Friday, April 29, 2016

Bombardier CSeries Makes Third Atlanta Appearance

By: Jack Harty in Atlanta / Published: April 29, 2016

Bombardier has painted the Delta logo on one of its testbed CSeries 100 aircraft to commemorate the monumental order Delta Air Lines placed for the aircraft Thursday morning, and that evening, the CSeries was flown down to Atlanta to make an appearance at Delta Media Day.

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IMG_6574This is the third time that Bombarider has flown the CSeries to Atlanta; it was in town in late 2015 and earlier this month.

Delta has agreed to purchase 75 CS100 aircraft from Bombardier, making it the largest customer for the aircraft to date. The airline also has options for an additional 50 CSeries aircraft, and has certain delivery flexibility rights which includes the ability to take delivery of the larger CS300. The first delivery is expected to take place in Spring of 2018.

IMG_6598The CS100 features a state-of-the-art interior with the largest windows in the single-aisle market, full-spectrum ambient lighting, seat back in-flight entertainment, in-flight Wi-Fi, and high-capacity overhead bins. It also offers some of the widest seats of any narrow-body aircraft.

Delta says the aircraft will offer two-by-two first class seating, and in the economy cabin, Comfort+ and regular economy seats will be in a two-three configuration, and it will count with power ports, in-flight Wi-Fi, and seat-back entertainment systems.

Delta plans to use the CSeries to help with up-gauging regional flying to mainline flights. Ed Bastian explained that “up-gauging from regional to mainline has been a strategy at Delta since there has been so much change in the regional airline industry.” Although Delta plans to retire all of its MD-80s within the next five years, Bastian pointed out that the CS100 is not really a direct replacement; the CSeries order combined with the addition of new Airbus A321s and Boeing 737-900ERs is part of Delta’s overall fleet strategy to replace the venerable MD-80s.

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Disclosure: Delta Air Lines provided round trip airfare, meals, and accommodation for us to attend this event. Our story remains independent.

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