The Bombardier CSeries stormed the aircraft market back in 2009, racking up 118 CS100 orders and 242 CS300 orders. As of right now, 16 have been delivered, with AirBaltic operating 6 CS300s, and FlySwiss operating 10 CS100s and 2 CS300s, one of which is featured in the featured image.
How to recognize and differentiate the two planes… The Avro RJ100 has a “Pointy” nose and four engines (Honeywell LF507-1F) they are quite easy to tell apart from the Bombardier CS100/300 There is only one thing that sets apart the CS100 and the CS300, which is size. The CSeries have a more rounded nose and have 2 engines (Pratt And Whitney PW1500G)
Does Size Matter? The answer is, yes! it does. The Avro RJ100 has about 91 seats onboard, the CS100 (bearing in mind that this is the smaller version of the two CSeries) has about 125, and the CS300 has about 160. Both planes outnumber the Avro.
Fuel Costs… Let’s say the Avro RJ100, The CS100 And CS300 all flew from GVA to LHR in the exact same time, and the exact same length, the amount of fuel used for the Avro RJ100 would be about 2880KG of fuel, the CS100 would burn 2355KG of fuel, and the CS300 would burn about 3150KG of fuel.
Here is a table…
As you can see, the Avro RJ100 comes between the CS100 and the CS300 in terms of fuel cost… you may ask, “Why don’t they keep the Avro RJ100s and not have any CS300s” The reason is, is that the CS100 and CS300 have more space than the Avro RJ100, and more space=more passengers which equals more money…
As I said at the start, the Avro RJ100 isn’t the only plane that will be retired from the FlySwiss fleet. As the A319s are to be replaced by CS300s. As they are more fuel efficient, and are also larger and more modern. (If you want to know more about the engines on the CS300, go on my “What Is The Neo” Blog!)