Ross Mitchell, VP of Business Acquisitions, Bombardier, discusses cabin modularity and flexibility for the CSeries at the 2015 Paris Air Show.
June 14, 2015, Paris Air Show: Bombardier made it official today, the pre-event of the opening of the Paris Air Show June 15: test results of the CS100 and CS300 exceed the numbers and promises advertised in its brochures.
Numbers have been leaking out for some time. Bombardier said the 110-seat CS100 and the 130 seat CS300 (two class, comfortable pitch) exceeded the original targets for fuel burn, payload, range and airfield performance. Officials also said the airplanes will meet noise targets, -20db below Stage 4, making them the quietest airliner in production.
Range, officials said today, was 3,300nm vs the advertised 2,950nm. The CSeries test results show there is “more than” a 20% advantage over today’s generation of airplanes (as opposed to a promise of 20% and more than 10% vs the forthcoming Airbus A319neo and Boeing 737-7 (vs a promise of 10%), resulting in a 15% total cash operating cost advantage.
Bombardier will reveal more detailed numbers at a press conference tomorrow.
We believe BBD will reveal a somewhat longer range for the CS100 vs the CS300 and more information about the range calculations that will further surprise the industry.
At the pre-event, Ross Mitchell, vice president of business acquisitions for Bombardier, also revealed BBD’s new 20-year forecast. The 100-150 sector, for which the CSeries is designed, is forecast to have a need for 7,000 airplanes. The 60-99 seat sector, served by BBD’s Q400 turbo-prop and the CRJ regional jet, will need 5,700 aircraft over the next 20 years, BBD believes.
Fred Cromer, the new president of Bombardier Commercial Aerospace, noted that the CSeries is the first, 100% new-design single-aisle aircraft in nearly 30 years. Colin Bole, the new sales chief, said the A319 and 737-700/7 are “shrinks” that aren’t optimized for the 100-150 seat sector–though he reluctantly acknowledged the CS100 is a bit of a shrink and the design is optimized around the CS300, which infers a future stretch, the CS500. Bole said focus now is on certifying the CS100 and CS300 and putting them into service. A CS500 could come at a later date.
More tomorrow from the next BBD event, with additional detail of the CSeries performance.