airBaltic to phase out its Boeing 737 fleet in 2019

posted on 20th February 2019 by Justin Burns
airBaltic to phase out its Boeing 737 fleet in 2019

Latvian airline airBaltic is to end its Boeing 737 fleet operations in autumn 2019 by phasing out its final eight of the variant – one year ahead of the original plan.

The carrier said it aims to minimise complexity and benefit from the additional efficiency of the Airbus A220-300 aircraft which will be the only aircraft operated.

In late 2018, airBaltic phased out three of its Boeing 737-500 aircraft. Currently the airline still operates six Boeing 737-300 and two Boeing 737-500 aircraft.

Chief executive officer, Martin Gauss said: “Airbus A220-300 is the aircraft of our future and, by phasing out the Boeing 737, we will have the youngest jet fleet in Europe. The introduction of Airbus A220-300 has been very successful and provided the additional efficiency any airline is seeking in the highly competitive aviation market.

“Thanks to the good overall performance we took a decision to introduce a single type fleet of up to 80 (50 firm order and 30 options) Airbus A220-300 aircraft by 2022.”

So far airBaltic has received 14 of its Airbus A220-300 orders and eight new aircraft will join this year. The airline said the Airbus A220-300 has performed beyond company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and staff.