The battle for narrow-body supremacy has been ongoing for decades between Airbus and Boeing. News of airlines placing order in the double or triple digits for Boeing’s or Airbus’s aircrafts is a norm at any major airshows today.
According to a Boeing Market Outlook 2016-2035 report, the demand for narrow-body aircrafts will almost doubled by 2035; mainly from Asia and the LCC market segment. In addition, technological advances in composites material and engine efficiency have aided many other narrow-body aircraft manufacturers to compete at a level playing field with the Big Boys for this lucrative market segment.
One of them is Bombardier and their ‘market disruptor’ C Series. Formally launched in July 2008 at the Farnborough Airshow, they have about 360 aircrafts on order. Bombardier today has delivered a total of 19 aircrafts to Swiss and airBaltic, the CS100 and CS300 launch customers. They will be delivering Korean Air’s first CS300 and a first in the Asia region, in these few weeks.
To further enhance their position, Bombardier has recently embarked on a two month C Series World Tour 2017 from their Mirabel home base. They will be showcasing their CS300 aircraft, C-FFDO, to 15 interested airlines at 13 major airports.
Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways,
Air China, China Southern, West Air, China Express,
Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, AirAsia, Bangkok Airlines, Thai,
Air India, Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Royal Air Maroc.
September 23 - Anchorage, Alaska, USA
September 24 - Tokyo, Japan
September 26 - Beijing, China
September 27 - Shanghai, China
September 28 - Guangzhou Baiyun, China
September 29 - Chengdu Shuangliu, China
October 1 - Jakarta, Indonesia
October 2 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October 3 - Don Mueang / Bangkok, Thailand
October 5 - Indira Gandhi / Delhi, India
October 6 - Cairo, Egypt
October 9 - Amman, Jordan
October 10 - Casablanca, Morocco
October 12 - Mirabel, Quebec, Canada
On 2nd October, at 2000, history was made as the first C Series landed in KUL from Jakarta. She departed the next day at 1645, to Bangkok Don Mueang. Although her stay was short, we were delighted to be given the opportunity to cover this short and momentous occasion.
Early morning, 3rd Oct. Typical KLIA morning misty view. The CS300 parked at remote bay A14. She will be repositioned to Satellite Terminal at gate C16 once the morning widebody rush hour is over.
There we already some activity at the aircraft by the time I got to the Obs Deck. Crew was in the cockpit and airstairs removed. Pushback should be soon.
At about 0940, the CS300 pushed back. It was interesting to see that she taxied under her own power, following a Follow Me car, insted of being towed to gate C16. Her PW engines looked huge.
Taxiing by the Main Terminal Building slowly under her own power behind a Follow Me car. From this side view, the CS300 looked more like a mashed up plane with a A320 vertical fin, a B787 nose and a B777 tail exhaust.
Parked at gate C16, waiting to receive her guest between 1000 until 1430.
Invited guest need to register at Bombardier counter, setup in front of KLIA Premier Access, Level 5. There, we were given a temporary Airport Pass as well as a Bombardier's Black Tag. Without this Black Tag, guest were not allowed to enter the aircraft. This was a good move by Bombardier as they are abel to identify guest from airport staffs.
After we have completed the necessary registration and security check, we were excorted in the airside by KLIA staffs to a waiting bus just beneath the aerotrain tracks. The bus took us to a VIP holding lounge just beneath gate C16. In there, guest were treated with light refreshment before entereing the aircraft. The catering service was served by MAS Awana Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines.
Bombardier's C Series marketing brochure.
Interestingly, they customize their brochures according to the airports they visited. This would enable potential clients to see the range the C Series can offer from homebase with max load and max pax.
The Aircraft - To Be Continued...
Edited by KS Ong, 09 October 2017 - 01:43 AM.