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airBaltic will be the first airline to operate the CS300 aircraft when it takes delivery in the second half of 2016. The aircraft will join airBaltic’s modern fleet of 12 Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Find more:

Latvia’s airBaltic Increases its Firm C Series Order to 20 Bombardier CS300 Aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Latvian flag carrier Air Baltic Corporation AS (airBaltic) has converted its remaining seven option aircraft to firm. This latest order brings airBaltic’s total firm order to 20 CS300 aircraft. This agreement follows the airline’s conversion of three option aircraft announced in February 2014. The original order for 10 firm CS300 aircraftwith options for another 10 was announced on December 20, 2012. The Riga-based airline will be the first customer in the world to operate the CS300 aircraft when it takes delivery in the second half of 2016 – an excellent companion to its existing 12 Q400 aircraft.

Based on the list price of the CS300 airliner, this firm order is valued at approximately $506 million US.

“Our fleet modernization continues as we proudly increase our all-new CS300 aircraft to a fleet of 20 technologically-advanced jetliners in order to support our ‘Horizon 2021’ business plan. This will substantially improve the connectivity of the Baltic region with Western Europe and the Eastern markets – all of which will help stimulate the economies of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, and create new jobs,” said Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer, airBaltic. “The CS300 aircraft will improve our passenger experience and convenience as we position ourselves for growth, reaching new destinations due to the increased capabilities of our new jets joining us later this year.”

“We are delighted that our CS300 launch operator, airBaltic has chosen to increase its firm order position as the airline embarks on transitioning to an all-Bombardier fleet,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “This demonstrates the growing collaboration between our two companies and we congratulate airBaltic on its achievements - including recently being recognized as the World’s Most Punctual Airline, in addition to being named one of the World’s Most Innovative Airlines. With the production of the airBaltic's first CS300 aircraft well underway, we look forward to its first commercial flight.”

Bombardier CSeries
The Bombardier CSeries (also C Series) is a family of narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range jet airliners by Canadian manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace. The CSeries models are the 110-seat CS100 and the 135-seat CS300. These models were initially named C110 and C130, respectively. In certification documentation, the CSeries family is designated Bombardier BD-500, with suffix -1A10 for the CS100 and -1A11 for the CS300.

The CS100 model of the CSeries took its maiden flight on 16 September 2013 and was awarded an initial type certification by Transport Canada on 18 December 2015. It entered service on 15 July 2016 with Swiss Global Air Lines. The CS100 is to compete with the Embraer E195-E2.

The CS300 first flew on 27 February 2015 and received an initial type certification on 11 July 2016. It is forecast to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2016 with airBaltic. The model is to compete with the Boeing 737 MAX 7, Airbus A319 NEO, and Irkut MC-21-200. For more info about Bombardier CS3000:

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