Bombardier sizes up London City transatlantic route

Canada’s Bombardier has been testing the takeoff and landing capabilities of its CS100 aircraft at London City (LCY), in preparation for transatlantic routes to and from the compact airport.

As well as putting the CS100 through its paces in relation to the airport’s steep approach landing and short runway, Bombardier also flew from LCY to New York’s JFK airport. The single-aisle, narrow-body jet was carrying weight equivalent to that associated with the 110 passengers it is expected to carry on each transatlantic flight.

“The C Series is the only commercial aircraft that was specifically designed for operations at LCY and we are very proud of its performance,” said Rob Dewar, VP of Bombardier’s C Series Aircraft Program

“The aircraft smoothly performed all eight take-offs and landings during a two-day period, as planned. This confirms the C Series aircraft’s unparalleled capabilities.”

The CS100 should receive certifications for steep approach operations from Transport Canada and EASA in the second quarter of 2017. Later in the year, SWISS is expected to be the first airline to operate the aircraft from LCY. According to Bombardier, the aircraft has a lower noise footprint than other commercial jets, making it suitable for flights into the centre of London. As well as transatlantic flights, the CS100’s range opens up potential routes from LCY to airports in the Middle East, Russia and North Africa.

“It has been a pleasure to welcome the Bombardier CS100 aircraft and its team to London City Airport for the first time, as part of their testing and evaluation process,” said Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport.

“Following the landmark C Series non-stop flight to JFK, we look forward to the completion of its regulatory certification, followed by entry into commercial passenger operation with SWISS.”