The first CS300 will be delivered to Korean Air in Canada on Friday and will arrive in Seoul on Dec. 25, with the second due to arrive in Seoul on Jan. 1, a Korean Air spokeswoman said. Korean Air, the first Asian airline to receive the C Series, in August forecast it would receive five CS300 jets this year. In October, President Walter Cho said the estimate had changed to “hopefully one”.
Korean Air in a statement said the two jets will run domestic routes from Jan. 16. The airline expects to receive eight more CS300s by the end of 2018, raising its total to 10.
The Bombardier CSeries or C Series is a family of narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range jet airliners originally designed by Canadian manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace. CS300 replacing B737-300s with a dependability above 99.3%, and 25% lower costs. In October 2017, Airbus and Bombardier announced a partnership on the CSeries program, with Airbus acquiring a 50.01% majority stake for no outlay, with Bombardier keeping 31% and Investment Québec 19%. There will be a second assembly line opened in Mobile, Alabama.