Jets Belong at Pearson: Porter's CS100 on Par with Boeing 737
Comparison Shows CS100 Jet Plays in Same League as Boeing 737 November 21, 2013 TORONTO - We all know the feeling - you can't tell two relatives, acquaintances or colleagues apart - because they just look too similar. And that's the case with the CS100 jet and the Boeing 737. The Boeing 737 flies out of Pearson because jets are banned at the Island Airport. But now Porter wants to get special permission to fly the CS100 jet on our waterfront. Despite the fact that the two jets are almost identical in their dimensions. Let's take a more detailed look: The Boeing 737-600 (New Generation) has wing span of 35.7 metres; the CS100 measures 35.1 metres. The Boeing 737-600 is 12.6 metres high ((Wikipedia: article "Boeing 737 New Generation, accessed 2013-11-10)); the CS100 measures 11.5 metres. The Boeing 737 is the workhorse of WestJet's fleet (with the 600, 700 and 800 variants) ((WestJet website: current fleet, accessed 2013-11-10)). Air Canada used to fly the 737-200 ((Air Canada website: historical fleet, accessed 2013-11-10)). WestJet continues to operate its 737's out of Pearson. For comparison: the current Q400 turboprop plane weighs half of the CS100 jet and carries half the fuel. Jets belong at Pearson. If Porter wants to play in the big leagues with the CS100, they should go to the big leagues airport - Pearson. Residents around Pearson Airport would love to have Porter's oh-so-quiet jet there - if the CS100 is really as quiet as promised. Because the plane will not be certified for sound by Transport Canada before May 2014. Have you seen the 'whisper jet' (a term that Bombardier has never used - only Porter) take off? It's not as quiet as you might think. More of an old-school jet roar. Tell your City Councillor to stop the dangerous jet plans for the heart of our city.