airBaltic receives 20th Airbus A220-300 and completes original order

posted on 23rd September 2019 by William Hayes
airBaltic receives 20th Airbus A220-300 and completes original order

Latvian airline airBaltic has received its 20th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-AAT, thus finalising its original Airbus A220-300 order.

By the end of 2019, airBaltic plans to have a total of 22 Airbus A220-300 aircraft in its fleet, of which two will be from the additional order that was signed on May 28, 2018 for the purchase of 30 more A220-300 aircraft.

“The decision to order the aircraft in 2012 and then become the launch operator of the most modern jet aircraft the Airbus A220-300, was a successful one and we have benefited from it greatly,” said Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic.

“airBaltic is now on a stable growth path because we have made many important steps for our further development, and our fleet modernization has been one of them. In the future our fleet will consist only of Airbus A220-300 aircraft and will be one of our strengths and competitive advantages.”

So far airBaltic has carried over 3,750,000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft, with every second airBaltic passenger flying on the aircraft. Airbus A220-300’s have completed more than 37,000 flights and flown over 94,000 block hours.

The A220-300 is currently 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 said it aims to minimise complexity and benefit from the additional efficiency of the Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which will be the only jet type operated by airBaltic by the end of 2022.