The Bombardier CS100 has received Transport Canada and EASA steep approach certifications, Bombardier said. This follows steep approach demonstration flights at London City Airport (LCY) in March.
“The CS100 aircraft steep approach certification process went smoothly as the C Series is the only commercial aircraft specifically designed for operations at challenging airports,” said Rob Dewar, VP of the C Series Aircraft Program for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The C Series has unparalleled capabilities no other aircraft in its category has – it will offer new possibilities for airlines wishing to operate at challenging airports around the world. The CS100 will also double the range that can be flown viably from LCY, opening new routes for airlines and passengers.”
Crews can use aural and head-up display systems on the CS100 during approach and landing. London City Airport’s CEO, Declan Collier, called the CS100 a “game-changer” for the airport. He cited its low noise levels and fuel efficiency, and said the aircraft can fly new routes, like nonstop services to the East Coast of the U.S., Russia, West Africa and the Middle East.
Swiss International Airlines is set to be the first airlines to operate the C series at London City Airport later this year. The C Series aircraft is manufactured by the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership, an affiliate of the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft segment of Bombardier Inc.