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Bombardier C Series eyes Europe, US after UK boost

epa05410755 The new Bombardier C-Series CS100 airplane of the airline SWISS is presented on the occasion of the aircraft's baptism at the Zurich Airport in Kloten, Switzerland, 06 July 2016. Bombardier commissioned the first CS100 airplanes to SWISS on 01 July.  EPA/ALEXANDRA WEY

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Bombardier Inc. is pitching its C Series jetliner for trans-Atlantic operations as the Canadian planemaker pursues a new wave of orders, buoyed by the start of flights from London City airport.
The European routes operated by Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s Swiss arm should demonstrate the plane’s abilities to potential buyers and help advance the possibility of services to the US that would establish its long-haul credentials, C Series program head Rob Dewar said in a telephone interview.
The narrow-body jet offers double the range, 25 percent more capacity and a quieter noise footprint than other planes at London City, where flights are limited by a short runway and stringent environmental curbs, Dewar said. The aircraft has already performed a test flight from the airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy International hub in a 44-seat, all-business-class layout.
“From City you could do many destinations in eastern North America,” Dewar said. “There are many customers now— more than a handful—looking at the capability of the C Series for long-range routes, some of them trans-Atlantic.”
While British Airways already has a narrow-body operation from London City to New York, its single-class Airbus SE A318 planes are limited to 32 flat-bed seats and must refuel in Ireland in order to make the journey because of weight restrictions when departing the UK airport. The C Series could perform the same trip non-stop with 12 more passengers, or link City to other locations at a similar distance, such as Toronto, with a similar load, Dewar said.
Swiss plans to serve the London terminal from Zurich and Geneva, replacing BAE Systems Plc Avro RJ100 regional jets that it has used their for 25 years. London City Chief Commercial Officer Richard Hill said the Bombardier plane also opens up the possibility of direct services to Russia and the Middle East.
At standard-runway airports, the C Series could perform trans-Atlantic trips in a multiclass configuration at full capacity. From locations such as London Gatwick or Lisbon, the bigger CS300 variant would have a range of 3,300 nautical miles, bringing much of the eastern seaboard of the US into play.
The plane is best-suited to linking secondary terminals, Dewar said, swapping one
flight for as many as three via major hubs.
He added that there’s also some interest in low-cost, single-class operations, with carriers asking Bombardier to study potential routes. “It’s something the aircraft can do, though it’s not the focus of our core market,” he said.
The appeal of the C Series, which comes in two sizes in a range of 100 to 150 seats, may be enhanced by further flights from London City to be offered by UK startup Odyssey Airlines and Geneva-based charter specialist PrivatAir, which have ordered 10 and five aircraft respectively. The biggest model can be outfitted with as many as 160 seats in a so-called high-density configuration.
Dewar reiterated that Bombardier expects to announce more C Series deals this year.

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