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Can The Bombardier CS300 Really Compete With The B737 and A320?

Bombardier's CS300 went wheels-up for the first time last week. Here are 12 things to know about the new jet.

1) The CS300 made its first flight on Friday, February 27th at Bombardier's headquarters in Montreal.


2) Bombardier previously tried to purchase the Fokker 100 design, but the negotiations failed. Instead, Bombardier went with the clean sheet CS100/300 designs.


3) The CS300 will seat 130-160 passengers, putting it in direct competition with the Airbus A319/A320, and smaller versions of the Boeing 737.


4) There is some skepticism about how successful the jet will be, based on the popularity of the existing Boeing 737 and Airbus A319/A320 aircraft lines.


5) The CS300 is Bombardier's largest aircraft they have ever built.


6) The CS300's new Pratt & Whitney PW1500 engines will provide an estimated 20% fuel burn savings over comparable aircraft flying today.

Pratt & Whitney

7) The flight deck features huge LCD displays, with optional built-in electronic flight bags.


8) The jet also comes with side-stick controls, unlike the CRJ models which have traditional floor-mounted control yokes.


9) The CS300 has a 2,950 NM range, giving it the capability of reaching almost any city pair in North America.

Google Maps

10) Here's a lavatory that isn't tiny. Most modern aircraft have claustrophobic lavs. The CS300 actually has some room to move in.


11) One of the worst parts of riding in the back of the CRJ are the low-positioned windows. The CS300 has bigger, higher windows, so you can actually see outside.

12) It's a tall order to compete against the well established 737 and A319/A320 aircraft lines, but with the advanced technology and fuel savings of the CS300, Bombardier might just have a shot.


Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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