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Swiss Air satisfied with Bombardier jet

By John Mulgrew

Bombardier customer Swiss Air has said it is "satisfied" with the performance of the plane maker's flagship passenger jets, a month after going into service.

Bombardier's much-anticipated CSeries jet made its debut in July, with its first customer Swiss Air flying a CS100 from Zurich to Paris.

The company's Belfast-based workforce produces the wings and part of the fuselage for both the CS100 and CS300 planes.

A spokeswoman for Swiss told Air Transport World: "We are satisfied with the first 30 days since starting entry-into-service, of course, there is potential for optimisation."

But it was reported that there were some "minor" technical and operational glitches over the last month, including de-icing and air-conditioning.

A second CS100 also began scheduled flights last week, linking Zurich to Paris.

Speaking about the initial flight with Swiss Air last month, Michael Ryan, vice-president and general manager of Bombardier in Belfast, said: "This is another major milestone in the CSeries aircraft programme."

It comes after the Belfast Telegraph revealed Bombardier - which employs around 5,000 staff in Belfast - is moving some of its operations away from Northern Ireland to cheaper countries including Mexico and Morocco.

Earlier this month, the Canadian-owned firm said it was bringing forward 95 planned redundancies.

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