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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. 

airBaltic rolls out special Lithuanian Airbus A220-300 livery

airBaltic has made this announcement:

Due to the growing demand of airBaltic services in Lithuania, airBaltic has created a special livery of its Airbus A220-300 aircraft dedicated to Lithuania.

Now airBaltic’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft registered as YL-CSK is carrying the colors of the Lithuanian flag and the name of its capital – Vilnius.

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During the first six months of 2019 airBaltic has transported over 240 000 passengers to and from Lithuania. The airline has carried 20% more passengers in Lithuania to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East than during the same period last year.

As informed previously, starting from winter season of 2019 airBaltic will also station one of its new Airbus A220-300 aircraft in Vilnius, in order to serve the growing range of destinations offered to Lithuanian passengers. 

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. 

airBaltic extends operating season of flights to Athens and Keflavik

airBaltic has announces extension of the operating season of its flights from Riga to Athens, Greece and Keflavik (Reykjavik), Iceland. Flights to Keflavik 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.

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Riga–Reykjavik 2 flights weekly 79 EUR 129 EUR 509 EUR
Riga–Athens 2 flights weekly 79 EUR 149 EUR 385 EUR

 

From October until January, airBaltic will fly from Riga to Keflavik two times weekly. Passengers will board an Airbus A220-300 aircraft for a flight that will last 3 hours and 55 minutes. Between December 2019 and January 2020, airBaltic will fly from Riga to Athens two times weekly. Passengers will board an Airbus A220-300 aircraft for a flight that will last 3 hours and 10 minutes. 

airBaltic paints YL-CSJ in the flag colors of Estonia

airBaltic has made this announcement:

Due to the growing popularity of airBaltic services in Estonia, last weekend airBaltic completed the paintwork on one of its Airbus A220-300 aircraft at Magnetic MRO facilities at Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. Now airBaltic’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft registered as YL-CSJ is carrying the colors of the Estonian flag and the name of its capital – Tallinn.

To create this artwork, 15 professional painters worked for 1 000 hours. In total, 250 liters of primer, paint and lacquer were used to cover the aircraft, which constitutes the layer of 120 microns or 0.12 mm.

During the first five months of 2019 airBaltic has transported over 210 000 passengers to and from Estonia. The airline has carried 31% more passengers in Estonia to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East than during the same period last year.

airBaltic offers the best connectivity to and from Tallinn, fostering better business relations and more leisure travel opportunities to and from the Estonian capital. Following growing local demand, airBaltic has been increasing its presence in Estonia, by adding more direct destinations from Tallinn Airport. By launching three new direct routes this year, airBaltic now offers a total of 12 direct services from Tallinn.

As of June, airBaltic is basing two of its Airbus A220-300 in Tallinn. It is the greenest commercial aircraft currently available. 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 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. In the summer season 2019, airBaltic has launched new destinations from Riga to Dublin, Stuttgart and Lviv as well as to Kos and Menorca. 

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