airBaltic continues to expand its Airbus A220-300 fleet, as it takes unveils its 40th A220.
The airline held a special ceremony, commemorating this, along with a special paint job, with the Airbus A220 dressed in the Lativan flag colours.
airBaltic’s 40th A220-300 aircraft, registered as YL-ABN, is planned to join the airline’s fleet in early April 2023 with a special event also held in Riga, Latvia, to celebrate this milestone. This will be the second A220-300 in the airline’s fleet with a special Latvian flag livery.
It’s been a successful introduction for the airline with airBaltic carrying over 11,000,000 passengers, with more than 126 000 flights and flown over 275 000 block hours since May 2020.
Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic:
“More than six years ago, airBaltic became the global launch operator of the A220-300 aircraft. Over the years, the aircraft type has grown to be the backbone of our operations, and we continue to be a proud ambassador of it. These years have shown a great collaboration and friendship between us as the national airline of Latvia and our partners in Canada, therefore we are glad to be here today, celebrating this aircraft and all the work we have done together. It is an incredible pride and honour to have this aircraft be a part of our growing fleet of A220-300s.”
Rob Dewar, Senior Vice President, Customer Satisfaction, Services, and A220 Product Policy at Airbus Canada: ”
The unveiling of airBaltic’s 40thA220-300, which will be proudly flying in the colours of the Latvian flag, is an important moment for us all at Airbus Canada. This aircraft symbolises a long-standing collaboration and continued partnership with airBaltic as we are pursuing our shared journey to bring passengers the most sustainable and comfortable flying experience. The A220 has reached over 1 million flight hours and connected more than 70 million passengers thus far.”
A big step for the A220-300-only operator
Whilst airBaltic is hiring additional aircraft for the summer season, it’s a big step for the airline – making them currently the largest A220 operator in the world currently (with Air Canada and SWISS following behind).
It’s also a rubber stamp for the work that Bombardier (when the aircraft was the CSeries) and Airbus have done, bringing the Airbus A220 to market and using the might of these OEMs to push the benefits to customers – which can be seen with airlines submitting repeat orders (in the case of Delta) or using them to open new markets.
All images – airBaltic.
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