Category Archives: airBaltic

airBaltic adds its 35th Airbus A220-300 (YL-ABI)

airBaltic has added its 35th Airbus A220-300. The pictured YL-ABI is the third of eight planned Airbus deliveries this year.

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airBaltic starts to hire 120 pilots, passenger traffic up 4x in April

airBaltic has made this announcement:

In line with the gradual recovery of the aviation market, Latvian airline airBaltic announces that it has started recruitment of a total of 120 additional pilots, including graduates of the airBaltic Pilot Academy.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “While we continue to employ our airBaltic Pilot Academy graduates and rehire former employees, this time our needs for additional staff reach further, meaning that we are looking for external pilots to join our company. Additional pilots are required to prepare the airline for capacity we will fly in summer 2023.”

Candidates must have EU citizenship, valid EU FCL CPL or ATPL license (EASA form 141), and have at least 300 hours of Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operations on aircraft with EFIS, FMA and FMS systems – MTOW of the aircraft at least 5.7 tonnes. For additional information and applications please contact pilotjobs@airbaltic.com

airBaltic currently employs 315 pilots. The company is continuing active recruitment, and currently has more than 40 open vacancies, seeking more than 400 additional employees in total.

In other news, airBaltic has good news for April:

During April 2022, Latvian airline airBaltic has carried 244 000 passengers – almost four times more than during the same period last year. In April 2022, airBaltic performed 3 150 flights.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “Each month we carry a growing number of passengers, proving that the aviation industry is on a path to recovery. Even though in April we carried significantly more passengers than last year, it is still 40% lower than in 2019.”

April, 2022 April, 2021 Change
Number of passengers 244000 49000 398%
Number of flights 3150 1010 212%
15-minute flight punctuality indicator 78.0% 92.0% -14.0%-points

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airBaltic reopens cargo operations from Kyiv, A220 on tour around Asia

airBaltic has announced that in cooperation with UkrPoshta it has organized a multimodal mail transportation system and thus reopened cargo operations from Kyiv, Ukraine.

First mail shipment from Kyiv arrived in Riga on April 12. Since then the company has handled more than 7 000 mail bags from Ukraine with a total weight of over 50 tons.

In other news, airBaltic is participating in an aircraft manufacturer Airbus’ demonstration tour around the Asia-Pacific region showcasing its latest A220-300 aircraft. During the tour, airBaltic’s A220-300 will visit a total of four destinations in the region.

The first three stops of the tour were Sydney, Australia, Singapore and Hanoi, Vietnam. The aircraft will then visit Tokyo, Japan. At each stop, invited guests are welcome to tour the aircraft, attend product briefings by Airbus executives, as well as take part in a short demo flight.

Thus far, airBaltic has carried nearly 8 000 000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Airbus A220-300’s have completed more than 92 000 flights and flown over 200 000 block hours.

Since May 2020, airBaltic operates all its flights with a single aircraft type – Airbus A220-300, thus minimizing the complexity and benefiting from the additional efficiency provided by the aircraft. The airline’s fleet now consists of 34 A220-300 aircraft with six more planned to join in 2022.

The Airbus A220-300 has performed beyond the company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and the staff. This aircraft offers an excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and much more.

The Airbus A220-300 has a high-quality air filtering system equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) type filter that provides the best level of filtration currently available for recirculated cabin air from the very beginning of boarding, during entire flight and until all passengers have left the aircraft. The quality of cabin air is carefully controlled and is recirculated with ventilation rates that provide a total change of air 20-30 times per hour.

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airBaltic wet leases one Ukraine International Airlines aircraft

airBaltic has announced that it has agreed to wet lease one Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. Aircraft and its crew started performing flights within airBaltic network short term starting on May 1, 2022.

Martin Gauss, airBaltic Chief Executive Officer: “Ukraine International Airlines has been a reliable long-term partner of airBaltic. It is now a very challenging time for the Ukrainian people and their national airline. By temporarily wet leasing their aircraft, we are also providing short term work to the employees of Ukraine International Airlines.”

Sergey Fomenko VP Commerce Ukraine International Airlines: “We would like to thank our very good partner and friend airBaltic for selecting Ukraine International Airlines as a capacity provider on an ACMI basis for its network. Especially now, when UIA temporarily cannot operate flights to and from Ukraine such an act of international aviation cooperation is very symbolic and important. UIA as IOSA certified carrier is ready to deliver high-quality service on routes of airBaltic.”

airBaltic has chosen to wet lease additional aircraft short term due to impact caused by the global supply chain issues. Such a decision enables the company to ensure its planned flight schedule.

airBaltic announces flights between Tampere and Amsterdam

airBaltic has announced that starting on June 1, 2022, it plans to launch new scheduled flights between Tampere, Finland and Amsterdam, Netherlands. airBaltic has scheduled to connect both cities with two weekly flights.

