The Latvian national airline airBaltic announces a unique opportunity to provide transportation of the Stanley Cup – the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff champion.
It was carried from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto to Riga and afterwards to Tampere, as a part of the 2023 NHL Hockey Day in Finland.
airBaltic operated flights from Frankfurt to Riga and from Riga to Tallinn.
Pauls Cālītis, Chief Operations Officer at airBaltic: “Ice hockey is widely popular in Latvia, and the Latvian hockey fans are definitely world-famous.
“Therefore, we are especially honoured to be a significant part of this historic trip to the Baltic States, ensuring smooth and safe flight experience for the trophy and its keepers.
“Moreover, its final destination is Tampere, the base city of airBaltic, which together with Riga will host the 2023 International Ice Hockey World Championship in May.
“Thus, we expect many hockey fans to travel between the two cities, and airBaltic is looking forward to provide a convenient flight schedule.”
The Stanley Cup is a trophy awarded to the winner of the world’s professional ice hockey championship, an annual play-off that culminates the season of the NHL.
The Stanley Cup was first awarded in the 1892–93 season and is the oldest trophy that can be won by professional athletes in North America.
The cup’s donor was a governor-general of Canada, Frederick Arthur, Lord Stanley of Preston, for whom it is named. The cup became the sole property of the NHL in 1926.