Latvian carrier airBaltic has firmed options on seven Bombardier CS300 jets, bringing to 20 aircraft its total firm order for the type.

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On the first day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, Bombardier revealed commitments for CSeries jets from three new customers and conversion of an earlier commitment from an existing customer into a firm order for two CS300s.

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Nordic Aviation Capital A/S has signed a firm order for four Bombardier Q400 NextGen regional airliners. The four aircraft will be operated by airBaltic of Riga in Latvia and will join eight Q400 NextGen regional airliners the airline has ordered directly from Bombardier.

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Bombardier Aerospace has introduced an extra-capacity seating option that will allow its new CS300 commercial jet to seat up to 160 passengers. Bombardier has confirmed that Latvia-based airBaltic is a customer for the higher-capacity CS300 version.

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The order represents a major step in AirBaltic’s strategic move to operate an all-Bombardier fleet. The move will also see the Latvian carrier eventually taking additional Bombardier Q400NextGen turboprop airliners to add to eight already in service.

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Based on the list price of the Bombardier CS300, a firm-order contract with the network carrier (which styles itself airBaltic) will be valued at approximately US$764 million, and could increase to US$1.57 billion should airBaltic convert its 10 purchase rights into firm orders.

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