The Latvian national carrier airBaltic placed a firm order on 30 Bombardier CS300 with a pending option for 30 more. Based on current list prices, value of the contract could be around $2.9 billion, and up to $5.9 billion if the option was to be exercised. The first delivery is expected by the fourth quarter of 2019.

That order turns airBaltic into the biggest European CSeries customer and the second in the world with 50 planes on firm order, as it already ordered 20 CS300 back in April 2016.

New planes will be used to support airBaltic next strategy – Destination 2025 – which relies on intensifying routes from the three Baltic countries, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, towards the main European cities.

The company received its first CS300 back in November 2016 and was the first operator of the model. Eight CS300s are already operating within its fleet.

The CS300 is the biggest aircraft of the CSeries, with up to 160 seats (compared to 133 for the CS100).