- 10-year agreement covers the airline's fleet of all-new C Series aircraft
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - May 11, 2016) - Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Swiss International Air Lines ("SWISS") has selected Bombardier's Smart Parts Program to provide component support for the airline's fleet of 30 all-new C Series aircraft. The 10-year agreement positions SWISS as the launch customer for the C Series Smart Parts Program and provides the airline with comprehensive component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, access to a strategically located spare part exchange pool, and an on-site inventory based at the airline's main hub in Zurich, Switzerland.
SWISS is the launch operator for the C Series aircraft, with the first CS100 aircraft scheduled to be delivered by Bombardier in June 2016. SWISS will take delivery of a total of 30 CS100 and CS300 aircraft.
"As we approach entry-into-service with our CS100 aircraft, we have selected Bombardier as our component services supplier -- strengthening our relationship even further," said Peter Wojahn, Chief Technical Officer, Swiss International Air Lines. "The Smart Parts Program will guarantee part availability and provide us with a cost-effective solution for our component maintenance and spare part requirements. This will enable us to secure a successful entry-into-service and to operate our fleet of C Series aircraft to its full potential, while reducing maintenance-related costs and our own investments into spare components."
"As the launch operator for the all-new C Series aircraft, we are pleased to have SWISS join our Smart Parts Program as launch customer," said Todd Young, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "Bombardier is delivering value to SWISS through our tailored Smart Parts Services offering to meet the airline's specific operational requirements targeted at supporting high dispatch reliability and cost predictability for its fleet of C Series aircraft."
About Smart Parts
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft launched the Smart Parts Program to provide Component Management Solutions in support of the Q400 aircraft fleet. The fleet supported by the Smart Parts Program has now grown to 130 aircraft enrolled by Q400 and C Series customers.
About C Series Aircraft
The C Series family of aircraft, representing the fusion of performance and technology, is a 100 per cent all-new design that offers operators up to US $13 million extra value per aircraft.
By focusing on the 100- to 150-seat market segment, Bombardier has designed the C Series aircraft to deliver unparalleled economic advantage to operators and to open up new opportunities for single-aisle aircraft operations.
By employing advanced materials, state-of-the-art technologies and advanced aerodynamics, combined with the Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1500G engine, the CS100 is delivering a 15 to 20 per cent fuel burn advantage compared to other re-engined aircraft.
In addition to delivering best-in-class economics with the C Series aircraft, Bombardier has placed considerable emphasis on cabin design to ensure a superior passenger experience. The aircraft offers 19-inch-wide seats that set a new industry standard, large overhead bins that accommodate a carry-on bag for each passenger, and the largest windows in the single-aisle market. Together these attributes create a widebody feel that offers passengers an unparalleled level of comfort.
All noise performance testing on the CS100 aircraft has been completed and data confirms it is the quietest in-production commercial jet in its class. The aircraft's noise performance and its outstanding short-field capability make it ideal for varied types of operations.
The C Series aircraft's maximum range has also been confirmed to be up to 3,300 NM (6,112 km), some 350 NM (648 km) more than originally targeted.
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Notes to Editors
Images of the CS100 aircraft in SWISS livery are posted with this press release at www.bombardier.com. Photos from a ceremonial signing event will be available tomorrow.
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