Air International 2017-08
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Main: Commercial
The PW1524G's final flight test, on P&W’s 747SP flying testbed, with the engine mounted on the inner port pylon.
From ten-minute island hops to long-haul routes to destinations on three continents, Air Seychelles is operationally complex given its relatively small size.
Air Seychelles uses a pair of A320s on regional routes to destinations such as Mauritius, Mumbai and Madagascar.
From ten-minute island hops to long-haul routes to destinations on three continents, Air Seychelles is operationally complex given its relatively small size.
The six Twin Otters fly a dense network of services around the Seychelles, with almost 217,000 passengers carried on them last year.
The Twin Otters provide a vital link in the Seychelles' tourism industry transporting visitors from the main hub at Mahe to the various islands.
Air Seychelles is the nation’s largest employer. A total of 92 employees are pilots, two-thirds of whom are Seychellois, and overall 99% of staff are nationals.
Air Seychelles is returning to Europe this summer with its A330s, reflecting a growing tourist trade.
Both A330s were formerly operated by Jet Airways, which like Air Seychelles is an Etihad partner airline.
According to CS100 launch operator Swiss, preliminary data evaluation confirms the PW1524G’s fuel-efficiency performance meets the expectations and guarantees.
Swiss has used its CS100s to replace its Avro RJs on its European short-haul network. Around 300 of its pilots will be trained on the aircraft.
Air Baltic is set to exploit the CS300’s range capability by putting the type on to new medium-haul routes from Riga, the first of which is Abu Dhabi from October 2017.
Air Baltic’s first CS300 YL-CSA (c/n 55003) arriving at its Riga base on delivery. This variant has 3,300nm (6,112km) range.
Swiss was the C Series family launch operator. Swiss CS100, HB-JBB (c/n 50011) is captured flying near St Moritz during an appearance at the World Ski Championships.
The C Series’ all-composite wing is manufactured using an innovative new process called resin trans­fer infusion.
C Series final assembly under way in Bombardier’s Mirabel plant. Aircraft are assembled at three stations.
Two airlines, Swiss and Air Baltic, have so far put the C Series into service. Korean Air is set to become the third operator later this summer.
PW1524G ground-testing at Pratt & Whitney’s West Palm Beach engine test facility.
The ratio of cold bypass air to hot core air in the PW1500G is 12:1, a ratio practically unachievable until P&W developed its geared turbofan technology.
At 20dB below ICAO’s Chapter IV minimum-noise standard, the PW1524G’s airport noise footprint is up to 75% smaller than those of previous turbofan engines.
The PW1524G is one of seven versions in the PW1500G family, with other variants powering other new airliners such as the A320neo, E-Jets E2 and Mitsubishi Regional Jet.
The robots used during final assembly each weigh 12,000kg (26,485lb) and reach a full height of 18ft 9in (5.72m).
Air Baltic, the CS300 launch operator, has orders for 20 of these aircraft.
Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics feature on the C Series, with standard features including an airport surface chart.
The cabin windows measure 16 x 11 in (279 x 406mm), similar in size to those in a Boeing 777, 25% larger than a 737's and 50% larger than those in an A320.
Space and light was a key design consideration for the cabin. There is a minimum seat width of 18.5in (470mm), the widest seats in any single-aisle, and the central aisle is 20in (508mm) wide.
The flight deck is dominated by 15.1-inch (383mm) multifunction display screens, with the large surface area of the screens designed to make it easy to find information.
An artist’s impression of a CS100 wearing Delta Air Lines livery. The airline says it will use the new type to, “reshape and up-gauge its narrowbody fleet”.