MIAMI — The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded type certification to the Bombardier CS300, slated to enter into service with airBaltic later this year.
The validation of EASA follows the type certification granted by Transport Canada last July.
Last week, one of the CS300 Flight Test Vehicles, embarked onto an European Route Proving tour. The flights — which will operate from the airline’s base in Riga, using airBaltic’s 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.
With a firm order for 20 CS300 airliners – which will eventually join airBaltic’s 12 Q400 turboprops – the airline will gradually transition to an all-Bombardier fleet.