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The CS100 is made by Bombardier in their Mirabel, Quebec plant. The aircraft’s range came out much better than Bombardier expected. Using the same engines as the CS300 the aircraft also has unrivaled short field performance, it can also follow a steep glide-slope. This allowed the aircraft to get certification for EGLC for Swiss to fly their CS100 into City from Geneva and Zürich.
But this isn’t about Swiss.
British Airways’ Cityflier subsidiary currently operates fifteen Embraer ERJ-190s with one still on order, almost all of these aircraft are based out of London City airport. They also have six ERJ-170s. The average fleet age between these two aircraft types is 7.8 years. These aircraft are also flown like workhorses by the airline.
With C-Series production expected to ramp up over the coming years, the current orders would dry up around 2022. This would place these ERJs with an average age of twelve years and thousands of flight hours. The lone Airbus A318 in the mainline fleet would be having it’s 13th birthday around then too.
Is It Perfect For British Airways?
Air travel is always growing as a method of transportation. The CS100 is bigger than the Embraer yet still offers superior efficiency. The larger size would be able to cope with the increasing demand of future air travel but the efficiency would allow British Airways to save costs.
British Airways could replace the A318 with it. British Airways flies the A318, in a 32 seat all-business configuration, as Speedbird 1 from EGLC-KJFK via Shannon Ireland, and Speedbird 2 from KJFK-EGLC. Bombardier also published the CS100’s range as 3100 Nautical Miles. This would put John F. Kennedy, New York in range of London City.
This range is also in a two class configuration. In a reduced seating - like what the Airbus A318 is configured with - the CS100 would easily be able to handle the flight. It wouldn’t have to stop in Shannon on the way there like the A318 currently does either. With better efficiency than the A318, and could seat 40 business class seats instead of the 32 the A318 is configured with. The only thing missing would be the required ETOPS-180 rating, which the CS100 doesn’t have.
Getting that ETOPS-180 rating would be something Bombardier would have to do, without it, an order, even for the CS100s that would be used throughout Europe is unlikely. This rating might be difficult for Bombardier to pull off provided that the P&W engines have constantly have troubles although it is possible.
I think that the CS100 would work for British Airways very well. It is a replacement for two aircraft, which both do very different jobs for the airline. If Bombardier can get that ETOPS-180 rating I could see them ordering seventeen CS100s and six or seven options. One would be a replacement to the A318, sixteen would replace out the E190s, and the six or seven options would go as a replacement to the E170s. This would streamline their their fleet further and would save costs.
Although, British Airways could very well discontinue the A318 London - New York service due to low demand and simply book the same business class passengers on the 777s 747s and A380s they fly out of Heathrow and Gatwick. Then they could possibly replace the ERJs with the new E2 series, this would save a lot of money with pilot type ratings because the E2 shares a lot of commonality with the ERJs they already operate.
What do you think about the CS100?
Should British Airways place an order?
Can Bombardier get ETOPS-180 on the CS100?
What Should British Airways Do?
- British Airways Should Buy The Bombardier CS100
- British Airways Should Buy The Embraer ERJ-190E2
- British Airways Should Do Something Else (Comment Below)
Thanks for reading :)