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airBaltic receives fifth CS300 aircraft

By the end of 2019 airBaltic is planning to have 20 Bombardier CS300 aircraft on its fleet.

RIGA – On June 16, 2017, the Latvian airline airBaltic welcomed the fifth of its 20 Bombardier CS300 jets. By the end of 2017, airBaltic is planning to have eight CS300 aircraft. 

The fifth airBaltic CS300 aircraft, registered as YL-CSE, arrived in Riga on June 16, 2017. The flight time was 7 hours and 56 minutes and the aircraft covered 6419 km non-stop distance between the Canadian and Latvian airports.

Next week airBaltic will exhibit one of its Bombardier CS300 aircraft at the world’s largest and oldest aircraft exhibition – Paris Air Show.

Thus far, airBaltic has completed more than 1552 flights and flown over 3892 block hours with the brand new Bombardier CS300 aircraft. 

By the end of 2019 airBaltic is planning to have 20 Bombardier CS300 aircraft on its fleet. With an average jet fleet age of only 2 years, airBaltic, as an all-Bombardier operator, will have one of the youngest jet fleets in Europe.

airBaltic CS300 aircraft currently operates on such popular routes as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome, Moscow, London, Paris, Vienna, Athens, Madrid and others. 

The new Bombardier CS300 aircraft, with a total of 145 seats, offers excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and more. New aircraft is also much quieter – with four times smaller noise footprint. Moreover, at the moment, 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.

In May 2017, the Latvian airline airBaltic carried 316 915 passengers or 20% more than in the same period of 2016 throughout its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. During the first five months of 2017, airBaltic has transported a total of 1 193 243 passengers.

In May the airline operated 4 532 flights, which is a 14% increase compared to the same period of 2016. During the first five months of 2017 the airline has operated a total of 18 735 flights.

The airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, was at a level of 75% in May, 2017. During the first five months of 2017, airBaltic load factor was at a level of 71%.

The 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic reached a level of 89,6% in May, 2017. This means that more than 89 of every 100 airBaltic flights in May departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.

This summer, airBaltic adds 13 new routes to its network, including destinations like Madrid, Geneva, Aberdeen, Tampere, Stavanger, Gothenburg, Kazan, Catania and Liepaja.

Tatiana Rokou

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