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Bombardier WASeries

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The Bombardier WASeries (World Airliner Series) is an airliner developed by Bombardier Aerospace based on the stillborn Being Sonic Cruiser. It was introduced to the world on January 25th, 2011 along with the Bombardier CSeries.

The WASeries was the result of no less than a decade's work, the plan here was something similar to Boeing's still-born Sonic Cruiser concept, an airliner designed to fly just below the speed of sound, thus reducing the time to cover a distance by up to 20%. The aircraft designed was large, with a semi-delta wing design and a long, wide fuselage. The aircraft was designed to seat some 260-310 passengers and have a range of some 15,000 km, enough to do fast transoceanic flights. Air Canada had proposed routes such as Vancouver-Frankfurt and Toronto-Hong Kong for the WA Series. The airliner used a virtually all-composite airframe, and specially-designed Rolls-Royce Trent 1100 engines, designed to operate at high altitudes. The WA Series would be pressurized to a lower altitude than any of the airliners currently in service, and as a result would be more comfortable to fly.

Users[edit]

Civil Users[edit]

  • Air Canada
  • Air New Zealand
  • Ansett Australia
  • Cathay Pacific
  • British Airways
  • Japan Airlines
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Qantas
  • South African Airways
  • United Airlines
  • WestJet

Specifications[edit]

  • Length: 212 ft (64.62 m) for WA 260; 244 ft (74.37 m) for WA 310
  • Wingspan: 223 ft (67.97 m)
  • Height: 58 ft 9 in (17.91 m)
  • Crew: Two
  • Seating: 256 passengers (WA 260); 312 passengers (WA 310)
  • Fuselage Width: 21 ft 3 in (6.48 m)
  • Fuselage Height: 19 ft 2 in (5.84 m)
  • Cabin Width: 20 ft 3 in (6.17 m)
  • Cargo Capacity: 4750 cu ft (134.51 cu m) for WA 260; 5,500 cu ft (155.74 cu m) for WA 310
  • Empty Weight: 247,500 lb (112,264 kg) for WA 260; 258,000 lb (117,027 kg) for WA 310
  • MTOW: 522,000 lb (236,775 kg) for WA 260, 574,000 lb (260,362 kg) for WA 310
  • Cruise Speed: Mach 0.975 (742 mph, 1,194.1 km/h)
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 0.99 (754 mph, 1,213.4 km/h)
  • Maximum Range (fully loaded): 13,502 km (8,390 mi) for WA 260; 15,200 km (9,445 mi) for WA 310
  • Service Ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,240 m)
  • Engines (x2): Rolls-Royce Trent 1100
  • Thrust (x2): 78,800 lbf (350.5 kN)

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