1 MAY 2017
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Following special trials at London City Airport (LCY) in late March (BTN 3 April), Bombardier’s CS100 aircraft last week was awarded its steep approach certifications by Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The CS100’s capability to operate at challenging airports such as LCY is crucial to its future development and to Swiss International Air Lines’ plan to become the first airline to operate the C Series at LCY.
Bombardier’s vice-president for the C Series programme, Rob Dewar, said: “The C Series has unparalleled capabilities, and the CS100 will double the range that can be flown viably from LCY, opening new routes for airlines and passengers.”
Vice-president for product development Frank Caza said to be certified to operate at LCY, the CS100 had to show it could perform at a greater approach angle, take-off and land on the short runway and meet local noise requirements.
He added: “As expected, our crew successfully demonstrated the aircraft’s capability and manoeuvrability and it now joins our Q400 turboprop and our Challenger 650, Global 5000 and Global 6000 business jets which already access LCY regularly.”
LCY chief executive Declan Collier said: “The C Series is a game-changer for LCY. It’s fantastic news it has been granted regulatory approval.”
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