Flightradar24 Blog

Route Proving with the Bombardier CS100

Route Proving with the Bombardier CS100

Share this article
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

Bombardier’s C Series CS100 C-FFCO test aircraft spent most of March based in Zurich performing route proving trials for SWISS. C-FFCO’s time in Europe was meant to ensure that all will go smoothly when the CS100 begins flying for SWISS later this year. The route proving trials put the aircraft through simulated airline operations before SWISS takes delivery of its first C Series 100 in June.

Flight deck by AviaStar Phtography

Interior by AviaStar Photography

Departure from Vienna by Chris Jilli

The aircraft visited nearly all destinations SWISS intends to serve with the CS100 in its first year in service. But what does a month of simulated operations looks like? We decided to take a look and see what C-FFCO was up to during its European tour.

C-FFCO visited over 20 airports during SWISS route proving trials
C-FFCO visited over 20 airports during SWISS route proving trials

C-FFCO visited over 20 destinations, including Zurich, flying throughout Europe as close to Zurich as Stuttgart (145 km) and as far as Bucharest (1,391 km). SWISS took the opportunity of each visit to further familiarize their crews with different aspects of the CS100 as well as familiarizing service providers, such as contracted ground crews, with the aircraft.

The shortest and longest proving flights to Stuttgart and Bucharest.
The shortest and longest proving flights to Stuttgart and Bucharest.

During the 20 days of trials, the Bombardier CS100 pilots became quite familiar with Zurich Airport. The route proving flights were all flown by Bombardier’s own pilots, but SWISS pilots were on board as observers.

Close-up on C-FFCO flight paths near Zurich Airport
Close-up on C-FFCO flight paths near Zurich Airport

SWISS currently has orders for 20 CS100 aircraft and 10 of the larger CS300 aircraft. The CS300 is still undergoing flight tests. Those flights may be tracked with call sign filter “BBA”.

 

Featured Image by Shin Young Kyun.

Get the latest aviation news delivered to you

Get the latest aviation news delivered to you

Flight tracking and aviation industry news direct to your inbox

Aviation news comes quickly, so join more than 600,000 others who receive weekly aviation industry and flight tracking news from Flightradar24 direct to their inbox.

Share this article
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

Useful flight tracking glossary

View our glossary of terms which you may encounter either on our site or in aviation in general that we hope enriches your flight tracking experience.

About Flightradar24

Flightradar24 is a global flight tracking service that provides you with real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world.
Latest video
Get weekly updates on Flightradar24 and have the latest aviation news land in your inbox.

How flight tracking works

Flightradar24 combines data from several data sources including ADS-B, MLAT and radar data.
Search the blog
Trending articles
Follow us
Latest AvTalk Podcasts
Related news

Tracking re-registered Russian jets

The Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority has provisionally suspended the certificates of airworthiness of all aircraft operated by Russian airlines on the Bermudan registry. The suspension

Help to grow our flight tracking coverage

We are continually looking to improve our flight tracking and the airports below are where new receivers will add the most coverage. Apply for a receiver today and if accepted you’ll receiver a free Flightradar24 Business Subscription.

Free ADS-B Receiver
Most wanted global airports
Try the full Flightradar24 experience free for 7 days
Remove ads and unlock over 50 additional features

Get the Flightradar24 Aviation newsletter

Flight tracking and aviation industry news direct to your inbox

Aviation news comes quickly, so we want to bring more of the aviation world to you with our weekly Flightradar24 aviation newsletter - On The Radar.