Air Baltic and Bombardier have today announced a firm order for 30 CS300 aircraft with options on another 30 CS300. Deliveries for this new mega-deal will run from 2019 until 2024 with no time frame mentioned for the options. Air Baltic has previously indicated their interest in more C-Series to replace their aging fleet of Dash 8 Q400 turboprops. It is the first new order for the C-Series in nearly 6 months, the last being from EgyptAir for 12+12 airplanes and this new order makes Air Baltic the second largest airline to buy the plane, after Delta Air Lines.
In a statement, the airline claimed that the new planes will enable them to retire their turboprops, along with the 737 and that the new planes will be used to open more routes and strengthen its position in the Baltic States. The airline has seen a steady increase in passenger numbers when it was first introduced the new aircraft type.
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