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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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airBaltic records its 10th million Airbus A220-300 passenger

airBaltic made this announcement:

Today, November 8, 2022 the Latvian airline airBaltic recorded the reach of 10 million-passenger mark, traveling on Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

Since the launch of commercial operations with the A220 on December 14, 2016, the airline has already completed more than 114,000 flights and flown over 251,000 block hours.

In the upcoming months, as an addition to the fleet, airBaltic is going to receive four new A220 deliveries, thus reaching 50 such aircraft by early 2024. Moreover, airBaltic holds 30 options and purchase rights for the same aircraft type.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-ABD (msn 55129) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 958511.

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airBaltic to fly to Gran Canaria this winter

airBaltic launched its first direct flight from Riga to Gran Canaria in Spain today, November 1. It is already the second airBaltic’s route to Canary Islands, providing a well-known, attractive leisure destination to one of the most visited islands right after Tenerife.

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price *, GREEN Price *, Classic Price *, Business Light Price*, Business
Riga-Gran Canaria 2 flights weekly Nocember 1, 2022 155 EUR 215 EUR 575 EUR 675 EUR

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

Flights between Riga and Gran Canaria will be operated by Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Flights to Gran Canaria are scheduled to take 6 hours and 40 minutes.

In other news, the airline release this statement on booking trends:

Due to lifted Covid-19 restrictions globally and less uncertainty around, the Latvian airline airBaltic reports a positive pattern in its bookings so far this year. The airline sees a consistently growing demand, and the overall passenger behavior slowly resembles the pre-pandemic tendencies.

So far in 2022, airBaltic has carried more than 2.6 million passengers, which is already more than the airline carried during the whole of 2021 and 2020 each. These results indicate a clear demand for travel. Compared to the previous two years, airBaltic sees an overall trend of passengers being more confident and less cautious when it comes to future travel planning – starting to book tickets more in advance, purchasing various ancillary products to ease the travel, and more.

The airline also has noticed a similar to pre-pandemic trend in booking pattern for special occasions and celebrations, for example, school holidays in autumn, the Midsummer holidays, skiing trips in winter, and more. Leisure trips still continue to be booked more in advance than, for example, city breaks or business trips.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSA (msn 55003) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 958285.

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airBaltic adds Marrakesh, Morocco for the winter

airBaltic launched its first direct flight from Riga to Marrakesh in Morocco.

airBaltic now connects the Baltic States with the world’s second-largest continent – Africa. Marrakesh is a great gateway to the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, and offers plenty of places of interest.

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price *,

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Riga–Marrakesh 2 flights weekly October 31, 2022 155 EUR 215 EUR 575 EUR 675 EUR

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

Flights between Riga and Marrakesh in Morocco are scheduled to take 5 hours and 30 minutes, and will be operated by the Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSD (msn 55006) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946102.

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airBaltic carries 45% more passengers in September

airBaltic has carried 338,100 passengers or by 45% more in September 2022 compared with the same period last year.

In September 2022, airBaltic performed 3 420 flights – by 15% more than in September 2021.

  September, 20221 September, 20212 Change
Number of passengers 338 100 232 900 +45%
Number of flights 3 420 2 980 +15%

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSL (msn 55041) (Latvia 100) LGW (Richard Vandervord). Image: 959077.

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airBaltic issues its thirteenth NFT – Jūrmala

airBaltic has issued its thirteenth NFT (non-fungible token) edition of the airBaltic City Collection has been issued on OpenSea marketplace for a fixed price of 0.1 Ether. A total of 10 new unique collectibles of the airBaltic City Collection can now be purchased: https://opensea.io/airBaltic.

The thirteenth airBaltic issue is a digital art piece with one of the most beloved Latvian cities Jūrmala, a resort city which is the home to sandy beaches, one of the most popular concert halls in Latvia – Dzintari Concert Hall, as well as to the sculpture Bruņurupucis, which symbolizes long life. In honour 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 twelve more digital art pieces honouring beloved Latvian cities Cēsis, Alūksne, Liepāja, Bauska, Sigulda, Jelgava, Ogre, Valmiera, Gulbene, Smiltene, Līvāni and now Jūrmala. 

As previously informed, in May 2022 airBaltic announced 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. Owners of the airBaltic City Collection NFTs will be able to receive Planies NFT free of charge.

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) YL-CSM (msn 55042) FCO (Richard Vandervord). Image: 954324.

