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Bombardier’s C Series makes first revenue flight for Swiss

A ground crew operator detaches a cable from a Bombardier C Series CS100 aircraft prior to a demonstration flight in Mirabel, Quebec, on Wednesday. The airplane was delivered last week to Swiss International Airlines. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
A ground crew operator detaches a cable from a Bombardier C Series CS100 aircraft prior to a demonstration flight in Mirabel, Quebec, on Wednesday. The airplane was delivered last week to Swiss International Airlines. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP) AP

Bombardier’s C Series CS100 made its first revenue flight Friday for Swiss International Airlines, the launch customer for the $71.8 million narrowbody passenger jet.

Flight LX 638 departed Zurich, Switzerland at noon local time on Friday for Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

Swiss said in a news release that the flight was fully booked .

“I am extremely proud that we are the first airline in the world to put this totally newly-developed aircraft into service,” Swiss chief commercial officer Markus Binkert said in the release.

Swiss has ordered 30 C Series aircraft, evenly split between the CS100 and the larger CS300.

The CS100 that Swiss took delivery of last week made brief appearances at Bombardier’s Flight Test Center on the west side of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport. The Wichita center is responsible for half of the flight testing of C Series aircraft.

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