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Baltia Air Lines’ founder and CEO Igor Dmitrowsky dies

Mr. Igor Dmitrowsky (PRNewsFoto/Baltia Air Lines, Inc.)

Mr. Igor Dmitrowsky (PRNewsFoto/Baltia Air Lines, Inc.)

Baltia Air Lines (New York-JFK and Ypsilanti-Willow Run) the on-going, would-be international airline, has lost its founder and driving force. The company was currently undergoing FAA air carrier certification. The company issued this statement:

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Baltia Air Lines, Inc. (BLTA) Management releases the following statement: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Baltia’s Founder, President and CEO, Mr. Igor Dmitrowsky. Private arrangements are currently being made.

Baltia’s EVP Mr. Russell Thal is currently acting President. Baltia’s Board of Directors and Management are meeting to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Please respect our wishes as we grieve and deal with this sudden loss. Mr. Dmitrowsky’s legacy will not be forgotten as we complete the final stage of the air carrier certification program.

Photo: Baltia Air Lines/PR NewsFoto.

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Baltia Air Lines enters Phase III of the FAA Air Carrier Certification

Baltia 747-200B N706BL (11)(Grd) YIP (Baltia)(LRW)

Baltia Air Lines (Ypsilanti-Willow Run) has been documenting each step of its long FAA Part 121 certification process. The proposed airline was planning to operate from the United States to the Baltic region, especially St. Petersburg, Russia with a former Northwest Airlines Boeing 747-251B (N706BL, msn 21705). However given the current tensions with Russia over the Ukraine, that business plan may be evolving as this press release now only mentions Europe. The prospective airline has issued this update:

Baltia Air Lines (BLTA) announced on October 10 that it has entered into Phase III of the FAA Air Carrier Certification.

Phase III consists of the Table Top Exercise, Mini-Evacuation Demonstration, and Proving Flights. “Passing through Phase II was a major accomplishment in the Certification Process,” stated Sheryle Milligan, Chief of Operations.

Baltia Air Lines is America’s newest airline, currently undergoing Air Carrier Certification. Baltia’s principal base of operations is at Willow Run Airport, Michigan. Upon Certification, Baltia will operate Boeing 747 aircraft across the Atlantic, from the U.S. nonstop to Europe.

This service is subject to receipt of government operating authority.

Photo: Baltia Air Lines.

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Baltia Air Lines is still in the FAA certification process

Baltia 747-200 N706BL (11)(Tail)(Baltia)(LRW)

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?

Baltia Air Lines Route Map

 

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:

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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’ first Boeing 747 is painted and flying

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.

Route Map:

 

Copyright Photo: Baltia Air Lines.

Baltia Air Lines first Boeing 747 enters into maintenance

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).

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Baltia Air Lines hopes to launch in the second quarter

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 acquires its second Boeing 747

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.