In the ninth of our Thought Leadership series John Whitty Director – Technical Acumen Aviation discusses the Bombardier C Series Aircraft. This week Swiss International Airlines (SWISS) commenced Bombardier CS100 Series operations on its Geneva to Dublin route.
The Bombardier C Series consists of two types the CS100 and the CS300 is a family of narrow body twin engine medium range jet airliners built by Bombardier Aerospace in Canada , with the wings and part of the fuselage being manufactured in Ireland and the rest in Montreal Canada .
The Program costs was so high at $5,5 billion that the company was in danger being taken over by its rivals , since the first flight for the CS100 in 2013 the first customer was Swiss Global Air Lines on the 15th July 2016 and the 130- 160 seater CS300 first flew on the 27th February 2015 and it received type certification in July last year and entered service on the 14th December 2016 with Air Baltic.
During the development program one of the Test Aircraft suffered uncontained engine failure in May 2014 , which was later attributed to a lubrication problem on the Pratt and Whitney PW 1500G engine . In October 2015 Airbus turned down a Bombardier offer to sell a majority share of the C series to them and in the same month they took a $3.2 billion write down and the government invested $1 billion to save the company program . In April 2016 the government offered another aid package.
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