What does the new Bombardier CS300 look and feel like? Finally we had a chance to fly in this new aircraft! Already a few times before it was showing on the reservation, but then the airplane would be changed again. At last on a recent trip to Paris we had the opportunity!
The first thing we noticed, when entering the aircraft, was the wait the 145 seats were split, it isn’t the usual 2+2 or 3+3 but rather 2+3.
Made us wonder how the weight is distributed? Also, we didn’t see anything that looked like business class, there were no usual curtains here.
We liked the green light illuminating the walls, a special touch!
Also, the cute little displays showed how far we have flown, they were also used for the safety demo and there was even a little advertisement of Latvia!
The luggage bins are different in a way that it’s not a box with a lid but rather the whole compartment descends, similarly as in the large transatlantic flights. Tall people, beware! It is hard to say how much bigger they are (claimed to be biggest in class), we only flew with a small photo bag, but seemed that everyone else had room for their things.
What we could immediately notice was the lack of noise. This airplane really is that much more quiet! You can talk freely, you don’t need headphones just to read a book. This one must be so much more quiet than the one flying over my house every evening! It’s like my evening alarm clock, signaling when it’s time to put the book away and go to bed!
We are tall people, so at 183 cm (6ft) the primary question was legroom. More than enough! Also the width of the seats surprised us, by the way, the middle seat is a little bit wider than the side seats, so you won’t feel stuck. This is the reason why the famous travel blogger The Points Guy recently wrote that CS300 has the best economy class in the world
In comparison to other airplanes and especially Q400, CS300 has a much bigger lavatory. If the others you can barely fit into, this one has enough space for everyone, and has a changing table as well. For some reason there was no water in the faucet, so good thing I hadn’t soaped my hands!
Also, the sign indicating if lavatory is occupied or not, was a bit weird, and I noticed quite a few people didn’t get it. From what I saw, there are two lavatories in the airplane, but the one passengers we allowed to use, was in the back. Many went to the front due to the habit, and at one point the front one was also opened, as there must have been a line at the back.
On the flight back, when checking in the bag, we asked the guy at the check in to change our seats and had a little chat. He was very surprised to hear my question if we are really indeed flying on CS300 for the way back (it was supposed to be a Boeing) and said “You surely do know your planes!” Then he noticed the little airplane brooch I have at the sweater and smiled, and we spoke a little longer about flying and travel blogs.
On this flight we enjoyed a lovely sunset and it was a very calm flight.
Read more about our trip to Paris here!