Bombardier is studying whether to offer electrochromic windows as an option to CSeries customers. The electronically dimmable systems are already being used by Boeing on the 787. Airbus has them as an option for the A350.
"Some airlines think that for maintenance purposes, 'keep it simple and just go with the [regular] shade' but we are investigating making an optional one where we would put in those electrochromic [windows]," CSeries programme management director Benjamin Boehm tells Runway Girl.
A few carriers have enquired about it, he says.
Boehm says electrochomic technology offers some weight savings, while electro-mechanical shades - as seen on Qantas and Emirates Airbus A380s - does not. As such, the airframer is not leaning towards electro-mechanical shades.
Additionally, Bombardier has received no requests to put a window in any position where there is a lavatory. (Bummer)
"We're in the phase where we're doing a lot of listening to potential customers," says Boehm, noting that "the customer is king".
Bombardier expects to have a preliminary design freeze on the CSeries later this year and final design freeze late 2010. It will be announcing further suppliers "fairly shortly".
Stay tuned for more on the CSeries' new specs, and that little issue of additional empty weight. Until then, have a lovely weekend.