State-owned Latvian airline airBaltic has added a ninth Bombardier CS300 jet to its passenger fleet.

By the end of this year, the company plans to expand its CS300 aircraft fleet to 14 units.

Last month, airBaltic signed a firm purchase agreement for the sale and purchase of 30 Bombardier CS300 aircraft. The agreement also includes the option for an additional 30 aircraft.

The new aircraft will add to the airline’s existing contract for 20 CS300 aircraft, which were ordered as a part of airBaltic’s business plan Destination 2025.

The 150-seater Bombardier CS300 aircraft features wider seats, larger windows and more luggage space than similar units.

“By the end of this year, the company plans to expand its CS300 aircraft fleet to 14 units.”

It is also said to be quieter with a nearly four times smaller noise footprint.

The aircraft is the first to have a transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, helping to reduce CO2 and NOX emissions by 20% and 50% respectively.

To date, airBaltic has served more than 1,160,000 passengers on the new Bombardier CS300 aircraft, completing around 11,319 flights.

With three hubs at Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, airBaltic serves more than 70 destinations across Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Middle East.

This year, the company added new destinations from the Latvian capital of Riga and new direct routes connecting Tallinn and London.

The Latvian government owns 80.05% stake in the company, which was established in 2995. Lars Thuesen holds the remaining interest through Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA.

Currently, the airBaltic fleet includes nine Bombardier CS300s, 11 Boeing 737s and 12 Bombardier Q400Next Gen aircraft.