Posted on: 28 September 2016 by Mark Howells
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s second CS300 flight test vehicle has embarked on a series of European and Middle Eastern route-proving flights alongside its first operator, airBaltic.
The flights will operate from airBaltic’s base in Riga and will include stops in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tallinn, Estonia and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The route-proving flights will provide an indication of how the aircraft will perform in typical day-to-day airline operations by observing airfield performance, airport turnaround times and on-ground operations at various airports. During the tour, the CS300 will abide by airBaltic’s air and ground operational practices.
“It’s exciting for the airBaltic team to welcome the CS300 to its home base in Riga for the first time to see the aircraft simulate operations in our route system that covers much of Europe – all in advance of our first delivery later this fall,” explained Martin Gauss, airBaltic’s CEO. “The CS300 aircraft has outstanding performance, admirable efficiency and an impressive cabin that offers maximum comfort and we are looking forward to introducing this fine aircraft to our passengers and airports in our network.”
Rob Dewar, VP C Series, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, remarked, “Because of the 99% commonality between the CS100 and CS300 aircraft and the diverse routes that award-winning airline airBaltic operates, we are expecting to see a perfect blend of performance, outstanding reliability and operational ground support. Our teams are working closely together as we ramp up activities for a real indication of how the CS300 will operate in the network and we are confident that its entry-into-service with airBaltic later this year will be impressive.”
airBaltic has placed a firm order for 20 CS300 airliners, which will join airBaltic’s 12 Q400 turboprops to form an all-Bombardier fleet.