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Bombardier Takes 1st Order for CS300 Airliner from airBaltic


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Aircraft maker Bombardier announced that Latvian carrier airBaltic will be the first client to operate CS300 aircraft when it takes delivery of the plane in the latter part of 2016. The Latvian national airline has 13 firm orders for the CS300 and retains options for seven others.

“Bombardier’s CS300 airliners are integral to the execution of airBaltic’s business development strategy and fleet optimization plan. As the airline increases its network potential, we will do so by replacing older jet aircraft,” said Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer, airBaltic. “The CS300 aircraft has exceeded our expectations in terms of its noise and emissions footprint, aligned with airBaltic’s low environmental impact vision. Additionally, it will offer airBaltic passengers a widebody, unparalleled in-flight passenger experience, perfectly complementing our modern fleet of 12 Bombardier Q400 turboprops.”

The airline’s CEO, Martin Gauss, has long been a proponent for the delayed Canadian narrowbody as a replacement for its Boeing 737-300s and -500s. At the show, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (BCA) president Fred Cromer told journalists that the flight test process for the regional jet was now virtually complete.

“Just a couple more flights and a few more days and we’ll make the announcement,” Cromer said.

“We are thrilled to confirm that airBaltic will be the first airline in the world to operate the CS300 aircraft. As one of Europe’s leading innovative airlines, airBaltic is successfully reshaping its business plan and expanding network capacities on the backbone of the C Series aircraft – which will provide the perfect fusion of performance, technology and comfort.”

The unrivaled cabin living space offered by the CS300 aircraft will allow airBaltic to optimize its extra capacity seating offerings without comprising passenger comfort, together with world-class flying experience. Bombardier has previously said that interest in the program has grown in recent months as potential clients – notably since the Paris Air Show in June, where it was in the flying display – have seen the aircraft in the flesh and the end of the certification process has neared. Deliveries to Swiss will start in the first half of 2016, with the CS300 entering service six months later.

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