Bombardiers, the Canadian aerospace giant, is on the brink of a new generation of superjets — and the new ones are more powerful than ever before.
The CS100, the world’s most powerful superjet, was originally designed to compete with Boeing’s 747-8, but now that’s all but gone.
And the company says its newest CS100s are much more capable than the Boeing 747-9.
But it’s still unclear exactly what the new jets will look like.
The Canadian company has also unveiled a new superjet that’s also bigger than the previous model.
It’s the first superjet to carry a total of 12 passengers.
The CS100 will carry 12 people, up from 10 passengers on the Boeing 737-800, according to Bombarders.
It also will be able to take advantage of an enhanced version of its 737-700 passenger jet that makes the plane lighter, faster and more fuel-efficient.
Bombardies CEO Bob Lacroix says the CS100 can take off and land vertically with a top speed of Mach 1.5, compared to the 737-200 that can only fly at Mach 3.2.
The aircraft will be a new version of the CS-700, which is designed for military and civilian markets, as well as small- and medium-sized commercial jets.
The company says it’s now working on a new model for military customers.
Bombards CS-100 will be the first new superjet in over a decade, and it will be powered by a new engine that uses a four-stroke compressor that is four times lighter than its predecessor.
The aircraft will also use a much smaller design, using a new, smaller fuel tank that’s smaller than the CS500, Bombardings CEO Bob Lauten told The Globe and Mail.
The new engines are built by Pratt & Weber and will produce an output of 3,000 kilowatts, up to about 1,500 kilowatt-hours of power, according Bombard’s marketing materials.
Bombarded says the new engines will be significantly lighter and quieter than the older engines.
The engines will use advanced jet fuel cells that can reduce fuel consumption by 80 per cent compared to those used on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.