Launch customer airBaltic has successfully debuted the Bombardier CS300 on its Riga-Amsterdam service. The first commercial flight of the type carried 120 passengers, including local media.
CEO Martin Gauss said: “airBaltic has been counting down the days to this landmark moment. During its maiden commercial flight today, the CS300 aircraft performed beyond our expectations and offered a new level of travel experience for our customers. We look forward to serving many communities across Western Europe and the Eastern markets with the CS300 aircraft – the largest variant in the world’s most efficient and environmentally friendly family of airliners.”
The Riga-based carrier has ordered 20 CS300s which it is operating in a 145-seat, two-class configuration.
Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said: “The CS300 aircraft’s entry-into-service also confirms Bombardier’s successful execution on our commitment to deliver the only all-new family of single-aisle airliners in the 100- to 150-seat market in 30 years.”
Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, added: “Today’s commercial flight highlights the remarkable journey between airBaltic and Bombardier as the CS300 aircraft is brought to market. We salute airBaltic, our employees, suppliers and industry stakeholders for their steadfast loyalty to the success of the C Series aircraft program.”