Moscow-based leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co.’s shareholders have approved its conditional purchase agreement with Bombardier Aerospace for CS300 jetliners and the deal is now a firm order. It increases total firm sales of the Bombardier CSeries family to 177 aircraft and Bombardier holds lesser commitments on another 211.

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Both aircraft, which are of the Bombardier CS100 version, are 95 per cent complete and require only installation of minor systems, after which they will enter final function testing. At the unveiling, the manufacturer revealed it had increased the length of the CS300’s fuselage slightly.

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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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