Jet maker Bombardier has delivered its first CS300 aircraft. The CS300 aircraft was awarded its type certificate by Transport Canada on 11 July 2016.
airBaltic first operator CS300
After the CS100 and CS300 received a common type rating on the 23rd of November, Bombardier delivered the first CS300 5 days later to Air Baltic.
airBaltic is the launch customer of the CS300 and will use the airframe to replace the Boeing 737-300 and Boeing 737-500 fleet. The airline has ordered a total of 19 CS300 aircraft part of those will be used to phase out the Boeing fleet by 2020.
The airline’s newest aircraft is expected to enter commercial service on the 14th of December on the Riga-Amsterdam route. As the airline’s CSeries fleets grows, it wants to increase its focus on destinations in the Middle East.
To date Bombardier has delivered 4 CSeries aircraft. The first 3 aircraft were CS100 aircraft destined for Swiss Global Air Lines, while the 4th delivery is the longer CS300 for airBaltic. This made airBaltic the second operator of the CSeries.
The CS300 has a capacity of between 130 and 160 seats, making it a suitable replacement for the smaller Boeing and Airbus aircraft.