Latvian carrier airBaltic has firmed options on seven Bombardier CS300 jets, bringing to 20 aircraft its total firm order for the type.
AirBaltic is due to become the first operator of the Bombardier CS300 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in the second half of 2016, adding to a fleet which already includes 12 Bombardier Q400 turboprop regional airliners.
The airline will use its CS300s to replace seven Boeing 737-300s and five 737-500s it now has in service, becoming an all-Bombardier operator.
“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,” says Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic.
“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,” adds Gauss.
“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,” Gauss says.
AirBaltic placed its first firm order for 10 CS300s on December 30, 2012, optioning another 10. In February 2014, it announced it had converted its options on three aircraft into a firm order.
Its April 12, 2016 order represents conversion of airBaltic’s remaining seven CS300 options.
Based on the list price of the CS300, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft values airBaltic’s latest firm order at approximately US$506 million.
According to Bombardier, its C Series aircraft are the quietest in-production commercial jets in their class. They offer a combination of outstanding short-field capability and a maximum range of up to 3,300 nautical miles (6,112 kilometers), positioning them for varied types of operations.
Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 678 C Series aircraft, including firm orders for 250.