Latvian airline airBaltic on May 18, 2019 in Riga welcomed its 18th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-AAR.
This was the fourth Airbus A220-300 received this year and four more new aircraft will join the airline’s fleet by the end of the year.
Thus far, airBaltic has carried over 2.6 million passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft with every second airBaltic passenger flying on the aircraft. Air Baltic Airbus A220-300s have now completed more than 27,000 flights and flown over 69,000 block hours since the airline launched operations with the aircraft on December 14, 2016, flying in more than 35 countries and landing in over 70 airports.
A statement from the airline said: “Due to arrival of new Airbus A200-300 aircraft, a growing number of destinations are served by it. The latest destination where airBaltic flies its Airbus A220-300s is Prague.
“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 will end its Boeing 737 fleet operations in autumn 2019, one year ahead of the original plan. The airline 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.”