The carrier has confirmed an important milestone was reached with its fleet of Airbus A220-300s.
There were celebrations at airBaltic after revealing yesterday (November 8) that it had carried ten million passengers in total on its Airbus A220-300s.
The Latvia-based airline had introduced the narrowbody type into revenue service on December 14, 2016 (while the A220 was then still known as the Bombardier C Series). This was between Riga and Amsterdam/Schiphol with 120 passengers onboard airBaltic’s maiden example, YL-CSA (c/n 55003) – which also marked the world’s first CS300 (A220-300) commercial rotation by an airline.
Since this date, airBaltic says it has completed more than 114,000 flights and flown over 251,000 block hours with the aircraft.
Martin Gauss, president and CEO of airBaltic, said: “I am delighted, together with our partners and passengers, to record and celebrate such an important milestone in the history of our company and fleet…”
Gauss added: “During the last six years, [the] A220 definitely has become the backbone and business card of the airline’s operations, valued and appreciated by our team and customers. Since May 2020, all of airBaltic’s flights have been operated by a single [fleet] type, thus significantly improving many areas of our business.”
According to airBaltic, its current 36-strong A220-300 fleet is set to be expanded with four new deliveries “in the upcoming months” – and plans to reach an eventual 50 examples by early 2024. Furthermore, it also holds 30 options and purchase rights for the type.