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airBaltic marks 2022 as a year of growth

airBaltic looked back at its successes at 2022:

Summarizing the key statistics and events of 2022, the Latvian airline airBaltic announces that the previous year has continued the company’s purposeful growth, also contributing to a return or even exceeding various pre-pandemic results. The following report overlooks data and information (such as passengers, flights, destinations, fleet, cargo, employees, technical and operational achievements, and other), that represent the operations of airBaltic in 2022.

Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic: “Although characterized by the simultaneous need to adapt the changing world and seek growth, 2022 proved to be challenging, but rich year. The past 12 months have been full of positive milestones – beginning with the on-going increase of carried passengers and operated flights, continuing with opening a new base in Tampere and launching fresh routes to Marrakesh, Gran Canaria and Batumi. Definitely, reaching new destinations would not be possible without new aircraft, thus, last year the fleet of airBaltic attained already 39 Airbus A220-300, and we welcomed our 50-millionth passenger.”

“Nevertheless, we are full of strength, ideas and determination, by looking ahead to 2023, and our core goals remain – to ensure the best connectivity between the Baltics – one of the key European business centers of the future – and the world, as well as maintain improved passenger experience and deliver a considerable contribution to the economy. This year we will expand, launching 18 new routes from Riga, Tallinn, and Vilnius, and offering up to 70 direct routes in total,” Gauss concluded.

In 2022, airBaltic has carried 3,342,200 passengers or by 105% more than in 2021. During the last 12 months, the airline performed 37 300 flights – 59% more than the year before.

  2022 2021 Change
Number of passengers 3 342 200 1 628 000 +105%
Number of flights 37 300 23 440 +59%

The most popular destinations were Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dubai, Lisbon, London, Paris, Rome, Tallinn, Tenerife, and Vilnius.

Since the first Airbus A220 joined the company’s fleet in late 2016, airBaltic has carried over 10,460,000 passengers on these aircraft, of which over 3,025,000 last year. A220s have completed more than 1,20,300 flights and flown above 263,000 block hours, of which respectively nearly 35,000 and 71,000 last year.

To this day, airBaltic is the largest air cargo and mail carrier in Riga Airport, which has resulted in more than 10 000 tons of cargo and mail delivered during 2022. In total, airBaltic carried more than 750,000 bags of mail within its network, among which more than 100,000 bags (approximately 600 tons) originated from Ukraine, thus marking excellent cooperation with Ukrposhta, the national postal service of Ukraine.

Undeniably, the airline’s Call Center plays a significant role in providing services of quality. It employs 100 specialists, who handle incoming calls, messages and e-mails in 7 languages (in Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian, English, German, Finnish, and Russian) daily.

The average age of people working at airBaltic is 35 years, but the average seniority level reaches 6 years. Until now, 8 employees have been working in the company since its establishment in 1995. The proportion of gender equality is 46% women and 54% men. Today members of 30 nationalities work at airBaltic, including 50 Ukrainians, who have joined the company due to Russia’s invasion in Ukraine.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSJ (msn 55038) (Estonia) LGW (Richard Vandervord). Image: 959904.

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airBaltic to equip entire fleet with SpaceX’s Starlink

airBaltic has announced that it will equip its entire Airbus A220-300 fleet with SpaceX’s Starlink internet connectivity system. Every passenger will benefit from complimentary, in-flight high-speed internet access during all airBaltic flights without hassles or login pages. From the moment passengers walk onto the plane, they’ll have access to the internet.

Developed by SpaceX, Starlink provides high-speed, low-latency broadband internet in over 40 countries and counting around the world and began serving commercial aircraft last year with in-flight high-speed internet. With satellites positioned in low-Earth orbit at an altitude of 550 km, over 65 times closer than conventional geostationary satellites, Starlink achieves significantly lower latency and higher transmission speeds for its end users. Starlink can deliver up to 350 Mbps to aircraft, and with latency as low as 20 ms, passengers can engage in activities previously not functional in flight, including online gaming, virtual private networks, and other high data rate activities.

airBaltic will work with SpaceX to achieve the required STC (supplemental type certification) approval and is expected to begin installing the product on the entire airBaltic Airbus A220-300 fleet this year.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-ABI (msn 55163) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 959817.

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airBaltic receives its 39th Airbus A220-300

On December 31, 2022, the Latvian national airline airBaltic welcomed its 39th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-ABM, in Riga. This was the seventh Airbus A220-300 aircraft delivery for airBaltic in 2022. It is a part of the 50 Airbus A220-300 which airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBaltic holds 30 options and purchase rights for the same aircraft type.

Thus far, airBaltic has carried nearly 10 500 000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Airbus A220-300’s of the airline have completed more than 120 000 flights and flown over 263 000 block hours.

Since May 2020, airBaltic operates all its flights with a single aircraft type – Airbus A220-300.

airBaltic’s Christmas video

airBaltic is sending everyone heartwarming winter holiday greetings, by presenting a special video Landing Christmas Harmony.

The seasonal greetings video is a story about coming together and making miracles happen with the help of teamwork. The holiday season can feel like the most precious time when people feel enchanted to be together with their loved ones. That is why the team of airBaltic – pilots, cabin crew, technicians, flight coordinators, and various other specialists – come together to take passengers home or anyplace other, where their heart and where the people they love the most are!

