14 JANUARY 2013
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airBaltic has signed a firm purchase agreement to acquire 10 all-new Bombardier CS300 airliners. The airline, based in Riga (Latvia), also has purchase rights on a further 10 CS300 aircraft. The purchase agreement represents the conversion to firm orders of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire the aircraft announced at the Farnborough Air Show.
In November 2012 Bombardier said that the CS100 would now make its maiden flight in June 2013 and enter service in 2014. With models offering a nominal 110 and 130 seats the aircraft for the most part sits below the slow selling smallest Airbus and Boeing single aisle aircraft, and are larger than the biggest Embraer.
The C series aircraft contains 70% advanced materials comprising 46% composite materials and 24% aluminium-lithium which allow for a 15% lower seat-mile cost and a significant reduction in maintenance costs.
To date orders have been coming in much more slowly than with the Airbus Neo and Boeing MAX with the total now 148 from 10 airlines and leasing companies. Lufthansa was first to place an order, for Swiss, with London City a clear focus of attention. www.bombardier.com
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