Bombardier Aerospace is continuing to involve CSeries aircraft customers and potential customers in the development of the all-new mainline jet. To facilitate this, Bombardier hosted its most recent CSeries Airline Advisory Council (AAC) meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland on March 16 and 17. Another session will be held in April in Montreal, Quebec, and the company expects to continue the collaborative effort in Asia and the South Pacific later this year.
During the CSeries AAC meetings, Bombardier provides an update on the design and architecture of the aircraft and summarizes the activities of the CSeries aircraft airline working groups. The airlines and leasing companies, in turn, outline their specific requirements for the aircraft. Recommendations are discussed at the meetings or addressed later by the CSeries aircraft development team. In this way, airlines and leasing companies are kept fully involved in the customer-focused CSeries aircraft program.
Airline and leasing company representatives at the Belfast event visited the new composite facilities where the CSeries aircraft wings will be produced, and were updated on Bombardier's leading-edge composites technology. Pratt & Whitney, supplier of the PurePower PW1000G engine for the CSeries aircraft, was also represented.
At the Montreal session, participants will be able to explore the recently updated mockup of the CSeries aircraft, which is located in Bombardier's new customer experience centre, and see details of the company's new aircraft assembly facilities and processes.
"The AAC procedure ensures that the design of the CSeries aircraft will fulfill the expectations of airlines and leasing companies all over the world and that the airliner will become the most optimized solution for the 100- to 149-seat segment," said Eric Martel, Senior Vice President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
The CSeries aircraft will deliver the lowest operating costs in its class, exceptional operational flexibility, widebody comfort and an unmatched environmental scorecard.