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2016-08-26 12:00:17

SWISS presents its latest aircraft in Budapest

Barely a month after it entered service, SWISS presented its latest acquisition, the world’s newest passenger airliner, to the Hungarian and international media in Budapest. The 125-seater Bombardier CS100 compares favorably to other aircraft of similar size, with its quiet, efficient and environmentally friendly operation.

The new Bombardier C Series 100 aircraft of Swiss International Air Lines arrived at Budapest Airport with Swiss precision, when flight LX2254 from Zurich touched down on runway I at 13:46. The brand new aircraft joined the SWISS fleet barely a month ago, on 15 July, and has visited Budapest several times since then. In addition to the Hungarian capital, the 125-seater aircraft (20 business and 105 economy class seats) operates to Prague, Geneva, Warsaw, Paris, Brussels and Manchester. SWISS will use the Canadian-manufactured Bombardier CS100 type to replace the Avro RJ100 aircraft in its fleet.

The CS100 boasts numerous technological innovations. It is natural nowadays that the aircraft is controlled by computers in all phases of flight. The cockpit features five large color monitors, providing information on flight parameters to the pilots, who maneuver the vessel not with a traditional control stick, but with a computerized sidestick. A lot of composite materials (e.g. carbon fiber reinforced plastic) were used in the wings and fuselage, to reduce weight and improve aerodynamics. Another brand new feature is the use of the Pratt & Whitney PW1524G type geared turbofan engines, which provide a 20% fuel saving and make the CS100 substantially quieter than other aircraft in its category. Participants were able to experience this for themselves first-hand in Budapest.

“We are very proud of the latest type in our fleet, and especially of the fact that the new aircraft operates to Budapest on a regular basis,” emphasized Iris Malich, head of SWISS International Air Lines in Germany, Austria and Central Europe. “In addition to the high quality of service they are accustomed to at SWISS, we are now able to offer our passengers greater comfort and a quieter cabin. Operational experiences with the new Canadian aircraft have been very positive so far, and our passengers took a liking to them immediately,” she added.

“We are happy to welcome this newest SWISS aircraft at Budapest Airport. During the 15-year operation of the Budapest-Zurich flight, the Swiss airline transported no less than two million passengers on this route, and can now increase its capacities by approximately 30%, thanks to the new aircraft type,” said Jost Lammers, the CEO of Budapest Airport. “This flight by SWISS operates three times a day, and is a very important link between Hungary and Switzerland, for business travelers and tourists alike. With this new aircraft type, SWISS is contributing to a reduction of environmental burdens in aviation, whilst also enhancing passenger comfort,” he added.