The video has been produced by airBaltic:

Enija Zelmene, Visual Specialist (creative director, cinematographer, edit)

Eva Jātniece, Social Media Communication Specialist (project management, producer)

Augusts Zilberts, Public Relations Manager (piano arrangement)

 

Employee cast (in order of appearance):

David Berscheminski, Captain

Anika Sindija Vaivode, Receptionist

Rūdolfs Birkāns, Non-Destructive Testing Inspector

Rihards Reinis, Flight Coordinator

Sindija Legzdiņa, First Officer

Egita Krastiņa, Website Content Creator

Diāna Marta Ruka, Senior Cabin Crew

Mārcis Pikšēns, Flight Dispatcher Assistant

Agita Popoviča-Vīksna, Senior Cabin Crew

Dmitrijs Osipovs, De/anti-icing Process and Procedure Supervisor

Dainis Nažinskis, Social Media Support Manager

Viktorija Fjodorova, Non-Destructive Testing Inspector

Rimantas Antanavicius, Captain

Alīne Kurme, Senior Passenger Handling Agent

Anastasija Poļetajeva, Passenger Handling Agent

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airBaltic celebrates six years of Airbus A220-300 operations

In December 2022, the Latvian airline airBaltic marks a six year anniversary of Airbus A220-300 operations. On December 14, 2016 the first A220-300commercial flight departed from Riga to Amsterdam.

Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic: “Airbus A220-300 has transformed our airline, becoming one of the core and very valuable assets of the company. We are now flying the most efficient and greenest fleet, offering a high level of service to our passengers. A220-300’s have performed better than expected and have enabled us to reach further and further destinations, such as Marrakesh, Dubai or Gran Canaria. Also, at the beginning of this month, we welcomed our 37th and 38th A220-300’s, and we continue aiming towards 50 aircraft by early 2024.”

Since introduction of the first Airbus A220-300 aircraft in late 2016, airBaltic has carried over 10 170 000 passengers on these aircraft. A220-300’s have completed more than 117 000 flights and flown above 256 000 block hours.

As from 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.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-AAP (msn 55051) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 959651.

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airBaltic performs maintenance for Air Austral A220-300

airBaltic made this announcement:

At the beginning of December 2022, the Latvian national airline airBaltic performed the scheduled A-Check technical maintenance and engine replacement for an Airbus A220-300 aircraft of the French carrier Air Austral.

The work was done by a team of 10 airBaltic technicians, and it was the first time that such maintenance was performed for an aircraft of another airline.

The A-Check is a complex of tasks, covering general inspections of the interior and the aircraft hull for evidence of, for example, damage, deformation, corrosion, missing parts. Additionally, it also includes function checks and servicing of all aircraft systems. The A-Check is performed approximately every 400–850 flight hours, or every 200–300 flights, depending on aircraft type. Such maintenance is typically done at a hangar and can take a minimum of 10 working hours depending on the services needed.

In 2019 airBaltic became the first airline in the world obtaining a full scope EASA Part-145 Line Maintenance and Base Maintenance capability for Airbus A220-300 type aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Austral Airbus A220-330 (CS300 BD-500-1A11) F-OMER (msn 55116) (tree) CDG (Pepscl). Image: 959645.

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airBaltic carries 72% more passengers in November

airBaltic has carried 270 100 passengers or by 72% more than during the same period last year. In November 2022, airBaltic performed 3,010 flights – 10% more than in November 2021.

Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic: “This year, the winter season for airBaltic has begun very promising, highlighting the on-going road to the pre-pandemic result. A growing number of passengers are already planning their trips up to two months in advance and more, especially now focusing on skiing trips, as well as, warm leisure destinations.”

“However, more than ever before our task at the moment is to maintain and preserve these indicators, continuously demonstrating our strong position in the Baltic market and a wide range of connectivity options to Europe and beyond,” Gauss added.

  November, 20221 November, 20212 Change
Number of passengers 270 100 157 200 +72%
Number of flights 3 010 2 740 +10%

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSJ (msn 55038) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 946103.

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airBaltic participates in Airbus A220 demo tour in Africa

airBaltic participatedd in an aircraft manufacturer Airbus’ demonstration tour in Africa, showcasing its A220-300 aircraft (YL-ABL) to customers, international media and other guests. During the tour, airBaltic’s A220-300 visits two destinations in the region.

Thus far, airBaltic has carried nearly 10 170 000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Airbus A220-300’s have completed more than 117 000 flights and flown over 256 000 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 38 A220-300 with two more planned to join by the end of this year.

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airBaltic receives its 37th and 38th Airbus A220-300

On December 2, 2022, the Latvian national airline airBaltic welcomed its 37th and 38th Airbus A220-300 jets, registered as YL-ABK and YL-ABL, in Riga.These are the fifth and the sixth of eight planned Airbus A220-300 aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2022. They are a part of the 50 Airbus A220-300which airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBaltic holds 30 options and purchase rights for the same aircraft type.

Thus far, airBaltic has carried nearly 10 170 000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Airbus A220-300’s have completed more than 117 000 flights and flown over 256 000 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 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 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 NOXemissions by 20% and 50% respectively.

airBaltic reports a net profit of EUR 17.1 million in third quarter

airBaltic, according to the unaudited consolidated financial results for the first nine months of 2022, has already achieved EUR 362.5 million revenue, which is by 172% more than in 2021. At the same time, the pre-exceptional net income for the third quarter of 2022 has grown to EUR 17.1 million.

During the first nine months of 2022, airBaltic has carried 2.4 million passengers or by 133% more than during the same period last year. The number of performed flights has increased by 88% – to 27 713 flights.

Jan-Sep 2022 Jan-Sep 2021 Change %
Revenue EUR 362.5 million EUR 133.3 million 172%
Net loss** EUR (35.6) million EUR (72.1) million -50.6%
Passengers 2.4 million 1.0 million 133%
Flights 27 713 14 719 88%

** Supplemental commercial support included and adjusted for the period; the foreign currency exchange loss related to re-evaluation of USD denominated liabilities is excluded.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-AAR (msn 55053) ARN (Tony Storck). Image: 959469.

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