12 Oct 2017 09:19 |Category:  LAT English 1st page news

Latvia’s airBaltic suspends flights of new Bombardier planes

RIGA, Oct 11, BNS - Latvia’s national airline airBaltic has suspended flights of its new Bombardier planes for technical checks, the Latvian public TV reported on Wednesday evening.

airBaltic spokeswoman Alise Briede confirmed that the decision to suspend flights of the seven Bombardier CS300 jets has been made due to technical and security reasons.

Briede said that these are new models and, as it is in other areas, in aviation also special attention is paid to technical specifications of new objects. "All Bombardier CS300 jets are being checked – as soon as checks are completed, flights will be renewed," she said.

Later Briede said that tests on the new planes are continued, but today already 2-4 planes will be able to fly.

According to information on the internet website of the Riga airport, flights to Helsinki and Kazan were cancelled on Wednesday.

As reported, airBaltic fleet includes seven Bombardier CS300 aircraft. By the end of this year the airline will have eight Bombardier CS300 aircraft, and by the end of 2019, it will have 20 Bombardier CS300 aircraft in its fleet.

So far airBaltic has conducted more than 2,600 flights, has flown more than 6,700 hours and more than 300,000 passengers with the new jets.

The new Bombardier CS300 aircraft ensures flights to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome, Moscow, London, Paris, Vienna, Athens, Madrid and other destinations.

As reported, airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic also offers direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.

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