The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded the type certification to Bombardier CS300, which is slated to enter into service with airBaltic later this year.
The EASA certification follows the one granted by Transport Canada last July.
Two weeks ago, one of the CS300 Flight Test Vehicles embarked onto an European Route Proving tour, will operate from airBaltic’s base in Riga, using its air and ground operational practices.
“Certifying two clean-sheet aircraft within a nine-month period is a major aviation industry achievement and today we celebrate the latest C Series program milestone with the CS300 EASA certification,” Fred Cromer, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president said in a statement.
François Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer and Head of Bombardier’s Design Approval Organization expects “that the CS300 aircraft’s upcoming delivery and entry-into-service with airBaltic will be as successful as for the CS100 aircraft with SWISS.”
“Our focus is on the completion of the first production CS300 aircraft for launch operator airBaltic as their teams focus on completing their pilot and crew training for first delivery later this year,” said Robert Dewar, Vice President, CSeries Aircraft Program.
AirBaltic has an order for 20 CS300 aircraft, which will be replacing the carrier’s 12 Q400 turboprops. This order also means the airline will gradually transition to an all-Bombardier fleet.