Riga. The Latvian airline airBaltic received the tenth Airbus A220-300 aircraft, registered as YL-CSJ, in Riga on July 20. By the end of 2018, airBaltic plans to have a total of 14 A220-300 aircraft on its fleet.
Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “This is the first Airbus A220-300 aircraft we have received since Airbus officially overtook the program. We are proud of being the global launch operator of this aircraft type, and having such a strong partner like Airbus only benefits our airline.”
airBaltic has launched an improved cabin with new, comfortable seats on its latest two Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Passengers will benefit from such additional improvements as more legroom, new pockets behind the seats for magazines, hangers next to the seat for jackets. All airBaltic Airbus A220-300 aircraft will get the improved cabin.
“As initially planned, we are further improving our Airbus A220-300 fleet with several upgrades in the cabin design. We are delighted that our passengers appreciate the comfort that the Airbus A220-300 aircraft offers. By the end of 2018, we are planning to have a total of 14 Airbus A220-300 aircraft in our fleet therefore even more passengers will have the possibility to fly on the most modern aircraft,” adds Gauss.
On May 28, 2018, airBaltic announced a firm purchase agreement for the sale and purchase of 30 Airbus A220-300 aircraft with options for an additional 30 aircraft of the same type. The order complements the existing order of 20 A220-300 aircraft and forms the backbone of the new airBaltic’s business plan Destination 2025 that builds on the successful progress of the current airline’s business plan Horizon 2021, which has laid the groundwork for future expansion.
The Airbus A220-300 offers excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and more. New aircraft is also much quieter – with 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 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. For summer 2018, airBaltic has introduced eight new destinations from Riga to Malaga, Lisbon, Split, Bordeaux, Gdansk, Almaty as well as Sochi and Kaliningrad. In addition, airBaltic launched a new direct route connecting Tallinn and London.