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airBaltic Receives First CS300 Aircraft of 2018

The Latvian airline airBaltic welcomed the eighth of its 20 Bombardier CS300 jets, registered as YL-CSH, in Riga on February 3. By the end of 2018, airBaltic plans to have a total of 14 CS300 aircraft on its fleet. This week airBaltic will exhibit one of its Bombardier CS300 aircraft at the largest aircraft exhibition in Asia – Singapore Airshow. Thus far, airBaltic has carried over 76...

Air Malta and airBaltic to Start Codeshare Flights

The Latvian airline airBaltic and the national airline of the Maltese Islands – Air Malta have concluded a cooperation agreement, known as code-share agreement. This partnership with Air Malta will enable airBaltic passengers to reach Malta every day via common gateways in Europe as well as additional destinations served from Malta. In turn this agreement will offer Air Malta passengers bett...

airBaltic to Recruit Over 100 Pilots in 2018

The Latvian airline airBaltic in February will host an airBaltic “Pilot Open Days” initiative in several cities, including Vilnius, Helsinki, Amsterdam and Stockholm. The initiative targets different types of pilots willing to become part of airBaltic flight crew. The airline is planning to recruit more than 100 pilots in 2018. Pauls Calitis, Senior Vice President Flight Operations...

5 Tips for Uniqe Experience in Abu Dhabi

The Latvian airline airBaltic in cooperation with Etihad Airways on October 29, 2017 launched a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi. airBaltic’s service to Abu Dhabi has been popular among travelers from Latvia as well as outside of it. The Latvian airline will continue to perform regular flights between the two cities also during the next winter season, with flights restarting on O...

airBaltic Serves Over 3.5 Million Passengers In 2017

The Latvian airline airBaltic in 2017 has transported a total of 3 523 300 passengers or 22% more than last year to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. It is the highest number of passengers carried in airline’s history. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “2017 was an outstanding year for airBaltic. We launched 13 new destinati...

airBaltic Carries 99% Transfer Passengers on Time in 2017

The Latvian airline airBaltic carried over 900 000 transfer passengers in 2017 out of whom only 1.08% lost their connection due to different circumstances, including delays caused by strikes in European airports and weather conditions. Laura Vecvanaga-Puķīte, Vice President Ground Operations and Customer Care: “We always strive to improve our service. In 2017, we launched the tail-to...

SmartLynx signs damp lease agreement with leisure airline Jet2.com

In December 2017 SmartLynx signed a long-term damp lease agreement for 2018 with British leisure airline Jet2.com Limited. According to the agreement between SmartLynx Airlines Ltd. and Jet2.com, SmartLynx will damp lease one aircraft Airbus A321 with Latvian Registration mark YL-LCV /MSN 2216 to Jet2.com from 15 May until 31 October 2018. The aircraft will operate from the base in Birming...

airBaltic Passengers Up +27% in December

Provisional data show that in December 2017, the Latvian airline airBaltic carried over 260 000 passengers or roughly 27% more than in the same period of 2016. This has been the biggest number of transported passengers in December in the airline’s history. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “2017 was a tremendous year for airBaltic – we opened 13 new dest...

Latvia orders additional Leonardo helicopters for State Border Guard

Two AW119Kx helicopters will join two AW109 Powers in 2019 to perform SAR, transport, firefighting and disaster relief missions  Contract also includes an option for an additional unit and aircrew/maintenance technician training services Orders for nearly 300 AW119s placed by over 120 customers in almost 40 nations to date​ Leonardo is pleased to announce that the St...

SmartLynx signs wet lease agreement with German leisure airline Condor

In December 2017 SmartLynx Airlines Ltd. signed a long-term wet lease agreement for 2018 with the German leisure airlines Condor Flugdienst GmbH. According to the agreement between SmartLynx and Condor, SmartLynx will wet lease to CONDOR an Airbus A321 with Latvian Registration mark YL-LCQ /MSN 2211 from 7 January to 31 March 2018. The aircraft will operate from the base in Munich Air...

Aviation in Eastern Europe – Lithuanian start-up surpasses Ryanair’s numbers

At first glance, aviation industry in Eastern Europe may seem quite miniscule, however over the past few years this sector in the region experienced a significant growth spurt with some companies from countries like Lithuania now competing with industry giants. Just in a few years, recently founded Lithuanian company AviationCV.com providing aviation personnel recruitment solutions became the bigg...

airBaltic Launches New Flights from London to Tallinn

The Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new direct service from London Gatwick Airport to Tallinn on March 27, 2018. The two weekly flights will offer convenient connections between the two cities. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “By improving air travel service between the Baltic capitals and European cities, airBaltic is reinforcing its position as the leading ai...