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A220 family
C110, C130, CSeries Regional Jets

Airbus revealed the A220 at a ceremony held 11 July 2018 at its Henri-Ziegler Delivery Centre, near Toulouse. Witnessed by Airbus employees and members of the global news media, the A220-300 landed directly from the painting at 12:25 am CEST wearing its new Airbus name and colours. The A220 family comprises two models, the A220-100 and A220-300, formerly Bombardier Inc.’s C Series (CS100 and CS300). The aircraft are fully optimized for the 100 to 150 seat market and perfectly complement Airbus’ existing best-selling A320neo family.

With the bigger, CSeries commercial jets, Bombardier found itself competing at a new level with massive global players - Airbus and Boeing. Quebec’s bailout and Bombardier’s record quarterly loss of $4.9 billion underscore the depth of the troubles centered on the new CSeries aircraft that was plagued by overruns, missed deadlines and scant interest from major airlines.

The C Series is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100- to 150-seat market. Yet this entirely purpose-built aircraft has been made possible thanks to a long line of industry-shaping aircraft in the Bombardier family. The C Series, which incorporates decades of experience in the aviation industry, is the natural progression and exciting future of Bombardier’s commercial aircraft. Composed of the CS100 and the larger CS300, the C Series family represents the fusion of performance and technology. The result is two aircraft that deliver up to 18% reductions on per-passenger costs, making this family the ideal candidate for more profitable route operations. This means airlines can connect far-flung points on continents or sectors that were previously not profitable or possible.

In addition to delivering best-in-class economics with the C Series aircraft, Bombardier has placed considerable emphasis on cabin design to ensure an excellent passenger experience. Although the C Series aircraft only has one aisle, the aircraft’s larger seats, overhead bins and windows create an experience that offers passengers unparalleled comfort in a single-aisle cabin. The C Series also offers maximum cabin flexibility: great for airlines, and something passengers will love too.

The CSeries was a competitive family of aircraft that offers unmatched operating economics, reliability, total life cycle support, unparalleled passenger appeal and operational flexibility to meet the demands of the future. The CSeries aircraft is the first family of Bombardier aircraft specifically designed for the 110- to 130-seat market segment. Designed in two basic five-seat abreast versions, one version, the C110, will carry 110 passengers, while a larger version, the C130, will seat 130 passengers. Each of the two variants may be configured for either short-haul travel with a 1,800 nautical mile range or for transcontinental flights of up to 3,000 nautical miles.

The CSeries family of aircraft will provide flexibility and range capability to expand airlines networks beyond current hub-and-spoke operations to point-to-point flying. It will also share an engine, and have commonalities in crew training, operating procedures as well as part and maintenance procedures. To enable greater revenue generation and higher aircraft utilization, the CSeries aircraft is designed for simultaneous servicing points for quicker turn-around.

The C110 aircraft has an overall length of 114 feet, 8 inches (35 m) and the C130 aircraft an overall length of 125 feet, 3 inches (38.2 m). Both C110 and C130 aircraft offers standard (STD) and extended range (ER) versions: the C110 STD has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 120,600 pounds (54,704 kg) and the C110 ER a MTOW of 133,200 pounds (60,420 kg). For its part, the C130 STD has a MTOW of 131,800 pounds (59,784 kg) and the C130 ER a MTOW of 146,000 pounds (66,226 kg).

The CSeries aircraft standard interior configuration includes three-by-two seating with a comfortable 32-inch pitch separated by a centre aisle, and forward and aft galleys and lavatories. Mixed class interior layouts are also available, with four-seat abreast business class, to suit operator requirements. For easy and comfortable cabin movement the CSeries aircraft interior has seven-foot (2.1 m) stand-up headroom and is designed to ensure sufficient cabin space for a roller bag for every passenger.

Key technologies are at the heart of the CSeries advantage. Composite materials are part of the center and rear fuselages, tail cone and empennage and wings. Overall, 20 per cent of the aircraft weight is in composite materials. In addition to its fourth-generation transonic wing design, the CSeries aircraft has an advanced flight deck equipped with fly-by-wire and side stick controls.

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