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C Series World Tour 2017 - Kuala Lumpur

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#1 KS Ong

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 01:42 AM

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.

#2 KK Lee

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 04:52 PM

If CS100 CASK is lower than A320 neo as claimed, is a idea aircraft for a new startup or FSC to challenge LCC e.g. AK, OD.

Edited by KK Lee, 09 October 2017 - 04:54 PM.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:46 PM

Good stuff, KS! Keep them coming!  :clapping:

#4 Hon Kit

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 12:24 AM

As a Malaysian we whack everything at the lounge, filling up our tanker while the lounge were still quiet before proceeding to the aircraft.


Prior to enter the aircraft, we were greeted by the cheerful Bombardier staff modelling her way promoting the aircraft at the door.

37547670646_099b98a19a_b.jpgIMG_20171003_123844 by Hon Kit, on Flickr



Upon enter the aircraft , we were surprise how bright the cabin were. With very high ceiling and  very spacious aisle .


36926585603_e98292b63a_b.jpgcabin1 by Hon Kit, on Flickr


36926586423_90c6653939_b.jpgcabin2 by Hon Kit, on Flickr



Also thanks to the larger window ,  more natural light brightens up the cabin which gives a very comfortable environment. 

The window are also positioned higher than its competitor. One can now look outside the window easier, rather than bending and twisting your body. Passenger seated at the aisle are also able to grab a good view out the window whist its almost impossible on the other narrow body aircrafts.


37547680216_7849e7d305_b.jpgwindow by Hon Kit, on Flickr


Next , the seat.






#5 Kee Hooi Yen

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 08:53 PM

Nice coverage from KS Ong & Hon Kit  :good:




The window are also positioned higher than its competitor. One can now look outside the window easier, rather than bending and twisting your body. Passenger seated at the aisle are also able to grab a good view out the window whist its almost impossible on the other narrow body aircrafts.






I like the window size & its higher position.


On another note, I always find the tray table position (on any plane) is too low. Hopefully someone can come out with a smart design for a right positioned tray table when deployed. 

#6 Hon Kit

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 11:37 PM

Tray table on this C series are no different than the others.. still hit your knee

#7 KS Ong

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 11:45 PM

The Bombardier crew was exceptionally friendly towards photograhers visiting the aircraft. One is able to gauge the size of the entrance door.



What really caught our attention was the 'note' on the right side of the door. Not certifiec airworthy?



The cabin crew monitor looks simple



As like any new planes opened up to potential customers, there are quite a number of people.



Looks quite spacious. You don't feel clutered eventhough there were quite a number of guest in the aircraft.



The 20in Asile is Bombardier's standard width for a 3 - 2, E config. Quite wide I must say. The guest were be abled moved easily without much knocking on other guest.


#8 Hon Kit

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 11:38 PM

Lets continue the chapter. 


The seat. As shown in picture below, the seat are really spacious and comfortable. Pitch is 31 inch. But this can be vary to airline's taste. They can cramp in an additional row and reduce the pitch to 28 inch (which is ridiculous). 


36926590273_806a70777a_b.jpgseat1 by Hon Kit, on Flickr


Huge window provides a great view of the wings.

37564526172_016fcc0545_b.jpgwing2 by Hon Kit, on Flickr


36926586053_83848083aa_b.jpgwing3 by Hon Kit, on Flickr




Heres some view of the cabin. As you can see the walk way is wide which allows passenger to drag a wide piece of luggage to the back of the aircraft.


36926586423_90c6653939_b.jpgcabin2 by Hon Kit, on Flickr




And the Lavatory. Notice there is no cabinet under the basin, feel more spacious here.


36926583763_6dd299a79a_b.jpglavatory1 by Hon Kit, on Flickr

#9 Samuel Chy

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 02:19 AM

thanks for the coverage from both of you, Ong Ong and ah Kit~! 

as well as the timeline posting.  :friends:

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