Home' Asian Aviation : AAV November 2011 Contents AsianAviation | NOVEM BER 2011 37
irbus and Boeing have both been
grabbing headlines and racking up
orders with re-engined versions of
their market-leading single- aisle
aircraft families. With all the
attention that has b een focused on
these manufacturers as Airbus’s A320neo and Boeing’s
737 MAX go head-to -head, it is easy to forget that
both those models will be facing emerging competition
from a clutch of all-new single-aisle jetliners.
The 110- to 130-seat CSeries, from Canadian
manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace, is that
company’s first venture into territory hitherto
dominated by the A320 and 737 jet families.
In July, Korean Air (KAL) placed the most recent
orders for the ne w aircraft, converting a letter of
intent signed on 21 June at the Paris Air Show into
a firm order for ten, 130-seat CS300 versions of the
aircraft. The deal also includes options on ten more
aircraft of the same type, as well as purchase rights for
a third batch of ten.
According to Bombardier, the South Korean flag
carrier has ambitious plans to mobilize the CSeries
in the Asia-Pacific region, including adding new
routes to China. The order makes KAL the first Asian
customer for the CSeries, and takes total firm orders
for the aircraft up to 133 from eight customers. The
manufacturer has also booked 119 options and ten
“Korean Air’s selection of the CSeries aircraft to
meet its route expansion requirements in the Asia-
Pacific market, and our growing list of customers
in the European and North American markets are
testaments to the high value and operational flexibility
of the CSeries aircraft programme,” says Gary Scott,
president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1521G geared
turbofan engines, the aircraft will offer a 15 percent
cash operating cost advantage and a 20 percent fuel-
burn reduction compared with today’s competitors,
the manufacturer predicts. It will also offer “greatly
reduced” noise and emissions, as well a s “superior”
operational flexibility and airfield performance,
along with range of 2,950 nautical miles (5,463km).
The jetliner will feature “widebody-style seating in a
single-aisle aircraft”, Bombardier says.
Apart from KAL, other customers to date include:
Republic Airways, with an order for 40 CS300s;
Deutsche Lufthansa, which is taking 30 smaller,
110-seat CS100s; Lease Corporation International
Group, with 17 CS300s and three CS100s; Braathens
Aviation, which ha s ordered five of each version; a
“well-established, unidentified airline”, which will take
three CS100s; an “unidentified major network carrier ”,
taking ten CS100s; and “an unidentified European
customer”, which has ordered another ten CS100s.
The CS100 aircraft is scheduled to enter revenue
ser vice in 2013, followed by the CS300 in 2014.
Being a clean-sheet design is simultane ously an
advantage and a disadvantage for the CSeries, when
compared with its re-engined competitors.
On the plus side, Bombardier has used state-of the
art structural and aerodynamic design techniques and
the latest production technology to produce the most
efficient aircraft possible.
On the other hand, customers may see the CSeries
as a higher-risk proposition than the A320neo or the
737 MAX – both of which are familiar aircraft from
manufacturers with a great deal of experience in this
market segment. A clean-she et design also requires
massive initial investment, compared with the
relatively small investment Airbus and Boeing face
to improve their best-selling models. Training and
maintenance procedures for the CSeries will all be
new, while both the A320neo and the 737 MAX will
offer a great deal of commonality with current fleets.
But Bombardier remains confident that the technical
advantage of an all-ne w design will win the day, as
well as the fact that the CS eries will enter the market
three years ahead of the A320neo and four ahead of
the 737 MAX .
Among the systems highlighted by the manufacturer
are the CSeries’ all-new flight deck, featuring Rockwell
Collins’ Pro Line Fusion avionics suite.
“The Pro Line Fusion avionics solution provides an
open architecture that features an intuitive graphical
“Korean Air’s selection of the CSeries aircraft to meet its route
expansion requirements in the Asia-Pacific market, and our
growing list of customers... are testaments to the high value and
operational flexibility of the CSeries.” – Bombardier Commercial
Aircraft President Gary Scott
contenders line up
Airbus and Boeing’s re-engined versions of their best-selling single-aisle jetliners
face competition from a number of all-new designs, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
Korean Air wants to use the CSeries
on Asia-Pacific services, including new
routes to China.
28/10/11 8:30 PM
Links Archive AAV October 2011 AAV Dec Jan2011 2012. Navigation Previous Page Next Page