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airBaltic to Recruit Crew in Estonia

The Latvian airline airBaltic hosted its “open door” initiative in Estonia for young professionals seeking to become part of the carrier’s development under Horizon 2021 business plan. Daiga Ergle, SVP Human Resources of airBaltic: “airBaltic has started a very exciting year - we have at least 12 new destinations on our route map for better connectivity in the whole...

airBaltic to launch Riga – Abu Dhabi service

The Latvian airline airBaltic in cooperation with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will launch a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi on October 29, 2017. airBaltic will operate the Riga – Abu Dhabi route 4 times weekly with a long-range Bombardier CS300 aircraft. Etihad Airways will be its codeshare partner on the route. Martin Gauss, C...

airBaltic Passengers Up + 18%

In January 2017, the Latvian airline airBaltic carried 187 996 passengers or +18% more than in the same period of 2016 throughout its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. In January the airline operated 3 463 flights, or +14% more than in the same period of 2016, when airBaltic operated 3 032 flights. The airline’s load factor, which represents th...

airBaltic to Launch Riga – Kazan

The Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new route between Riga and Kazan, Russia on April 26, 2017. The new route will offer convenient travel options for travellers from the Baltics and Russia. Wolfgang Reuss, SVP of Network Management of airBaltic: “We are delighted to open Kazan – it will add to our excellent Moscow and St. Petersburg services in Russia. The new route will st...

Flight Consulting Group and Insat-Aero celebrate fifteenth anniversary of collaboration

2016 is marked by an event important for Flight Consulting Group (FCG) and INSAT-AERO: they celebrate the anniversary of their collaboration. Exactly 15 years ago, INSAT-AERO and Flight Consulting Group entered into their first business agreement. So, Flight Consulting Group got a new, and, importantly, loyal customer ― the air fleet controlled by INSAT-AERO was transferred to Flight Consulting Gr...

airBaltic Accelerates Growth in 2017

The Latvian airline airBaltic achieved +10% passenger growth in 2016, and is set to accelerate its growth with +16% of additional tickets or seats on sale in 2017 throughout its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic Martin Gauss: “We are proud that 2016 was a successful year for airBaltic and we are off to a v...

AirBaltic: CS300 performance ‘exceeding expectations’

Latvian carrier airBaltic reported its Bombardier CS300 operation performance is exceeding expectations since launching scheduled flights in December. The CS300 launch customer took delivery of the aircraft Nov. 28, 2016, and launched its first flight from Riga to Amsterdam Dec. 14. It received its second CS300 Dec. 31. The two aircraft have completed more than 100 flights and flown o...

airBaltic Receives the Second CS300 Aircraft

The Latvian airline airBaltic has received the second of its 20 Bombardier CS300 jets on firm order. The modernized fleet will ensure growth of the carrier with at least 10 additional routes and 16% more tickets on sale in 2017.   The second CS300 aircraft, registered as YL-CSB, departed from Montreal Mirabel shortly before midnight local time on the last day of 2016 and arrived in Riga in...

airBaltic Brings Record Passenger

The Latvian airline airBaltic brought the record passenger to Riga airport this year – Ms Airi Noor, an Estonian travelling from Tallinn to Riga. Ms Noor was number 5 390 000th customer serviced at Riga International Airport this year. The addition of brand new and larger CS300 jets to airBaltic fleet means that the carrier can offer 16% more tickets in 2017, as the number of available se...

Bombardier CS300 Aircraft Successfully Starts Revenue Service with airBaltic

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft congratulated launch operator airBaltic on the superb execution of the CS300 aircraft’s first commercial flight. With 120 passengers aboard, including local media, the flight departed Riga and landed in Amsterdam. airBaltic is operating the CS300 aircraft in a 145-seat, two-class configuration. The airline has ordered a total of 20 CS300 aircraft. “air...

SmartLynx Airlines – second largest passenger air carrier in Latvia

Based on the aggregated financial data for 2015, with a net turnover of EUR 84.5 million, which is a 9.3% increase over 2014, Latvian charter airline SmartLynx Airline is the second among passenger air carriers and third among all passenger carriers in Latvia. The company’s profit last year was EUR2.86 million. Consolidated financial data show that the company’s turno...

airBaltic Announces World Debut of CS300

The Latvian airline airBaltic will start Bombardier CS300 commercial operations on December 14, 2016 on its route linking Riga with Amsterdam. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “CS300 is a great aircraft, and a great improvement for our customers this Christmas. We are delighted to announce that the historic first airBaltic commercial flight with Bombardier CS300 will li...