New CS300 airliner starts flying Baltic routes

Bombardier's new CS300 passenger aircraft touched down in Latvia September 27 to begin a series of tests on routes operated  by airBaltic, which will become the first airline in the world to fly the plane.

"Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that its CS300 jetliner, the second CS300 flight test vehicle, has embarked on a series of European route-proving flights alongside first operator airBaltic of Latvia. The flights will be operated from the airline’s base in Riga to destinations in Eastern Europe such as Vilnius, Lithuania and Tallinn, Estonia, will use airBaltic air and ground operational practices," statement released by Bombardier and airBaltic said.

The plane is only the second of its kind and will provide a practical testbed while airBaltic awaits the delivery of its first fully-operational planes, which are now expected to arrive towards the end of November having previously been scheduled to arrive during the summer.

airBaltic has ordered 20 CS300 in total to replace its entire jet fleet, a deal worth around $1.5 billion.

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