24 JULY 2017
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A Bombardier CS100 of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) was at London City Airport for the first time last week for trials before the aircraft enters commercial service with the carrier next month.
The twinjet, which will become the largest aircraft to use the airport, carried out pilot familiarisation and parking procedures while the visit also allowed ground handling staff to practise fuelling and handling manoeuvres.
SWISS is expected to announce on 8 August the full schedule of CS operations from London City to Geneva, although the inaugural is to Zurich. The airline received clearance earlier this year for the aircraft to use the airport.
LCY operations require a steep approach with a descent angle of up to 5.5deg instead of the normal 3deg. Earlier this year, Bombardier received clearance for this earlier this year from the European Aviation Safety Agency and Transport Canada.
A major expansion programme is under way at London City which among other improvements will increase available apron space and add a parallel taxiway to give more capacity as the arrival of new-generation regional jets such as the CSeries will bring new more distant destinations such as Moscow, the Middle East, and even Mumbai within range of the airport.
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