The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada have awarded both variants of the Bombardier CSeries a common type rating.

The rating reflects high commonality between the CS100 and CS300, and will provide operators with significant cost savings, says Bombardier.

There will also be minimal training to transition pilots from one aircraft model to the other. Six Air Baltic pilots have since completed their differences training and are now qualified to fly the CS300.

Commonality between the two variants also extends to spare parts, maintenance procedures and ground handling, it adds. This is since both jets feature over 99% parts commonality, with only the centre section being longer on the larger CS300.

The CS300 is expected to enter into service with the Latvian carrier later this year. Air Baltic has 20 CS300s on order.

Source: Cirium Dashboard