Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has confirmed that a C Series aircraft with a representative payload successfully flew non-stop from London City Airport (LCY) to John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York City, the company said.
The direct intercontinental flight followed a series of successful flights to demonstrate the CS100 aircraft´s exceptional capabilities for operations to and from LCY, including steep approach landing and short runway performance.
Transport Canada and EASA certifications for steep approach operations with the CS100 aircraft is expected in the second quarter of 2017. Bombardier has extensive experience operating at LCY Airport with various aircraft types, including the Q400 turboprop aircraft, as well as the Challenger 650 aircraft and Global 5000 and Global 6000 business jets.
The CS100 aircraft is the most efficient and economical commercial aircraft allowing airlines to viably offer direct intercontinental flights from LCY Airport to both North America as well as the Middle-East on top of opening numerous new route opportunities within Europe, Russia and Northern Africa, which were not possible with old-generation aircraft.
SWISS is expected to be the first airline to offer service with the C Series to and from LCY later this year.
Bombardier (TSX: BBD.A, BBD.B; OTCQX: BDRBF) manufacturers both planes and trains. The company is headquartered in MontrÃ©al, Canada. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, it posted revenues of USD 16.3bn.