Above Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSM (msn 55042) FCO (Richard Vandervord). Image: 954324.

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airBaltic – the world’s first airline to issue non-fungible tokens (NFTs), releases its next edition (#13) in airBaltic City collection. Each of the limited collector NFTs is a digital art piece showcasing an individual Airbus A220-300 with its registration and one of the most beloved cities of Latvia to promote tourism and Latvia in the world. Previous cities features have been KuldīgaCēsisAlūksneLiepājaBauskaSigulda, Jelgava, Ogre, ValmieraGulbene, Smiltene and Livani. All airBaltic NFTs have been issued on the OpenSea marketplace and are placed in Metaverse 3D gallery.

Edition 13 is showcasing an individual Airbus A220-300 and Jūrmala.

Jūrmala - airBaltic NFTs City Collection, Edition 13 - GIF

Discover Jūrmala

The swelter of summer is the right time to swap the city for the beach. Those who like historical charm and being around people should head for the Latvian seaside resort city of Jūrmala. Often called the Northern Riviera, Jūrmala’s swimming and sun-bathing culture is centuries old. Its unique wooden architecture calls to mind the spa culture of the 19th century, and the white-sand beaches stretching for almost 26 kilometres are full of life and energy. Here are the best things to do in Jūrmala.

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Where to find history

The history of the Baltics’ largest resort town stretches back more than 200 years. The best place to learn more about Jūrmala is at the Jūrmala Museum, which contains 50,000 artefacts, including the largest swimwear collection in Latvia. The collection consists mainly of women’s swimsuits from the 20th century, because women have generally been more active in both buying and wearing swimsuits.

Jurmala museum

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Must-see sites

For years, Jūrmala has been known not only for its healing resources but also for its historical architecture. Many of the buildings in the city are protected as historical landmarks. They represent a whole range of styles, from Art Nouveau, national romanticism, and classical architecture to modernism and Soviet functionalism. Discover hidden gems of Jūrmala’s architecture on a bicycle – routes can be found at visitjurmala.lv.

Jurmala Jomas street

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What to do

Enjoy a spa! Jūrmala’s spa and resort industry stretches back to the late 18th century. The entire Jūrmala area is considered a natural spa. The gentle, ionised seaside air heals the respiratory tract and strengthens the immune system, and the aroma of the surrounding pine forests has a soothing effect on the emotions. The sulphur, bromide, and sodium chloride-rich mineral waters hidden in the subsoil as well as the healing sapropel mud found in the area’s lakes are still today used in the treatment programmes offered by most of the city’s resort hotels and rehabilitation centres. The amber stone massages are also a favourite.

Jurmala Amber spa

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Where to find the best view

Last summer saw the opening of the highest viewing platform in the region accessible to the general public – the Ķemeri Water Tower. Due to the surrounding sulfur springs with healing properties, Ķemeri is the part of the city of Jūrmala where resorts began popping up as far back as the 18th century. The 42-meter high Ķemeri Water Tower is located in the historic Ķemeri Resort Park. 220 steps lead up to the viewing platform featuring breath-taking views of the restored park and rose garden. Built in 1929, the water tower also currently contains an exhibit on the history of the resort. A prior reservation is required to access the water tower’s viewing platform.

Jurmala Kemeri Water Tower

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Where to hear legends

Jūrmala inspired many of Latvia’s greatest poets, including Rainis (1865–1929) and Aspazija (1865–1943). Enjoy peace and quiet at the historic summer house of Rainis and Aspazija, which is now a museum dedicated to the two poets. The couple loved to spend their summers there — surrounded by pine trees, the tranquil charm of the resort town will most likely cast its spell over you during your visit as well. The summer house boasts authentic household objects that help visitors truly feel the aura of the time when the literary giants wrote their greatest works. Audioguides are available.

Jurmala Rainis and Aspazija house

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Another interesting site to visit is the House of Aspazija, which is where the poet spent the last ten years of her life. Behind the charming facade of the house lies the most unusual museum in Jūrmala — it virtually allows visitors to travel back in time to the 1930s. This feeling is created by the interior, which has been meticulously preserved to correspond to the era and includes a magnificent guest salon, cosy verandas, original works of art, and narrow wooden stairs. With the help of digital technologies, the museum allows you to meet the poetess herself as well as her eternal companions – cats. Audioguides and guided excursions are available.

