3 APRIL 2017
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A landmark non-stop transatlantic flight from London City Airport (LCY) to New York JFK was successfully completed last week by a Bombardier CS100 in a significant advance in the aircraft’s development programme.
Carrying a representative payload, the intercontinental operation followed a series of flights to demonstrate the CS100’s capabilities for operations to and from LCY, including steep approach landing and short runway performance.
Bombardier vice-president Rob Dewar said: “The C Series is the only commercial aircraft designed specifically for operations at LCY and the aircraft smoothly performed all eight take-offs and landings during a two-day period, as planned.”
SWISS is expected to be the first airline to offer service with the C Series to and from LCY later this year. Bombardier says a transatlantic CS100 would be configured with about 40 modular flat bed seats.
The flight to JFK took just over 7hr with something less than 2hr fuel remaining. British Airways' current service via Shannon has a 9hr 25min scheduled time and 7hr 25min for the return non-stop. At Heathrow, carriers advertise around 7hr 40min going west and 6hr 50 in the other direction. British Airways' London City fares are common-rated with Heathrow.
London City to New York is 3,466 miles. Moscow is about 2,500 miles and Doha 3,260.
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