The Bombardier CS300 is another member of the Bombardier CSeries family of narrow-body aircraft. According to Bombardier Aerospace, the aircraft model must compete confidently with modern passenger airliners from Airbus and Boeing, for which aircraft designers approached the process of creating a passenger aircraft with a high degree of responsibility and very innovative developments.
Initially, according to the plans of aircraft manufacturers, it was planned to accommodate up to 130 passengers on board the aircraft, in connection with which the idea was proposed to name the Bombardier CS 130 aircraft (according to the number of seats), however, due to the possibility of optimizing the passenger compartment to increase passenger capacity, it was decided to abandon the original model name.
The Bombardier CS300 passenger airliner completed its first flight on February 27, 2015, after which various tests of the aircraft began to optimize the technical and flight characteristics of the aircraft. If initially, the passenger capacity of the Bombardier CS300 airliner was 145 economy-class seats, then in June 2015, the Director-General of Bombardier Aircraft Corporation announced that the engineers were able to improve the characteristics of the aircraft, and therefore, the number of passengers on board increased to 160 people. Among other things, if initially, the plane could make flights up to 5400 kilometers, then after modernization, the maximum flight distance increased to 6100 kilometers, which allows increasing the number of routes served by the plane.
The well-equipped cabin of the Bombardier CS300 aircraft allows you to accommodate more passengers, with virtually no reduction in seats, which makes it possible for the aircraft to compete on equal terms with its Airbus and Boeing counterparts.
The CS300, an extended version of the CSeries, is equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW1500G turbofan engines with a gearbox fan drive. Instrumentation of the pilot’s cabin is based on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics kit with 15-inch multi-function indicators. For the first time on Bombardier aircraft, side control knobs are used, and optionally, indicators can be installed against the background of the windshield.
In the production of Bombardier CS300 airliners, engineers from the aircraft building concern managed to achieve a 15% reduction in fuel consumption, which in turn makes it possible to reduce the cost of air carriers on various routes. Also, since composite materials and light alloys were used in the development of the passenger aircraft, it was possible to reduce both the mass of the aircraft and its cost, which, according to the manufacturer’s catalog, is $ 71 million. The manufacturer claims that new aircraft create 20% less CO2 emissions and they are 4 times quieter than their competitors.
It is assumed that the main operators of Bombardier CS300 passenger aircraft will be European countries, however, in reality, several air carriers from the USA and Canada have also expressed their interest in the possibility of acquiring new, modern passenger airliners.
The Latvian airline airBaltic will be the first customer to begin commercial operation of Bombardier CS300 aircraft, the manufacturer – Canadian company Bombardier Commercial Aircraft reports. Aircraft delivery began in the second half of 2016. airBaltic has ordered 13 CS300 aircraft with an option for another 7 airliners.
- Modification CS300
- Wingspan, m 35.10
- Length of aircraft, m 38.70
- The height of the aircraft, m 11.50
- Wing Area, m2 112.30
- Weight kg maximum take-off 67585
- Engine type 2 turbojet engine Pratt & Whitney PW1500G
- Thrust, kgs 2 x 9550
- Maximum cruising speed, km / h 870
- Normal cruising speed, km / h 828
- Ferry range, km / h 6112
- Practical range, km 4000
- Practical ceiling, m 12500
- Crew 2
- Payload: 130 passengers in two-class cabins or 140 passengers in economy class.