Transport Canada and EASA award steep approach certifications to Bombardier CS100 aircraft

Bombardier CS100, London City Airport Photo by Bombardier

Certifications follow the completion of steep approach demonstration flights at London City Airport in March. The CS100 aircraft will offer new opportunities to airlines for operations at challenging airports around the world.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced yesterday that Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) awarded the CS100 aircraft its steep approach certifications. The CS100 aircraft’s capability to operate at challenging airports such as London City (LCY) Airport was validated by Bombardier’s comprehensive flight test program. Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) will be the first airline to operate the C Series at London City (LCY) airport.

Successful validation flights at London City (LCY) airport a few weeks ago, followed by a landmark direct flight from LCY to New York-John F. Kennedy (JFK) demonstrated the CS100 aircraft’s exceptional capabilities. This first direct transatlantic flight by a commercial aircraft from LCY Airport confirms the C Series’ superior airfield performance and unparalleled flying autonomy from a short runway.

The CS100 aircraft is the most efficient and economical commercial aircraft. The C Series will allow airlines to viably offer direct intercontinental flights from LCY Airport to both North America as well as the Middle-East in addition to opening numerous new route opportunities within Europe, Russia and Northern Africa, which were not possible with previous-generation aircraft.

With the lowest noise and emissions levels of any commercial aircraft in its class, the C Series aircraft is ideal for urban operations and noise-sensitive airports. The CS100 aircraft has a much lower noise footprint compared to other commercial jets, and provides a better quality environment for London residents as it is the quietest commercial aircraft in production.

— Bombardier Commercial Aircraft