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Swiss Air satisfied with Bombardier jet

By John Mulgrew

Published 23/08/2016

Swiss Air is the first airline to take delivery of Bombardier’s new CSeries
Swiss Air is the first airline to take delivery of Bombardier’s new CSeries

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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