Bombardier C SeriesFri, 12/01/2017 - 17:41
A growing aviation market demands lighter and more cost-efficient aircraft that can carry more passengers. Optimized for the 100 to 150-seat market, Bombardier has designed its C Series to be the most efficient model in the market.
The C Series’ advanced aluminum fuselage, coupled with advanced composite empennage, rear fuselage, nacelle and wings, make it 5,400kg lighter than planes from other OEMs. The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G turbofan engines specifically designed for it, with a bypass ration of 12:1 – one of the highest in the world – and Gear System fan drive and advanced combustion technology.
The aircraft exterior design was validated through testing in a wind tunnel, as well as fluid dynamics analysis using state-of-the-art supercomputing capabilities to ensure its aerodynamic performance. The design is supported by advanced flight-deck technology, fly-by-wire controls and integrated avionics. As a result, Bombardier’s aircraft offers a 20 percent better fuel efficiency with a fuel burn of 2L per passenger per 100km and 18 percent lower costs per passenger. The C Series on-board maintenance system can also lead to 25 percent cost advantages, resulting in maintenance intervals of 850 hours for “A” checks and 8,500 hours for “C” checks.
Safety is also a priority for Bombardier’s new C Series aircraft, which is why the plane goes through virtual simulation, accelerated component testing, system-level testing and Complete Integrated Aircraft System Test Area. That allows Bombardier to guarantee 99 percent reliability at entry-into-service and 99.5 percent reliability two years after entry-into-service.
Regarding comfort, the C Series’ interior was also designed to ensure a spacious feel in its single-aisle configuration. Storage bins are at only 62in (1.57m) from the floor, allowing easy access to wide storage space. The 19in (0.48m) seats are the widest in a single-aisle aircraft offering more personal space to passengers and large windows are positioned high to provide more natural light and an optimal viewing angle. In addition, the crew is equipped with a Cabin Management System platform that tracks the plane’s interior environment, including entertainment and mood lighting.