This year, airBaltic began replacing the Boeing 737s with the new custom made Bombardier’s CS300 aircraft. In total, Latvia’s national airline will receive 20 new aircraft, which will make the average age of its fleet 2.5 years, significantly younger than the global average for airlines. The CS300 was purpose-designed and built from the ground up. It can fly 1,000 kilometers further than Boeing 737, opening up at least 10 new routes and increased flight frequency for airBaltic. The airline has come a long way from 1995 when it began its operations with only one aircraft in its fleet to the projected 34 aircrafts by 2020.
With a configuration of 145 passenger seats, the new aircraft has many advantages compared to the other aircraft models flown by airBaltic. Bombardier CS300 offers more comfortable flights for passengers. The seat pitch is 10% wider than that in other single-aisle aircraft, translating into more legroom for passengers. The cabin windows are 20% larger than windows in Boeing 737, providing not only more light in the cabin but also better view outside the window. Thanks to the air conditioning system that is controlled automatically based on the number of passengers, the airflow during the flight is distributed evenly and the temperature kept at its most optimal level.
The aircraft is also environmentally friendly. It is the greenest single-aisle aircraft in its class with 20% reduction in CO2 emissions. That means a decrease of up to 6,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per plane each year. Bombardier CS300 can fly at higher altitudes, ensuring greater fuel economy. The new aircraft consumes 2 liters of fuel per every 100 kilometers per passenger, resulting in 18% fuel cost reduction per passenger compared to that of the Boeing 737. Since the new aircraft is custom built and designed specifically for 100-150 passenger market, it is 12,000 pounds lighter than its competitors, allowing savings on fuel economy.
Bombardier C Series aircrafts are the quietest commercial jets in service. Comparatively, the noise level is four times smaller than that of other competitor aircrafts. This allows the aircraft to land at airports that are more noise sensitive and has particularly strict noise regulations, such as Bromma-Stockholm. Additionally, the landing of the aircraft is gentler as the C Series has the world’s first electric breaking system, providing increased braking efficiency and reduced wear.
airBaltic is the national Latvian airline that offers flights to over 50 destinations in Europe and beyond from Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn. For the second year running, the Latvian airline airBaltic has been ranked Number 1 globally in punctuality by OAG analysts, who tracked the performance of a total of over 50 million flight records. According to OAG, airBaltic achieved a punctuality rating of 94.4% for flights linking the Baltics with destinations in Europe, Middle East and Russia/Commonwealth Independent States (CIS). It means that more than nine airBaltic aircraft out of ten arrive on-time. airBaltic is followed in the global TOP 10 ranking by Copa Airlines, Azul, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Finnair, TAM, Austrian Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, LOT. Additionally, in 2012, airBaltic was ranked by Airlinetrends among the Top 10 airlines globally for innovation.
Source: Baltic Outlook, www.airbaltic.com