Swiss International Airlines has welcomed its first Bombardier CS300 plan into its fleet. The 145-seat aircraft will begin operating out of Geneva from June 1.
The brand-new plane touched down at the Zurich airport at 7:35pm on Saturday evening after leaving the Montréal-Mirabel airport in Quebec, Canada, the same day. The maiden commercial flight will be from Geneva to London Heathrow and is scheduled for June 1.
Swiss has ordered a total of 30 such planes.
“With its 20 additional seats, this second model in the C Series family ideally complements our current aircraft fleet, and gives us an optimal equipment mix for our European short- and medium-haul services,” said Swiss CEO Thomas Klühr.
The CS300 produces half the noise and consumes a quarter less fuel than the 97-seat British Avro RJ100 “Jumbolino” planes it is meant to replace. The new plane has the same 3x2 seat configuration but offers slightly wider seats - 18.3 inches in Economy Class compared 17 inches in the Avro RJ100 - and larger windows.
Delivery of the CS300 has been delayed by almost a month due to problems encountered by Bombardier in assembling the cabin.