CS300: How does a new fleet change the network of an airline?

CS300: How does a new fleet change the network of an airline?

A fleet renewal or change is a statement about the nearest future plans of an airline. Behind this step, which every airline goes through in certain period of time, lies strong research and careful calculations. Fleet change isn’t only about modernizing the main tool of a business – it’s also about seeking new opportunities, adapting to changes in the industry and forecasting the needs of customers for the upcoming decades. That’s why one of the most important things before a fleet change is to understand where and how we want to fly our passengers in the future.

The optimized engines of CS300 will allow airBaltic to reach more destinations and improve current service

Wolfgang Reus of SVP Network joined airBaltic a year ago, and one of his main tasks from day one was preparing the integration of CS300 into the future network of airBaltic. Wolfgang describes the thoughtful atmosphere in the office: ‘’It is indeed a lot of work for all departments, but at the same time it is a very special and motivating project – a true team effort, as it spans across all departments of our company.’’ The task is truly significant, because in the end Wolfgang and his team play a very important and even historical role in aviation, since they are the ones who decide the destination of the very first commercial flight of CS300 aircraft . “I have been involved in refleeting, fleet planning and procurement projects before, but the phase-in of an aircraft version as launch customer is something very new and exciting and certainly doesn’t come along every day.”

CS300 flight range expands the current range of airBaltic by 1/3

The engineering behind CS300 will allow airBaltic to expand the current flight network by 1/3, reaching exotic destinations like Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Tenerife in one flight. “The CS300 will improve and develop our network further. We will gradually replace the 737 operations with the CS300, offering an improved customer experience on our current network. At the same time the aircraft will push the boundaries of our network further as the CS300 has greater range than our current fleet. So watch this space to know what we will have in store in the coming years!” With this extra flight range airBaltic will be able to connect to important flight hubs and improve one-stop connectivity to destinations around the world. CS300 will also bring more convenience to passengers of our already existing routes, as the seat pitch is a whole valuable 10 cm bigger than it is in Boeing 737, overlock bins are 14% larger, and the windows are 26% bigger. “I think the abundance of space will be the first feature that our customers will immediately recognize when boarding one of our new aircraft.”

The technologies and engineering used in CS300 significantly reduce the costs per 100km flown

“The aircraft economics play a very crucial role in network planning as we further improve the competitiveness of our product and network.” admits Wolfgang. CS300 consumes only 2 liters of fuel per 100km per passenger, and compared to Boeing 737 its cost per passenger is 18% lower. This is a very huge advantage in times when airlines are strongly competing with each other, and travellers are the ones who gain most of it as connectivity is improved. In addition, the fuel tanks capacity is 17 200 kilograms, which makes operating long-haul flights possible. The optimized engines with reduced noise will also make it possible to fly to noise-sensitive airports located in city centres.  


SVP Network Wolfgang Reuss (from the right) on Riga-Verona first flight event last year. CS300 should bring more events as this.

Finally when it comes to the statement in the beginning of this article, how the CS300 marks the future of airBaltic? It’s a steady and strong step, first to improve current network, product and service. Secondly it is a step to growth and travelers can be sure that with the CS300 there will come a lot more good news and destinations. Where would Wolfgang want to fly on the first commercial flight with his team? He discretely answers: “I keep that still to myself otherwise I would reveal already the launch destination of the CS300 at airBaltic” as he and his team is the one who’ll decide which destination is the best one for CS300 to start operations.

 Want to read more about the arrival of the CS300? Stop by the airBaltic blog to find out how we’re preparing for the big moment and be the first to know about CS300 news.


Part I: CS300: How Does an Airline Prepare for the Arrival of a New Fleet? 

CS300 virtual tour

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