Bombardier C Series Airliner Spotting Guide


 

About Bombardier Aerospace

Bombardier CS100 of Swiss Air, registration HB-JBA, one of the initial CS100 deliveries
Swiss Air Bombardier CS100

Bombardier Aerospace  manufactures a line of business jets, passenger jets, and DHC Dash-8 (Q-Series) turboprop aircraft.

The company has delivered more than 2,450 commercial aircraft and over 3,400 business aircraft worldwide. Bombardier is headquartered in Dorval, Quebec, Canada.

Bombardier and Brazilian-based Embraer compete for the position as the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world behind Boeing and Airbus.

In addition to the C Series of airliners, Bombardier also markets the CRJ Canadair Regional Jet Series.

The C Series of Jetliners

The C Series single-aisle, narrow-body jetliner now being built by Bombardier is optimized for the 100-150 seat market segment, and includes the CS100 and CS300 models. Both models share the same height, wingspan and fuselage diameter. The CS300 can fly an extra 230 miles.  The two aircraft have over 95% parts commonality, and share the same type rating.

Deliveries began in 2016, with Swiss Air, AirBaltic and Korean Air Lines among the initial operators. Production facilities are in Mirabel, Canada.

Nose view of the Bombardier C Series
Nose view of the Bombardier C Series

The design is 100% new, from nose to tail. The C Series aircraft contains a high proportion of composite materials; it features 70% advanced materials comprising 46% composite materials and 24% aluminium-lithium.

The main landing gear units retract inward, wile the nose gear retracts rearward. Each unit is twin-wheeled, for a total of six wheels on the plane.

One engine is mounted under each wing in the C Series aircraft, and the wings feature winglets on the ends. Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1000G engines are used.

The C Series cabin was designed to provide the widest seats on a single-aisle aircraft, the largest windows and up to 30% more carry-on bags.

The cabin features large windows, and large, rotating overhead storage bins allowing each passenger to stow a sizeable carry-on bag overhead. LED lighting can be changed as the airline dictates.

C Series Model Overall
Length
Typical
Seating
Range
CS100 114' 9" 108 - 135 3,100nm
CS300 127' 0" 130 - 160 3,300nm

 

Agreement Between Bombardier and Airbus on the C Series

In October of 2017 Airbus and Bombardier announced a new C Series partnership. Under the agreement, Airbus will provide procurement, sales, marketing, and customer support expertise to the C Series program.

It is reported that the primary C Series assembly line will remain in Quebec, with some orders for the C Series to be assembled at the Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama.

Bombardier C Series Spotting Tips

Shown below is a side-by-side comparison of the the Bombardier C Series CS100 and CS300, with its two engines mounted under the wings, winglets, two dual-wheel main landing gear and four-piece windshield. Each model shares the same wingspan, fuselage width and height. The C Series design includes two cabins doors on each side of the fuselage, and one emergency exit over the wing.

The CS100 features 12 windows in front of the emergency exit, while the CS300 has 16-17 windows.

Side-by-side comparison of the Bombardier CS100 and CS300, with two engines mounted under the wings, winglets, two dual-wheel main landing gear and four-piece windshield.

Bombardier CS100 (top) and CS300 (bottom) prototypes
(Photo courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace)
Bombardier CS100 (top) and CS300 (bottom) prototypes

Bombardier CS100 in a landing approach
(Photo courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace)
Bombardier CS100 in a landing approach

AirBaltic Bombardier CS300
(Photo courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace)
AirBaltic Bombardier CS300

Interior view of the spacious Bombardier C Series jetliner
(Photo courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace)
Interior view of the spacious Bombardier C Series jetliner

Large windows and seating arrangement in the Bombardier C Series jetliner
(Photo courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace)
Large windows and seating arrangement in the Bombardier C Series jetliner

Delta Air Lines has placed an order for 75 CS100 airliners. Shown below is a rendition of a Bombardier CS100 in Delta livery
(Photo courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace)
Bombardier CS100 in Delta Air Lines livery


Comparing the Bombardier C Series to Similar Airliners

The cockpit windshield configuration (side view) of the Bombardier CS100 compared with the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787
The cockpit windshield configuration of the Bombardier CS100 compared with the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787


The configuration of the cockpit windshield (front view), on the Bombardier CS100 with its 4-piece windshield. For comparison, the windshields of the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 are also shown.
The configuration of the cockpit windshield, seen from a front view, on the Bombardier CS100 with its 4-piece windshield. For comparison, the windshields of the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 are also shown.

The chart below shows a side-by-side comparison of the Bombardier CS100 (top) and the Embraer E175 (below)
The chart below shows a side-by-side comparison of the Bombardier CS100 (top) and the Embraer E175 (below)

 

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