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airBaltic revises its livery with “greener tails”

airBaltic on November 28, 2019, at the Airbus aircraft program’s headquarters in Mirabel, Canada celebrated its 21st Airbus A220-300jet, registered as YL-AAU in a revised livery. The 21st aircraft for airBaltic marks the next phase in the airBaltic fleet modernization plan.

From now on, all the company’s new aircraft will have greener tails, thus emphasizing airBaltic’s commitment to becoming a more sustainable airline operating one of the greenest fleets and launching other sustainability initiatives in the near future.

This will be the first delivery of the additional order that was signed on May 28, 2018, for purchase of 30 Airbus A220-300 aircraft with options for an additional 30 aircraft of the same type. Till the end of 2019, airBaltic plans to have a total of 22 Airbus A220-300 aircraft in its fleet, but by the end of 2020 – 26.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are truly proud to be the launch operator of the Airbus A220-300aircraft which, being an integral part of airBaltic’s fleet over the last three years has demonstrated an outstanding performance. To introduce this aircraft was a forward-thinking decision that has most certainly paid off as A220 family aircraft are not only considerably more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly, but also more convenient for both passengers and staff. The vision of an all-Airbus A220 fleet by 2023 is the backbone of airBaltic’s Destination 2025 business plan and the celebration of our 21st A220-300 aircraft from the newest order marks another step towards the set aim.”

Three years ago, on November 29, 2016, the world’s first Airbus A220-300 (at that time Bombardier CS300) aircraft registered as YL-CSA departed from Montreal-Mirabel and landed in Riga on November 30, 2016.  airBaltic was the first airline in the world that launched commercial operations with Airbus A220-300 on December 14, 2016, on its route linking Riga with Amsterdam. The very first world’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft registered as YL-CSA also has just received the new, improved livery and on November 30 will land in Riga.

Thus far, airBaltic has carried over 4,000,000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft with every second airBaltic passenger flying on the aircraft. Airbus A220-300’s have completed more than 40,000 flights and flown over 100 000 block hours.

The Airbus A220-300 has performed beyond the company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and 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 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.

As informed previously, airBaltic aims to minimize complexity and benefit from the additional efficiency of the Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which will be the only jet type operated by airBaltic by the end of 2022.

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airBaltic carries 22% more passengers during first three quarters of 2019

airBaltic has transported a total of 3 874 867 or 22% more passengers during the first nine months of 2019 than in the same period last year to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. In September 2019, 501 149 passengers traveled with airBaltic and it was a 26% increase compared to last year.

During the first nine months of the 2019 airBaltic has operated 47 779 flights. During September 2019, airBaltic operated 5 756 flights or 13% more than in September 2018.

The airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, during the first nine months of 2019, was at a level of 77%, but in September 2019 – 80%.

The 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic during the first nine months of 2019 reached a level of 86%. This means that more than 86 out of every 100 airBaltic flights departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.

September, 2019 September, 2018 Changes
Number of passengers 501149 398846 26%
Number of flights 5756 5108 13%
Load factor 80% 79% +1 percentage point
15-minute flight punctuality indicator 86% 90% -4 percentage points
January – September, 2019 January – September, 2018 Changes
Number of passengers 3 874 867 3168893 22%
Number of flights 47779 42294 13%
Load factor 77% 77% 0 percentage points
15-minute flight punctuality indicator 86% 87% -1 percentage point

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.

The airBaltic fleet consists of 39 aircraft – 20 Airbus A220-300s, 7 Boeing 737s and 12 Bombardier Q400Next Gen aircraft.

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airBaltic announces new flights to Manchester, Yerevan and two Norwegian cities

airBaltic's 2019 Lithuania flag livery

airBaltic has announced that as of summer season 2020 it will launch new flights from Riga to Manchester (United Kingdom), Yerevan (Armenia) as well as Bergen and Trondheim (both in Norway).

In addition, on May 1, 2020 airBaltic will launch flights from Tallinn to Nice. It will be the 14th destination offered from the Estonian capital.

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price*, Basic Price*, Premium Price*, Business
Riga–Manchester 4 flights weekly March 29, 2020 39 EUR 115 EUR 589 EUR
Riga–Bergen 3 flights weekly March 31, 2020 35 EUR 89 EUR 365 EUR
Riga–Trondheim 2-3 flights weekly April 1, 2020 49 EUR 115 EUR 375 EUR
Tallinn–Nice 2 flights weekly May 1, 2020 99 EUR 145 EUR 549 EUR
Riga–Yerevan 2 flights weekly May 3, 2020 99 EUR 145 EUR 529 EUR

*Lowest fare (one way), including taxes, fees and service charges, on www.airBaltic.com, subject to availability.

Flights from Riga to Manchester will commence on March 29, 2020 and will be performed four times per week. Flights to Bergen and Trondheim will be launched on March 31 and April 1 respectively, while flights to Yerevan will begin on May 3, 2020.

The airBaltic fleet consists of 40 aircraft – 20 Airbus A220-300s, 8 Boeing 737s and 12 Bombardier Q400Next Gen aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSK (msn 55039) (Lithuania) AMS (Karl Cornil). Image: 947447.

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airBaltic receives its 20th Airbus A220-300 and completes the original order

airBaltic on September 21, 2019 in Riga welcomed its 20th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-AAT, thus finalizing the original Airbus A220-300 order.

By the end of 2019, airBaltic plans to have a total of 22 Airbus A220-300 aircraft in its fleet of which two will be already from the additional order that was signed on May 28, 2018 for purchase of 30 Airbus A220-300 aircraft with options for an additional 30 aircraft of the same type. 

Thus far, airBaltic has carried over 3 750 000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft with every second airBaltic passenger flying on the aircraft. Airbus A220-300’s have completed more than 37 000 flights and flown over 94 000 block hours. 

