Air Baltic will launch a new route between Riga and Abu Dhabi next month, operated by the carrier’s new Bombardier CS300 aircraft.

The four times weekly service will commence on October 29, with flight BT797 departing Riga on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2335, landing into Abu Dhabi at 0725 the following day, and return leg BT798 leaving the UAE capital at 0945, landing back into Riga at 1400.

Prices for the six-hour flight start from 129 one-way, and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways will codeshare on the route.

Commenting on the service Martin Gauss, CEO of Air Baltic said that the carrier’s new Bombardier CS300 aircraft allowed it “reach airports that we were not able to serve with our fleet before”.

“Our codeshare cooperation with Etihad Airways will offer convenient connections to passengers travelling from the Baltic airports to the UAE capital Abu Dhabi and further to key destinations in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as provide new travelling opportunities from Abu Dhabi to European and Scandinavian airports,” Gauss added.

Air Baltic was the launch customer for the CS300, taking delivery of the first aircraft in December last year. The carrier has a total of 20 CS330s on order, configured in an all-economy layout with 145 seats.

Swiss recently started flying the smaller Bombardier CS100 aircraft into London City, with the jet having received “Steep Approval Certification” for the airport earlier this year.

The carrier was also the second airline after Air Baltic to take delivery of the CS300.