Non-stop flights from London City airport to Dubai, Moscow and New York are a step closer to reality following the launch of the Bombardier CS100 aircraft.
With a range of nearly 3,500 miles, the use of the aircraft – operated by Swiss International Air Lines – opens up flight routes and removes the need for refuelling and stopovers.
Having flown between London City airport and Zurich for its inaugural flight, several airlines are now said to be assessing their options for the new jet.
London City’s current service to New York is run by British Airways and uses an Airbus A318, which has to land in Shannon, in the west of Ireland, to refuel.
Capable of handling 130 passengers, the aircraft has been certified to land at JFK airport and there are currently two airlines looking to operate the CS100 on transatlantic routes.
Odyssey – a start-up formed by ex-Goldman Sachs bankers – and Privatair, a privately-owned Swiss business jet operator, have expressed an interest in running the route.
The arrival of the new aircraft comes after London City airports new owners announced a £370 million expansion plan to increase the number of flights by 40%, raising passenger capacity to 6.5 million a year.
A major advantage for the CS100 aircraft is its ability to land from a steeper gradient than larger jets, making it more appealing to airports that are not ideally located.
The aircraft also aims to fill a gap in the market – larger planes, such as the Airbus or Boeing models, start with 150-seats, while regional jets only have a maximum capacity of 100.
It is hoped that the C series will be able to fulfil demand for routes where there are too many passengers for a regional jet but not enough for a significantly larger model.
A number of companies including Delta Air Lines, Air Canada and Korean Air Lines are set to take deliveries of the aircraft over the next few years.
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Date Created: 17/08/2017