Latvian flag carrier becomes the launch operator for CS300 — the larger variant of Bombardier’s all new C Series aircraft, which is designed to carry 145 passengers.
The maiden flight of airBaltic’s new bird, which will take passengers from Riga to Amsterdam, is scheduled for December 14, 2016.
Passengers will be able to enjoy unparalleled comfort in a single-aisle cabin — according to Bombardier, thanks to aircraft’s larger seats, overhead bins and windows that all deliver a wide body feel.
New aircraft is also much quieter – with four times smaller noise footprint. Moreover, at the moment, it is the greenest commercial aircraft in the world, as it is the first aircraft to have a transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, helping to reduce CO2 and NOX emissions by 20% and 50% respectively.
airBaltic is has ordered 20 CS300 aircraft altogether. Based on the list price of the CS300 airliner, this firm order is valued at approximately $506 million US.
We are thrilled to be taking home the first CS300 aircraft – the newest member of the most innovative and technologically advanced family of airliners in the world.
“With its longer range capabilities, lower fuel burn and reduced noise emissions compared to other airliners in its segment, the CS300 aircraft will enable airBaltic to open new routes and connect people all across Europe, while offering passengers an unparalleled in-flight experience,” Mr. Gauss also added. “I would like to congratulate the entire Bombardier team; we are proud to collaborate with you on this great achievement.”
“We congratulate airBaltic, the first airline in the world to operate the CS300 aircraft, for its forward-thinking vision. We thank them for their partnership and long-standing support and wish them continued success” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Wherever the C Series aircraft takes to the skies, it will be an ambassador for Bombardier and a symbol of Canadian innovation and achievement as the most technologically advanced aircraft for the 100- to 150-seat market segment.”