Bombardier celebrated the delivery of the first CS300 narrowbody to Latvian flag carrier Air Baltic during a ceremony held in Montreal on November 28. The CS300 is the larger variant of Bombardier’s all new C Series aircraft. It is designed to carry between 130 and 150 passengers. The CS300 will enter service on December 14 on a route between Riga and Amsterdam.
The CEO of airBaltic spoke about why he ordered the planes, saying it was simply because it was a better plane than what Airbus or Boeing were offering.
"Four-and-a-half years ago, before the aircraft was even flying, we decided to buy the CS300. And not the Boeing and not the Airbus, because we saw that's the better aircraft,' said Martin Gauss.
Captain Gerhard Ramcke, the airline’s chief CS300 pilot, and First Officer Javier Camarasa Valiente, an airBaltic pilot and Training Centre instructor, visited Mirabel, Canada, in May to meet with Bombardier engineers and technicians. As the final touches are added to the first consignment of these ultramodern planes, Ramcke is overseeing their transfer to Riga. Once all of the 20 new CS300 aircraft are in operation, airBaltic will own the youngest fleet amongst Europe’s airlines. The average age of its planes decreasing from a bit less than 12 years to 2.5 years. It’s a perfect fit for airBaltic.
“The CS300 is a state-of-the-art aircraft. Instead of modifying older designs and upgrading previous models like owther manufacturers do, Bombardier started from a sketch. That is why the C Series has a beautiful design. Both inside and out, excellent aerodynamics and the newest materials. Also the most advanced avionics,” says Camarasa.
Bombardier is ending a challenging year in which it completed and delivered two new aircraft models. It is also testing a large business jet. The company has received 360 firm CSeries orders. It includes 235 for the CS300.