Swiss Bombardier CSeries CS300 makes first revenue flight

On the 1st of June 2017, Swiss International Airlines’ maiden Bombardier CSeries CS300, HB-JCA, made it’s first revenue flights from the carrier’s Geneva hub to London Heathrow and back.

The outbound flight, LX352, departed Geneva Airport (GVA/LSGG) at 7:41 AM local time for the 470 mile journey to London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL), arriving at 8:06 with a flight time of 1 hour and 24 minutes.

The return flight, LX353, departed London at 9:16 AM local time, and arrived in Geneva at 11:30 AM, with a flight time of 1 hour and 14 minutes.

Swiss received their first Bombardier CSeries CS300 (BD-500-1A11), HB-JCA (MSN 55010) on the 27th of  May, direct from the manufacturer’s Montreal Mirabel facility to Zurich, after a 7 hour and 55 minute delivery flight. The delivery showcased one of the aircraft’s key selling points, its impressive range.

HB-JCA Swiss Bombardier CSeries CS300 (BD-500-1A11) photographed at Zurich - Kloten (ZRH / LSZH) by Samolet
HB-JCA arriving at Zurich ©Samolet

In the past few days, Swiss’ entry into service (EIS) team have been preparing the aircraft for it’s first revenue flight. On the 30th of May, HB-JCA was deployed to Pula, Croatia for crew training flights, before being transferred to Geneva the next day, where the aircraft will be based.

The CS300 is one of two aircraft in the Bombardier’s CSeries family, the other being the CS100, of which Swiss was the launch customer. The 35m long CS100 seats around 108-133 passengers, while the 38.7m CS300 has larger capacity for 130-160 passengers, edging further into the competitive single aisle market dominated by Boeing and Airbus.

CS100 & CS300 seating is in a 2-3 layout ©Kārlis Dambrāns

Between them, the CS100 and CS300 have several commonalities, including wingspan, height and fuselage diameter. Both types are fitted with Pratt & Whittney PW1524 high bypass geared turbofans, providing 23,300 lbs of force per engine, as well as winglets to reduce drag, which helps with efficiency.

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PW1524 high bypass geared turbofan ©AirlineReporter

Later today, HB-JCA is scheduled to fly from Geneva to Porto and Palma de Mallorca.

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