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airBaltic has a great 2019, sees a passenger increase of 22%

airBaltic in 2019 has carried 5,049,317 passengers or 22% more than the year before to its network. It is the highest number of passengers carried in airline’s history.

In 2019, airBaltic operated a total of 62,748 flights or 12% more than in 2018. The airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, was at a level of 76% in 2019.

In 2020, airBaltic continues its expansion in the Baltics and will launch 14 new routes, including four new direct destinations from Tallinn, Estonia, and five new destinations from Vilnius, Lithuania.

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airBaltic to launch new route between Riga and Yekaterinburg

airBaltic will launch a new summer seasonal route between Riga and Yekaterinburg in Russia on April 1, 2020.

Yekaterinburg will be the sixth destination airBaltic serves in Russia, in addition to convenient connections between Riga and Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Sochi and Kazan. The number of passengers grows each year. Thus, in 2019 airBaltic has carried by 16% more passengers than last year on Russian routes.

airBaltic will fly from Riga to Yekaterinburg two times weekly. Passengers will board the Airbus A220-300 aircraft for a flight that will last approximately three hours and five minutes.

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airBaltic receives its 22nd Airbus A220-300

airBaltic on December 23, 2019 in Riga welcomed its 22nd Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-AAV. The 22nd Airbus A220-300 completes the planned new aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2019 and it is the second 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.

By the end of 2020 airBaltic plans to have a total of 26 Airbus A220-300 jets in its fleet.

Thus far, airBaltic has carried over 4,500,000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft with every second airBaltic passenger flying on the aircraft. Airbus A220-300s have completed more than 44 000 flights and flown over 110,000 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 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 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.

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.

The company expects to retire the remaining Boeing 737s by the end of 2022.

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airBaltic launches new direct routes from Tallinn and Vilnius

airBaltic continues its expansion in the Baltics and announces the launch of four new direct destinations from Tallinn, Estonia, and five new destinations from Vilnius, Lithuania. In total, airBaltic will add 13 new routes to its summer season 2020 route map.

As of next summer season airBaltic will commence direct flights from Tallinn to Rome, Zurich, Hamburg and Nice, the latter had already been announced previously. In addition, airBaltic announces introduction of five new direct routes from Vilnius to Hamburg, Zurich, Gothenburg, which will start operations in late March, as well as Dubrovnik and Rijeka, which will begin in May. As informed earlier this year, airBaltic will also launch new flights from Riga to Manchester (United Kingdom), Yerevan (Armenia) as well as Bergen and Trondheim (both Norway).

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
Riga–Yerevan 2 flights weekly May 3, 2020 99 EUR 145 EUR 529 EUR
Tallinn–Hamburg 4 flights weekly March 29, 2020 69 EUR 125 EUR 455 EUR
Tallinn–Rome 2 flights weekly March 30, 2020 79 EUR 125 EUR 479 EUR
Tallinn–Zurich 3 flights weekly March 31, 2020 79 EUR 125 EUR 455 EUR
Tallinn–Nice 2 flights weekly May 1, 2020 99 EUR 145 EUR 549 EUR
Vilnius–Gothenburg 2 flights weekly March 29, 2020 25 EUR 85 EUR 335 EUR
Vilnius–Hamburg 3 flights weekly March 30, 2020 49 EUR 95 EUR 439 EUR
Vilnius–Zurich 2 flights weekly March 31, 2020 55 EUR 109 EUR 399 EUR
Vilnius–Dubrovnik 2 flights weekly May 2, 2020 55 UER 119 EUR 339 EUR
Vilnius–Rijeka 1 flight weekly May 7, 2020 49 EUR 115 EUR 325 EUR

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

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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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