 

 

Where to enjoy culture

Jūrmala’s historical stages and gardens have delighted audiences with open-air concerts for over a century. Even today, guests can enjoy music at the open-air Dzintari Concert Hall as gulls call in the distance and the sun provides natural lighting and stage design. The venue hosts not only classical and popular music concerts but a variety of festivals as well. It’s worth following along to see what cultural events are going on at Dzintari Concert Hall while you’re in the area.

Jurmala Dzintaru concert hall

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With the recent restoration of the stage in Melluži Park, originally built in 1930, the residents of Jūrmala now have a new venue for cultural events. The stage is one of two wooden acoustic shell-shaped open-air stages in the entire Baltic region to have survived from the 20th century. It’s also an Instagrammer’s dream location.

 

Where to get adrenaline

Jūrmala offers many great sporting activities, but tennis has always occupied a special position in this resort city. Among the several high-level tennis courts here, one sports complex is most definitely worth a visit. After an extensive reconstruction, the Lielupe Tennis Centre reopened in December of 2019 and is now considered the most modern tennis centre in the Baltics. In fact, this iconic place was first reported on in the media as far back as 1932.

Jurmala Lielupe Tennis Centre

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Where to go with children

If building sandcastles and splashing in the surf on the natural beach is not enough for you, even more water and fun can be experienced at the Līvu Akvaparks water park. One of the largest water parks in northern Europe, it features slides of varying difficulty, a flowing “river”, saunas, jacuzzis, and a myriad of other exciting attractions.

Jurmala Livu akvaparks

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If water is not your thing, try a visit to the Dzintari forest park — it features a viewing tower, playgrounds for children of various ages, rollerskating paths, a skatepark, and streetball courts. Two of the most popular attractions here are the Jūrmala Net Adventure Park and the Jūrmalas Tarzāns adventure park. Here you can climb and crawl in nets and tunnels hanging among the trees six metres above ground, slide down a zipline, or clamber up and down chutes and ladders to your heart’s content.

Jurmala tarzans

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Where to enjoy nature

Experts estimate that bogs cover about 5% of Latvia’s land, and approximately 70% of those bogs remain relatively untouched and unspoiled. With their colours, scents and otherwordly mood, Latvian bogs are truly a magical place. Nowadays, of course, it’s possible to explore a bog and still keep your feet dry. The boardwalk through Great Ķemeri Bog is the most popular destination in Ķemeri National Park and lets visitors enjoy this unique raised mossy bog with ease. This particular bog is approximately 8000 years old and contains a labyrinth of small elongated lakes and pools that add to its gentle beauty. It’s especially magnificent at sunrise, so it’s definitely worth getting up early and taking along a thermos with hot tea to catch those first rays of the day. The boardwalk at Ķemeri is 3.4 kilometres long.

Jurmala Kemeri Resort park

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Where to dine

Gastronomic pleasure-seekers must first decide what kind of atmosphere they want to dine in. The heart of Jūrmala is Jomas iela, a pedestrian street lined with countless restaurants and cafés. It’s been a popular meeting, walking and hanging-out place for visitors and residents of the resort town since the 19th century. For a more relaxed atmosphere, restaurants and cafés on the beach or by the Lielupe River are also worth a look.

Jurmala Restaurant 36 line

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One of the truly best spots on Jūrmala’s dining scene is the Bar & Grill 36. Line restaurant run by Lauris Aleksejevs, one of Latvia’s most well-known chefs. According to customer reviews, everyone in Jūrmala glowingly recommends this place. Bar & Grill 36. Line is right on the beach, which means it has a fantastic view of the sunset. The restaurant has an open kitchen and open flame grill, with fresh ingredients and produce for grilling supplied by German and French gourmet markets.

Another classic Jūrmala eatery, albeit a luxury one, is the Light House Jūrmala restaurant. It’s also located on the beach, so it features a slightly more peaceful atmosphere with a view of the strand and the sea that is absolutely stunning. On the menu you’ll find Mediterranean cuisine, seafood, and dishes featuring vegetables and juicy meats prepared on a Spanish “Josper” grill.

 

 

Where to stay

Many people associate Jūrmala with a place where they can enjoy peace and tranquillity without having to give up a pleasant level of comfort and various entertainment options. This concept is also embodied by the city’s wide-ranging accommodation options for tourists —  from budget-friendly campsites and small but sophisticated boutique spa hotels to luxurious hotels with full spa and fitness programmes.

