HBombardier Commercial Aircraft’s new advanced-technology CSeries single-aisle mainline jet can play an important role in the expansion and improvement of China’s aviation infrastructure.
“The majority of flights in China have between 110 and 140 passengers, and more than 60 per cent of single-aisle aircraft flights leave the gate with between 80 and 130 passengers,” said Andy Solem, Vice-president, Sales, China and North Asia, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “That’s exactly where the
CSeries family of aircraft, with 110 to 145 seats, fits in. It is the right size for these circumstances and drives higher load factors and frequencies to stimulate the market.”
High-elevation destinations in China are witnessing growth rates exceeding 15 per cent. These hot and high markets require efficient performance from appropriately-sized aircraft. The CSeries aircraft’s high rate of climb and other performance capabilities allow it to serve airports in China’s Alps.
Wherever the CSeries airliner flies, it will do so with a considerable reduction in fuel burn. The latest generation of system technology, state-of-the-art aerodynamics, a lighter structure due to the extensive use of advanced materials, along with the game-changing Pratt & Whitney engine, the PurePower® PW1500G, lead to a more than 20 per cent fuel burn advantage.
The CSeries aircraft’s technology will also drive down direct maintenance costs by up to 28 per cent compared to current in-production aircraft.
Extensive use of composites also helps to lower the weight of the CSeries aircraft, which is 12,000 pounds (5,443 kg) lighter than its closest competitors.
“The CSeries aircraft is unique in that it is a ‘clean sheet’ design,” said Mr. Solem. “Other offerings are either growth versions, or shrunken versions, of existing aircraft. The CSeries aircraft is all new.”
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