Swiss CSeries CS100 pictures – Brussels to Zurich
If you passed by gate A45 at Brussels Airport on Sunday August 21st, you may have noticed that some festivities were taking place, which included cake, cava & a speech. And a brand new plane.
Swiss was showing off their new Bombardier CSeries (CS100) and I was on flight LX787 from Brussels to Zurich.
Although it was supposed to be the first visit of the aircraft to Brussels Airport, it had already been there a few days prior because of a technical issue with another aircraft. Nevertheless, cake, hand shaking, ribbon cutting & bubbly were in order to celebrate this occasion.
For Swiss, the Bombardier C Series is going to replace their fleet of old Avro RJ100 – which may very well be fantastic little planes if you’re a slim avgeek who doesn’t mind a bit of ear damage.
Swiss currently has 30 orders for C Series 100 & 300 (the larger version) which they will be taking delivery of the next few years.
Bombardier, the aircraft manufacturer, has already delivered its first 2 CS100 to Swiss, the launch customer.
All seats are created equal on the CS100, except for the exit row, so economy class & business class seats are the same, you do have some more privacy in business class because there should always be an empty seat next to you.
If you have a look at the pictures, you’ll notice the seats are in 2-3 configuration so you’re best bet is always to try & grab a seat on the left handside of the plane – which can be great if you’re travelling as a couple.
Here’s where the C Series is supposed to stand out: noise reduction, more personal space (seats) and fuel efficiency.
I cannot confirm (nor deny): the latter statement but apparently it’s 25% less fuel consumption than an Avro RJ100). The other two are definitely true.
I travel with the new Bose QC35 wireless noise cancelling headphones – I might switch to the in-ear version on September – but to really appreciate the CS100 I didn’t use them for most of the time and it is indeed MUCH quieter inside the aircraft, even during take-off! Something which was definitely noticeable when I flew an A320 only a few hours later, it’s such a big difference.
Also – perhaps totally random – but the lavatories were really spacious…
While the breakfast on the flight from Brussels to Zurich was fine, Duval Leroy champagne was a good companion to go along with it, the dinner on the flight back home to Brussels (operated by A320) was fantastic – probably the best meal in business class I’ve ever had – did you check my Instagram Stories?
If you happen to have a long layover at Zurich Airport, I can highly recommend visiting the Business or Senator Lounges at E-gates, which offer a fantastic avgeek view over the airport – not to mention that Senator lounge has over 120 Whiskies!
I was on Jetairfly’s 787 promotional flight (Brussels to Ostend 🙂 ), went out of my way to fly Qatar Airways A350 between Singapore & Doha, showered at 40.000 feet on Etihad’s A380 and awkwardly ended up on Ryanair’s inaugural flight between Brussels & Berlin Schönefeld (did they gave out Coffee Tumblers which was nice). So anyway, happy that I flew the Swiss CS100!