Bombardier CSeries Enters Service With SWISS

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) became the world’s first airline to operate the new Bombardier CSeries this week. Kanton Zurich, the Star Alliance member’s first CS100 jet, left Zurich shortly after noon for Paris (Charles de Gaulle) operating flight LX 638.


The historic first flight was celebrated with an inaugural ceremony at the departure gate led by the airline’s Chief Commercial Officer Markus Binkert. Passenger Thomas Mark Lee, the world record holder for ‘first flights on a new aircraft type’, was presented with a special certificate to commemorate the occasion before a traditional ribbon-cutting with Miss Switzerland 2013 Dominique Rinderknecht.


SWISS has configured its CS100 jets with 125 seats in a 2-class layout and will use the type to gradually replace the older Avro RJ100s. The new CSeries features larger windows allowing more natural light into the cabin for a more spacious feel and are 50 percent quieter in operation than its predecessor, in addition to improved operating economics and green credentials.


Budapest, Manchester and Prague join Paris (Charles de Gaulle) in becoming the airline’s first destinations to be served by the CS100. SWISS has a further 29 aircraft (14 CS100s and 15 CS300s) on-order, which will be used on short- and medium-haul routes to Brussels, Bucharest, Florence, Hanover, London (City), Milan, Nice and Warsaw by mid-2017.


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