Jurmala Baltic Beach Hotel

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For example, the 5-star Baltic Beach Hotel & SPA is located directly along the beach and is surrounded by lush pine-trees. Its relatively secluded location amidst the dunes provides a peaceful sense of retreat, great views, and a private beach. Another option is the 3-star Villa Joma, which exudes the charm of old Jūrmala seeing as its small wooden building has served as a hotel in the very centre of town since it was first built. Both the facade and the interior reflect the famous wooden architecture that is unique to this seaside town, allowing you to enjoy an unforgettable stay in a place with a cultural history and natural environment like no other.

 

Read more about Jūrmala at visitjurmala.lv

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Swiss reduces food waste with ‘SWISS Saveurs Pre-Order’ and ‘SWISS Saveurs To Go’

Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) HB-JCE (msn 55014) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 957144.

Swiss International Air Lines has made this announcement:

SWISS has launched two new initiatives to sustainably reduce the food waste within its SWISS Saveurs catering concept for Economy Class travellers on its short- and medium-haul flights. Under ‘SWISS Saveurs Pre-Order’ customers can individually order any of the freshly prepared items on the SWISS Saveurs menu in advance of their flight. And with ‘SWISS Saveurs To Go’ passengers on the last evening flights of the day can purchase any remaining freshly prepared SWISS Saveurs items at substantially reduced prices.

With effect from today, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) now offers its Economy Class guests on its short- and medium-haul services the option of ordering any items they desire from the current SWISS Saveurs menu online in advance of their flight. The range of items available extends to all freshly prepared products such as the salads, sweet bakery items and sandwiches made to the recipes of Confiserie Sprüngli, Switzerland’s renowned confectioner, along with the Beyond Meat Burger which is offered on longer flights. Any of these items can be easily pre-ordered up to 36 hours before departure via the separate swiss.com/saveurs-preorder booking link. The new option is available for all short- and medium-haul services from or to Zurich or Geneva of more than 50 minutes flying time from 20 April onwards. Customers will only pay for their pre-ordered item when it is served to them by the cabin crew in the course of their flight, and will also obtain it at a discounted price.

It’s with the same aims in mind that SWISS is launching a further inflight initiative on 20 April, too. Under ‘SWISS Saveurs To Go’, the cabin crews on the last evening flights of the day back to Zurich and Geneva will, after the regular inflight service, offer their passengers the opportunity to obtain any still-unsold SWISS Saveurs items freshly prepared from Confiserie Sprüngli recipes. The availability of such items will be communicated via an inflight announcement shortly before landing; and, if available, the products concerned will be offered in the form of a ‘surprise bag’ containing one or two such freshly prepared items which has been made up by the cabin crew, and at a substantially reduced price.

Top Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) HB-JCE (msn 55014) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 957144.

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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 and Tez Tour Latvija announce charter flights to Antalya, Burgas and Araxos

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) YL-CSA (msn 55003) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 957113.

airBaltic in cooperation with the international tour operator Tez Tour Latvija announce charter flights from Riga for the upcoming summer season, which will include such popular destinations as Antalya in Turkey, Burgas in Bulgaria and Araxos in Peloponnese, Greece.

Now airBaltic Club stamp card is available for Tez Tour charter flights as well – airBaltic Club members can collect stamps and get valuable prizes, such as airBaltic Club points, free seat reservation, heavy cabin baggage and 10 EUR discount vouchers or even airBaltic Club Executive status for a year. In order to participate in stamp card and enjoy the travel benefits member has to open the airBaltic Club app, tap the View airBaltic stamps section, book the next charter flight with Tez Tour and add the membership number during the booking process.

During the summer season of 2022 airBaltic and Tez Tour Latvija will offer scheduled charter flights to Antalya (Turkey), Burgas (Bulgaria) and Araxos (Peloponnese, Greece). In April, the company will also continue to offer charter flights to Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt.

In other news, the airline will commence new scheduled flights between Vilnius and Hamburg.

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airBaltic partners with Latvian Olympic Committee, adds special logos to YL-CSL

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) YL-CSL (msn 55041) (Latvia 100) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 956120.

airBaltic has announced that it has concluded a partnership agreement with Latvian Olympic Committee, and will provide support to Latvian athletes traveling to and from international events.

In honor of the partnership, airBaltichas adjusted the livery of the aircraft painted in the motives of the Latvian flag. It now includes the logo of the Latvian Olympic Committee and the name Latvija on its tail and belly.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSL (msn 55041) (Latvia 100) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 956120.

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