June 17, 2013
Newly disclosed Bombardier CSeries customer Odyssey Airlines could have plans to operate 110-seat CS100s from small airports beyond London City.
One of a line-up of CSeries customers gathered by Bombardier today to talk up the aircraft, Odyssey CEO Adam Scott cites as key to the airline’s business plan the CS100’s ability to operate from “difficult and constrained” airports in Europe and elsewhere. “We will open up new markets from these airports,” he says.
Scott mentions as an example Toronto City Airport, from where CSeries customer Porter Airlines already plans to fly CS100s if it succeeds in getting the ban on operating jets at the airport lifted.
Odyssey was revealed as the undisclosed customer for a 10-aircraft order announced in June 2011, its CS100s intended for operation from London City Airport. The firm order is valued at $628 million at list prices.
“We are launching Odyssey Airlines with the CS100 aircraft because its transcontinental range will allow us to connect key city airports with stringent performance and environmental requirements both in Europe and further afield,” says Scott.
The start-up airline plans offer a premier service aimed at the “time-conscious business traveller” and focus on destinations that cannot currently be served from London City. Scott cites the CS100’s airfield performance, noise footprint and cabin comfort as key factors in its decision to build an airline around the aircraft.
Scott declines to be specific on which destinations Odyssey plans to serve from London City. “We are still finalizing negotiations with airports,” he says.