MIAMI — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has informed today that Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have awarded the CSeries CS100 and CS300 with the same type rating, allowing flight crews to transition easily from one aircraft to the other, among other benefits for operators.
“The same type rating is a reflection of the high commonality between the CS100 and CS300 aircraft. This is great news for customers that operate both aircraft as they will benefit from the cost-effective, minimal training required to transition pilots from one model to the other. The commonality also extends to spare parts, maintenance procedures and ground handling, which altogether represent significant financial advantages to customers,” Todd Young, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft said in a statement.
Bombardier designed the two versions of the CSeries side by side, with only the center section being longer for the larger CS300 model.
Last June, the first CS100 was delivered to Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). SWISS has reported that the aircraft performed as expected despite a few minor issues during the first month of service, while the first CS300 is slated to be delivered to Latvia’s airBaltic in the coming days.