Baltia Air Lines (Ypisilanti) has been one of the longest-running start-ups in U.S. aviation history. The company acquired former Northwest Airlines/Kalitta Air Boeing 747-251B N706BL (msn 21705) on December 9, 2010 and has been proposing scheduled airline service from New York (JFK) to the Baltic region, especially St. Petersburg, Russia for several years. With the invasion of Crimea by Russia, is this route still viable for tourism?
Route Map: A previously proposed route map.
Each step in the certification process has been well documented by the upstart. Here is the latest press release:
Baltia Air Lines announced yesterday (April 4) that its Boeing 747 aircraft has entered scheduled maintenance inspection in preparation for its operations. Baltia is America’s newest airline currently undergoing air carrier certification. Baltia’s base of operations is at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
On their website, the company describes itself:
Baltia Air Lines, Inc. (BLTA) is a New York corporation headquartered at JFK International Airport in New York with a base of operations at Willow Run Airport outside of Detroit, Michigan. Baltia’s goal is to become the leading U.S. airline in the trans-Atlantic market between the major U.S. cities and capital cities of Eastern Europe, including Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, and Belarus.
Baltia will provide high quality three-class passenger service, and reliable cargo and mail transportation.
All images courtesy of Baltia Air Lines.
Baltia Air Lines (New York-JFK) has been one of the longest-running start-ups. The company has painted its first Boeing 747. Formerly operated by Northwest Airlines as N623US, 747-251B N706BL (msn 21705) has become the first aircraft for the new airline now undergoing FAA certification.
Once the Part 121 AOC is obtained, the airline intends to inaugurate nonstop passenger service from New York (JFK) to St. Petersburg, Russia. Baltia plans to expand later to Moscow, Kiev, Riga, and Minsk.
Copyright Photo: Baltia Air Lines.
Baltia Air Lines (New York) announced yesterday (March 15) that its first aircraft, ex-Kalitta/Northwest Boeing 747-251B N706BL (msn 21705, ex N623US), has entered into required maintenance at the Kalitta Air maintenance facility in Oscoda, Michigan. Baltia acquired the aircraft on December 9, 2010.
Baltia is the long-running start-up. Baltia’s goal is to become a new airline operating in the trans-Atlantic market between the major U.S. cities and capital cities of Eastern Europe, including Russia, Latvia, Ukraine and Belarus. Baltia intends to provide three-class passenger service, cargo and mail transportation. Baltia plans to begin their scheduled air transportation as the only U.S. airline, connecting New York and St. Petersburg, Russia on the Baltic Sea (hence the name).
Baltia Air Lines video on YouTube:
Baltia Air Lines’ (New York-JFK) President, Igor Dmitrowsky, stated today, “Significant progress has been made in the FAA Air Carrier Certification document process and that Baltia is anticipating a second quarter launch. The documentation phase of the certification has been an extremely involved process and the accomplishments made to date are the result of hard work put in by our dedicated staff.” Mr. Dmitrowsky further stated, “There are still other pre-launch certification tasks to be accomplished such as the completion of the Safety Attribute Inspection audit process of the manuals, the completion of maintenance on our newly acquired Boeing 747 aircraft, the training of our crewmembers, and the mini evacuation test and proving flights, which should all be completed prior to our inaugural flight.”
Baltia has been in the formation process for years and plans to operate its Boeing 747s between New York (JFK) and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Baltia Air Lines (New York) announced it has purchased a long-range Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft from Kalitta Air. Northwest Airlines formerly operated this aircraft. This is Baltia’s second Boeing 747.
Baltia is proposing to operate between New York (JFK) and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Baltia Air Lines (New York-JFK) is issuing a press release for every step in its long drawn-out ramping up process as a new would-be airline. It has now registered its first Boeing 747-400. It has reserved the registration mark of N705BL but no other details are known (further details are welcome).
Baltia Air Lines (New York-JFK) has finally taken delivery of its first Boeing 747-400. The upstart is coming one step closer to becoming a real airline. The new airline intends to start service on the New York (JFK)-St. Petersburg (Russia) route (which can be very seasonal).
Here is what the new airline will look like:
Baltia Air Lines (New York-JFK) has signed a purchase agreement for its first aircraft, a Boeing 747-400.
Baltia Air Lines (New York-JFK) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for a Boeing 747. The proposed paper airline may be setting a new record for the duration of its start-up process.
Baltia Air Lines (New York-JFK), formed by Latvia-born Igors Dmitrovsks, now plans to finally launch Boeing 747-400 service between JFK and St. Petersburg, Russia in June 2009. It is also considering service to Kiev, Minsk, Moscow and Riga although the current economic situation may contain the company’s plans.