Posted on: 12 April 2016 by Mark Howells
airBaltic has converted its remaining seven Bombardier CS300 options to firm orders, bringing the total number of firm orders to 20 aircraft.
This agreement follows the airline's conversion of three options in February 2014. The original order for 10 firm CS300s with 10 options was announced on 20 December 2012. The airline will be the first customer in the world to operate the CS300 when it takes delivery in the second half of 2016.
“Our fleet modernisation 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. 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,” explained Martin Gauss, chief executive officer, airBaltic. “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.”
“We are delighted that our CS300 launch operator, airBaltic has chosen to increase its firm order position as the airline embarks on transitioning to an all-Bombardier fleet,” responded Fred Cromer, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “This demonstrates the growing collaboration between our two companies and we congratulate airBaltic on its achievements – including recently being recognised as the World's Most Punctual Airline, in addition to being named one of the World's Most Innovative Airlines. With the production of the airBaltic's first CS300 aircraft well under way, we look forward to its first commercial flight.”
Inset pic: Early warning of the new CS300 deal from airBaltic COO Martin Sedlacky speaking at CONNECT 2016 on 14 March 2016.