16 MAY 2016
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Manchester will be in the aviation limelight on 16 July when Swiss International Air Lines lands its first Bombardier CSeries aircraft – a CS100 – at the airport. Swiss is the first airline to operate the new twinjet.
The airline expects to take delivery of the first aircraft as scheduled at the end of June and says the short- and medium-haul jet sets “new benchmarks” in inflight comfort and operating economics.
In environmental terms, features include a 50% noise reduction which Swiss says will particularly benefit people living near airports.
The commencement of scheduled operations with the new Bombardier entrant will mark a further milestone in Swiss history following the successful service entry of the Boeing 777-300ER.
In addition to Manchester, Paris CDG, Prague and Budapest will also be among the first Swiss destinations to receive Bombardier CS100 service.
They will be followed by Warsaw and Brussels at the end of August, and by Nice, Stuttgart, Hanover, Milan, Florence and Bucharest in September.
More destinations currently served by the Avro RJ100 will gradually be switched to C Series operation as the new aircraft arrive. The Zurich – London City route is expected to have C Series service from the first quarter of 2017.
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