4 JUNE 2018
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With a repeat order for the Airbus/Bombardier C Series a vindication of its success, airBaltic could open up London City Airport as a potential destination. The new deal is for 30 Bombardier CS300s, with options for an additional 30.
The agreement complements an existing order for 20 CS300s and forms the backbone of airBaltic’s new business plan Destination 2025 which builds on the current Horizon 2021 programme which the airline says has laid the groundwork for future expansion.
AirBaltic CEO Martin Gauss said: "As an early adopter of the C Series, we took a decision on advanced technology to support our turnaround plan and today we are benefiting from the most fuel-efficient small single-aisle aircraft.
“With demonstrated fuel savings of more than 22%, the CS300 plays a vital role in maintaining our operating cost at a low level.”
Gauss said the airline had experienced “outstanding growth” in 2017, and showed the world “the unique capabilities and comfort of this innovative aircraft”.
He added: “We successfully executed our fleet modernisation strategy, and are excited to grow our fleet further, up to 80 CS300 aircraft, while phasing out our other aircraft types in the next three years."
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Neil Taylor, United Kingdom
Let's hope we see direct flights from LCY to each of the 3 Baltic capitals before too long.