Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced on May 26 that Swiss International Air Lines took delivery of its first CS300 aircraft at Bombardier’s facility in Mirabel, Canada, where the C Series aircraft are manufactured.
When the aircraft enters commercial service Swiss will become the first airline to operate both C Series aircraft models. Swiss will dedicate this new aircraft to the French-speaking part of Western Switzerland as the airline will operate this CS300 aircraft from Geneva.
“We are delighted that, having successfully integrated the first Bombardier CS100s into our fleet from mid-2016 onwards, we can now welcome our first CS300,” says Thomas Klühr, Swiss’s Chief Executive Officer. “With its 20 additional seats, this second model in the C Series family ideally complements our current aircraft fleet, and gives us an optimal equipment mix for our European short- and medium-haul services. Our first CS300 will be initially stationed in Geneva, where its superior comfort credentials will be excellently suited to this premium travel market,” Klühr continues. “In fact, our entire Geneva-based fleet will soon consist solely of Bombardier C Series aircraft.”
Swiss’ first CS300 aircraft is scheduled to enter service on June 1st, 2017 with its maiden commercial flight taking passengers from Geneva to Heathrow. Swiss will take delivery of a total of 30 CS100 and CS300 aircraft.
Twelve C Series aircraft have been delivered by Bombardier so far, nine of which have been delivered to Swiss. Three CS300 aircraft are currently in operations with airBaltic.