CSeries performance meeting expectations: Lufthansa

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Bombardier’s CSeries has met performance expectations during its first six months of flight tests, says Lufthansa Group chief executive Christoph Franz.

“So far, we do not see any major shortfalls from the promised performance data,” he says during a media event in New York on 30 January.

Lufthansa-subsidiary Swiss has an order for 30 CS100s, which will be configured with 125 seats.

Flight tests on the CS100 began on 16 September 2013 and Bombardier has said that the results were meeting expectations.

Despite the positive results, entry-into-service for the CS100 was delayed 15 months to the second half of 2015 earlier in January.

“We are very pleased that no major design changes have been identified,” said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, at the time.

The delay is an “issue” for Swiss but the airline is still “very happy and confident” with the CSeries, says Franz.

“We pray for early delivery,” he adds.