The Airbus A220-300 has performed beyond the company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and 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 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.

As informed previously, airBaltic aims to minimize complexity and benefit from the additional efficiency of the Airbus A220-300 aircraft which will be the only jet type operated by airBaltic by the end of 2022.

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airBaltic publishes its full winter schedule with new routes

airBaltic's 2019 Lithuania flag livery

airBaltic has fully published its upcoming winter season schedule which will begin on October 27, 2019.

For the first time during this winter season airBaltic offers flights from Riga to Athens, Dublin, Keflavik (Reykjavik) and Stuttgart.

During the upcoming winter season, airBaltic will also offer seasonal flights to skiing resorts of Salzburg, Verona and Poprad Tatry as well as four weekly flights to Abu Dhabi, which this year will already be resumed by the beginning of October. airBaltic will also continue to offer such sunny leisure destinations as Malaga, Barcelona and Lisbon among others.

Flights to Dublin and Stuttgart will be served for the entire winter season. Flights to Reykjavik will be operated until January 31, 2020 and restart on March 3, 2020, but the flights from Riga to Athens will continue until December 1, 2019 and restart on March 4, 2020.

From Tallinn, airBaltic will launch a new season route to Salzburg. In addition, it will be the first winter season for flights to Malaga, Brussels and Copenhagen.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. 

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSK (msn 55039) (Lithuania) AMS (Karl Cornil). Image: 947447.

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airBaltic honors the 30th anniversary of the independence of the three Baltic States

On August 21, 2019, Latvian airline airBaltic welcomed its partners and employees at Riga International Airport where a very special event was held to honor the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way that will be marked on August 23, 2019.

Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia: “For Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania, August is the month of freedom and our special shared destiny of the Baltics. Thirty years ago, in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and everywhere in the world, almost every Balt joined the Baltic Way in their hearts and minds at that time by striving for the freedom of their relatives and themselves and the independence of all three Baltic States.”

Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia adds: “I extend my gratitude to airBaltic for the beautiful and creative idea of ​​painting three new aircraft into the flag colours of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania, the national colours of our nations. airBaltic reminds the world of the colours of our flags in a very special way. At every airport these airplanes will reach, their livery will be an opportunity to tell the story of our countries and our very special shared destiny. May airBaltic have a great opportunity for all of us in Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania to enjoy the restored freedom and openness to the world!”

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are proud to host this event in honour of the Baltic Way – a unique, peaceful demonstration that showed the world how determined and unified the Baltic people were in regaining their freedom. Together with amazing partners, we have created a special series of liveries and a song to honour the anniversary of this historic event and demonstrate Baltic solidarity. With more than 80 direct routes, we provide the best connectivity to and from the Baltics. We are committed to the Baltic states and will continue our sustainable growth path to promote the future development of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania.”

Artūras Žurauskas, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Latvia: “Nations sharing common history, culture and vision and acting in a coordinated manner are invincible on their way to freedom, independence, prosperity and historical justice.”

Karmen Laus, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Estonia in Riga: “The day of 23rd of August remains one of the most remarkable examples of peaceful protest in history and it led us to restore the independence our countries. The Baltic Way brought together many generations and built a bridge across our countries. And the saying – Together we stand, divided we fall – is viable today as it was 30 years ago.”

During the event, airBaltic together with Baltic musicians – Latvian band Instrumenti, Lithuanian singer Jazzu and Ewert Sundja, the leader of the Estonian band Ewert and the Two Dragons – presented a gift to Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia – a song dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way that is called Via Baltica. The composer of the new song is Reinis Sējāns (Instrumenti) and the lyrics were written by Latvian poet Marts Pujāts but were localised into Estonian by Estonian writer Contra (Margus Konnula) and Estonian musician Ewert Sundja, but into Lithuanian by Lithuanian singer Jazzu.

The new song encourages us to remember and pass on the value of freedom from generation to generation – the freedom that the people of these countries yearned for with the Baltic Way.

In addition, at the event all three airBaltic Airbus A220-300 liveries (above) that carry the national flag motives of the Baltic states were presented side by side for the first time as a symbol of airBaltic’s roots and commitment to the Baltic region.

On August 23, 1989, a unique and peaceful political demonstration took place. Approximately two million people joined hands, forming more than 600-kilometre human line from the Estonian capital Tallinn via Riga, Latvia to Vilnius in Lithuania. Known as the Baltic Way, it demonstrated the unity of the Baltic states in their efforts to gain freedom and independence from the Soviet Union. 

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. 

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airBaltic sees strong demand for heavy cabin baggage

airBaltic has made this announcement:

Since the introduction of the service by airBaltic in March, more than 100 000 bookings for the heavy cabin baggage have been made by the airline’s passengers. Since March, airBaltic passengers can purchase additional weight of four kilograms for their free cabin baggage allowance for a price starting at EUR 9.99. By using the service, the total cabin bag allowance can reach a total weight of up to 12 kilograms. 

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “Heavy cabin cabbage is an innovative service and we see that it is continuing to grow in popularity. So far, the service has been growing by around 10% every week in volume terms, showing that our passengers appreciate the product. The service addresses those passengers, who need more than eight kilograms.”

All Economy class passengers of airBaltic are still allowed to carry on board one cabin bag (55x40x23 cm) and one personal item (30x40x10 cm) with a total weight of eight kilograms free or charge. In case a passenger purchases extra cabin baggage weight, the cabin bag still may not exceed 55x40x23 cm dimensions. The service is available only on flights operated by airBaltic.

It is possible to purchase the service on company’s website up until an hour before the departure as well as by contacting our call centre or travel agencies. At the airport, the passenger must be able to provide a booking confirmation or invoice if requested by the gate agent.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.