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Bombardier C-Series - Canada, 2017

Detailing the development and operational history of the Bombardier C-Series Medium-Range / Transcontinental Narrow-Body Passenger Jet Airliner.

 Entry last updated on 5/9/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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Bombardier is out to challenge the likes of Embraer, Airbus and Boeing in several of the passenger jet airliner classes with the introduction of its C-Series.

In mid-2016, Bombardier of Canada introduced its C-Series airliner for the narrow-body passenger market. The aircraft was designed from the ground-up and originally scheduled to enter service in 2010. However, development delays pushed this until 2016. Two major variants currently (2017) exist - the CS100 and the CS300. The CS100 entered service with launch carrier Swiss International Air Lines in July 2016 and this was followed by the CS300 through AirBaltic. As of December 2016, thirteen of the aircraft were produced. The C-Series marks Bombardier's first-ever commercial market Fly-by-Wire (FbW) aircraft - this results in a particularly responsive large aircraft.

This family of jets is powered by 2 x Pratt & Whitney PW1500G turbofans offering between 18,900lb and 23,300lb of thrust each. Customers can choose from four iterations of the PW1500 series to suit needs.

The CS100 can seat ninety-seven passengers though a future revision could see a capability for as many as one hundred thirty-five (in a single-aisle, two-by-three seating arrangement). Range is out to 3,570 miles while flying at speeds up to 600 miles per hour. Composites (including carbon-fiber wings) are used throughout and help manage target operating weights. These specifications directly challenge competing types such as the Brazilian Embraer "E-Jet" family.

The CS300 is a stretched-fuselage, transcontinental off-shoot of the CS100. Dimensions include a length of 127 feet, a wingspan of 115.1 feet and a height of 37.7 feet. It features seating for 145 passengers (or 130 in a two-class configuration) and has approximately 97% commonality of parts with the smaller CS100 product. Empty weight is 82,000lb against an MTOW of 149,000lb. Compared to the CS100, range is increased to 3,800 miles and speeds remain at 600 miles per hour. Its service ceiling reaches 41,000 feet. The CS300 is designed to compete directly with larger market types such as the French Airbus A320neo and American Boeing 737MAX offerings.

As of February 2017, some 360 C-Series aircraft are on order (123 x CS100 and 237 x CS300. Five and two have been delivered (respectively).

March 2016 - A CS100 completed a nonstop flight from London to New York as part of its testing phase.

May 2017 - Canadian and European certification has been granted to the CS100 aircraft.

Bombardier C-Series CS100 Specifications

Service Year: 2017
Type: Medium-Range / Transcontinental Narrow-Body Passenger Jet Airliner
National Origin: Canada
Manufacturer(s): Bombardier Aerospace - Canada
Total Production: 13

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 114.83 feet (35 meters)
Overall Width: 115.16 feet (35.10 meters)
Overall Height: 37.73 feet (11.50 meters)

Weight (Empty): 82,012 lb (37,200 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 133,997 lb (60,780 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 2 x Pratt & Whitney PW1500G turbofan engines developing between 18,900lbf of thrust (four variants available).

Maximum Speed: 470 knots (541 mph; 870 kph)
Maximum Range: 3,099 nautical miles (3,567 miles; 5,740 km)
Service Ceiling: 41,010 feet (12,500 meters; 7.77 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload


Global Operators (Customers, Users)

Ireland; Latvia; Mongolia; Russia; South Korea; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom; United States

Model Variants

C-Series - Base Series Name
CS100 - 110-seat version
CS300 - 135-seat version; increased travel range and MTOW.

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