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Size the prize for new debut at UK airshow

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 01:47

Two new planes debut at this year's Farnborough Airshow, but they're not your average commercial jetliners. Hayley Platt looks at Bombardier's C-Series CS100 with its wider seats and Russia's Sukhoi's SportsJet - the world's first aircraft designed for professional sports team travel.

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They say size matters. And in the crowded commercial airline space, every inch counts. Aircraft manufacturers Bombardier are hoping the larger seats onboard its new CS100 will be ITS Unique Selling Point. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOMBARDIER, PRESIDENT, FRED CROMER, SAYING: "To offer a little bit more comfort, not only in the seat but in the windows as well, as well as the aisle, so that in a single aisle aircraft you could actually have passengers pass by the service cart as well." But is it a wise move at a time when the budget airlines are trying to pack in more seats not less? (SOUNDBITE) (English) JLS CONSULTING, DIRECTOR, JOHN STRICKLAND, SAYING: "What we've seen from companies like Bombardier is to carve out a niche with aircrafts which are smaller than the typical offering of Boeing or Airbus but at the same time they've stepped up from regional jets from years gone by which were often as few as fifty seats." And for the lucrative sports transport market, there was this offering from Russia's Sukhoi. The SportsJet 100 is the first aircraft designed for professional athletes. Equipped with enough medical gadgetry to keep its passengers in tip top condition throughout the flight. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUKHOI CIVIL AIRCRAFT, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, EVGENIY ANDRACHNIKOV, SAYING: "Owners of sports teams do invest millions of dollars in their players and they require the best performance out of them. So with 50 percent of their time spent travelling and being tired they must recover, relax, sleep and check and analyse their biometrics." SportsJet is still awaiting certification. But its expected to be in time for the FIFA World Cup tournament, hosted by Russia in 2018. Two years ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Size the prize for new debut at UK airshow

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 01:47