On December 14, 2016 the Latvian airline airBaltic made the first commercial flight using its signature aircraft CS300 from Riga to Amsterdam.

“It has been a great honour for airBaltic to be the launch operator of the CS300 aircraft,” said Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic. “I am proud of our team that every day, for already a year, has been working together with Bombardier to bring and keep up this next-level flying experience to our passengers. We have an exciting future ahead of us and we are happy to be sharing it with our passengers. Our great operational results, the successful CS300 operations, launches of new destinations shows strongly that we are ready to embrace this growth that shapes the future of airBaltic”.

Over the year airBaltic has carried more than 635 250 passengers on the CS300 aircraft and now every fourth airBaltic passenger is flying CS300. Thus far, airBaltic has completed more than 6 023 scheduled flights and flown over 15 940 block hours with the new Bombardier CS300 fleet that currently consists of seven Bombardier CS300. airBaltic has a total order of 20 aircraft, which the airline plans to receive by the end of 2019. By 2021, as an all-Bombardier operator, airBaltic will have one of the youngest jet fleets in Europe, the airline hopes.

airBaltic CS300 aircraft currently operates on routes to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome, London and Paris, etc. In addition, airBaltic in cooperation with Etihad Airways on October 29, 2017 launched the longest direct service operated by CS300 between Riga and Abu Dhabi.

The Bombardier CS300 aircraft, with a total of 145 seats, offers passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and more. The aircraft is also much quieter – with four times smaller noise footprint. Moreover, now it is the greenest commercial aircraft in the world, as it is the first aircraft to have a transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, helping to reduce CO2 and NOX emissions by 20% and 50% respectively.