Bombardier Aerospace is now working exclusively with Pratt & Whitney to offer the geared turbo fan (GTF) engine on its CSeries regional jet, says Gary Scott, president of new commercial aircraft programs for the Canadian airframer.
Bombardier intends to launch its CSeries aircraft in 2008 for an entry in to service in 2013. The P&W GTF is expected to feature a max thrust rating of 23,300lb to give the CSeries a range of up to 2,300nm.
Bombardier believes the GTF powerplant will offer an estimated 20% better fuel burn than the narrowbody aircraft it hopes to replace. The CSeries is being designed as a replacement for aging aircraft like the 737 classic, DC-9, MD-80, BAe-146 and Fokker 100.
Bombardier says the CSeries will achieve an overall 15% better cash operating cost by increasing the amount of new materials in its construction. Composites will now account for 47% of the aircraft, up from 20% for the original design. Overall, the aircraft will feature 70% new materials including extensive usage of aluminum lithium.
The C110 and C130 will seat 110 and 130 passengers respectively with a 32in. seat pitch. The five-abreast cabin will feature larger windows and overhead luggage bins, as well as an all new fly by wire flight deck.