiss International Air Lines. "As the launch customer and the first airline to operate the C Series aircraft, we are very pleased and impressed with the results. It was equally exciting to see these first set of flights operating from our home-base in Zurich."

"It was a special treat to be able to conclude the CS100 aircraft route-proving program from SWISS' base and we're equally pleased that it went extremely well. Testing important performance targets using real-life routes is an excellent indication of how reliable the aircraft will be when it flies in the SWISS network," said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "We're also delighted that the flying public in Europe, who will ultimately be amongst the first in the world to fly aboard the aircraft, got a chance to see it operating in prime cities over the past few weeks, as we took the opportunity to show the aircraft to a few European airlines. They were excited to see the first all-new airliner built for the 100- to 150-seat market in close to three decades landing at their airports for the very first time."

The route-proving aircraft is fully configured as a passenger jetliner and stops included European cities such a Brussels, Vienna, Budapest, Paris, Milan, Manchester and Warsaw. The CS100 aircraft conducted flights using typical airline flight routings and operational procedures but with no passengers on board. The flights provided data about the C Series aircraft's performance in a typical airline schedule to and from different airports. Airfield performance, landings, airport turnarounds and on-ground operations are some of the important characteristics that were observed. The results are aligned with previous observations and confirm that the C Series aircraft is meeting or exceeding original targets.

The European route-proving program followed one conducted last year across North America that included more than 35 cities.

About C Series Aircraft

The C Series family of aircraft, representing the fusion of performance and technology, is a 100 per cent all-new design that offers operators up to US $13 million extra value per aircraft.

By focusing on the 100- to 150-seat market segment, Bombardier has designed the C Series aircraft to deliver unparalleled economic advantage to operators and to open up new opportunities for single-aisle aircraft operations.

By employing advanced materials, state-of-the-art technologies and advanced aerodynamics, combined with the groundbreaking Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1500G engine, the C Series aircraft is delivering a greater-than 10 per cent unit cost advantage compared to similarly-sized, re-engined aircraft.

In addition to delivering best-in-class economics with the C Series aircraft, Bombardier has placed considerable emphasis on cabin design to ensure a superior passenger experience. The aircraft offers 19-inch-wide seats that set a new industry standard, large overhead bins that accommodate a carry-on bag for each passenger, and the largest windows in the single-aisle market. Together these attributes create a widebody feel that offers passengers an unparalleled level of comfort.

All noise performance testing on the CS100 aircraft has been completed and data confirms it is the quietest in-production commercial jet in its class. The aircraft's noise performance and its outstanding short-field capability make it ideal for varied types of operations.

The C Series aircraft's maximum range has also been confirmed to be up to 3,300 NM (6,112 km), some 350 NM (648 km) more than originally targeted.

Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 678 C Series aircraft, which include firm orders for 243.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world's largest manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, we posted revenues of $18.2 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier

Notes to Editors

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Marianella de la Barrera
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
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