Latvian airline airBaltic on April 27 in Riga welcomed its 17th Airbus A220-300 jet of 2019, registered as YL-AAQ. This was the third Airbus A220-300 received this year, and five more new aircraft will have joined the airline’s fleet by the end of the year.
“Thus far, airBaltic has carried over 2,350,000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft with every second airBaltic passenger flying on the aircraft. Airbus A220-300’s have completed more than 23,700 flights and flown over 62,000 block hours,” the airline says.
Since the launch operations on December 14, 2016, airBaltic Airbus A220-300’s have been in more than 35 countries and landed in over 70 airports. 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 A220-300’s 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,” airBaltic adds.
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,” airBaltic representatives say.
As informed previously, airBaltic will end its Boeing 737 fleet operations in autumn, 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. (BNN/Business World Magazine)