airBaltic (BT, Riga) CFO Vitolds Jakovlevs has confirmed recent Latvian media reports that his airline is to issue a Request For Proposals (RFP) involving the sale/leaseback of its fleet of thirteen AC!CS3s, currently on order from Bombardier Aerospace (BBA, Montréal Trudeau).

Speaking to CAPA earlier this week, Jakovlevs said the tender would be issued some time in or before the last quarter of this calender year.

Following lengthy delays, the CS300 made its maiden flight late last month with estimates it could enter commercial service early next year.