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price *, GREEN Price *, GREEN Classic Price*, Business
Tampere–Amsterdam 2 flights weekly June 1, 2022 59 EUR 115 EUR 449 EUR

*Lowest fare (one way), including taxes, fees and service charges

Flights between Tampere and Amsterdam will be operated by the Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

airBaltic passengers up 452% in March

airBaltic issued this traffic report:

During March 2022, Latvian airline airBaltic has carried 161 100 passengers – almost five times more than during the same period last year. In March 2022, airBaltic performed 2 380 flights.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “Summer season is officially here, which means that we are both flying more and the load factor also increases. This summer we will fly on more than 90 routes. Aviation industry and the world as a whole has faced many challenges over the last two years, but we continue our path to recovery.”

During March 2022, the 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic reached a level of 92.8%. This means that more than 92 out of every 100 airBaltic flights departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.

March, 2022 March, 2021 Change
Number of passengers 161100 29200 +452%
Number of flights 2380 660 +261%
15-minute flight punctuality indicator 92.8% 96.0% -3.2%-points

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 seat count increased up to 149

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) YL-AAP (msn 55051) SZG (Gunter Mayer). Image: 957237.

airBaltic has announced the Airbus A220-300 aircraft is now certified to operate up to 149 seats, the company’s fleet is undergoing gradual change in cabin configuration, unblocking additional seats that couldn’t be used previously.

As of April 5, the company has changed the cabin configuration for the first five of airBaltic’s 33 Airbus A220-300 aircraft. airBaltic plans to unblock the additional seats on its entire fleet by summer 2023. Due to different seat configuration, first 20 aircraft will have 148 seats available, while the next 12 aircraft will have 149 seats. All aircraft to be delivered between 2022 and early 2024 are planned to have 148 seats.

Since May 2020, airBaltic operates all its flights with a single aircraft type – Airbus A220-300, thus minimizing the complexity and benefiting from the additional efficiency provided by the aircraft.

The Airbus A220-300 has performed beyond the company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and the staff. This aircraft offers an excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and much more.

The Airbus A220-300 has a high-quality air filtering system equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) type filter that provides the best level of filtration currently available for recirculated cabin air from the very beginning of boarding, during entire flight and until all passengers have left the aircraft. The quality of cabin air is carefully controlled and is recirculated with ventilation rates that provide a total change of air 20-30 times per hour.

In addition, the new aircraft is also considerably quieter – with a four times smaller noise footprint. Moreover, at the moment it is the greenest commercial aircraft in the world, as it is the first aircraft to have a transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, helping to reduce CO2 and NOX emissions by 20% and 50% respectively.

In other news, airBaltic has announced that to support the President of the Republic of Latvia Egils Levits’ visit to Moldova and deliver a humanitarian relief cargo to the Ukrainian refugee center in Chisinau, the airline will perform a special flight to and from Chisinau, Moldova on April 7, 2022. On the return flight from Moldova to Riga airBaltic will carry Ukrainian refugees together with the delegation of the President of Latvia.

The airline is celebrating 20 years of operating the Riga – Vienna route.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-AAP (msn 55051) SZG (Gunter Mayer). Image: 957237.

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airBaltic successfully issues tenth NFTs on OpenSea

airBaltic has made this announcement:

The tenth NFT (non-fungible token) edition of the airBaltic City Collection has been issued on OpenSea marketplace for a fixed price of 0.01 Ether. A total of 10 new unique collectibles of the airBaltic City Collection can now be purchased: https://opensea.io/airBaltic.

The tenth airBaltic issue is a digital art piece with one of the most beloved Latvian cities Gulbene, surrounded by the legendary narrow-gauge railway, historical Stāmeriena castle and the symbol of the city – swan sculpture. In honor of Latvia’s centenary, in 2018, airBaltic invited everyone to vote on their favorite towns and cities in Latvia, after which the company’s Airbus A220-300 fleet was named.

On April 14 2021, Latvian airline airBaltic became the world’s first airline to issue non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The airline issued limited collector NFTs, showcasing an individual Airbus A220-300 with its registration as well as a piece of art of Kuldīga, one of the most beloved Latvian cities. Following the first edition airBaltic has issued nine more digital art pieces honouring beloved Latvian cities Cēsis, Alūksne, Liepāja, Bauska, Sigulda, Jelgava, Ogre, Valmiera and now Gulbene.

airBaltic is well known as the airline for innovation among global carriers. In 2014, airBaltic became the world’s first airline to accept Bitcoin payments for its flight tickets. Now, in cooperation with service provider BitPay, airBaltic accepts also other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin Cash, Etherand Dogecoin among others for bookings made on its website.

As previously informed, in May 2022 airBaltic plans to launch a new NFT (non-fungible token) collection called Planies, consisting of 10 000 unique cartoon aircraft designs. The NFT holders of the collectables will be able to receive airBaltic Club points and other loyalty program benefits.

 

airBaltic to introduce a “Planies” NFT collection

airBaltic has announced on social media:

A new airBaltic #NFT collection called Planies, consisting of 10 000 unique cartoon aircraft #cryptoart, is going to launch in May 2022! ✈️ The NFT holders will be able to receive airBaltic Club points and other exciting loyalty program benefits. Follow @PlaniesNFT for updates!