Bombardier Commercial Aircraft on Monday launched a month-long “route-proving” program in Europe with its C Series CS100 passenger jet.
The commercial airplane unit of Learjet parent Bombardier Inc. said the aircraft will be operated by the company from Swiss International Air Lines’ Zurich, Switzerland base. Swiss is the CSeries launch customer.
“The European route-proving program is very important to us and will provides a real indication of how the aircraft will operate in our network when we take delivery of our first CS100 aircraft in the next few months,” Peter Wojahn, Swiss’ chief technical officer, said in a Bombardier news release.
The program consists of flying typical airline routes and performing operational procedures, including observations of airfield performance, landings, airport turnarounds and on-ground operations, Bombardier said.
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Bombardier last year did a North America route-proving program with the CS100 that included more than 35 cities.
The European program follows the first successful flight of a second CS300 test aircraft last week. The CS300 is the larger of the two C Series jets and has maximum seating for 160 passengers compared with 133 for the CS100.