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airBalticTraining Orders Four Diamond Aircraft

airBalticTraining has ordered three single-engine DA40 NG training aircraft and one twin-engine DA42-VI training aircraft from Diamond Aircraft for the airline’s newly established Pilot Academy at airBalticTraining with the option of adding another eleven planes from Diamond. In addition, airBalticTraining has also ordered a DSIM flight training simulator. Deliveries of the aircraft are expe...

High-tech solutions used in airborne inspection of Latvian power grids

In this age of new technologies, all industries are trying to implement innovative solutions to make their daily operations easier and more efficient. As is the Latvian transmission systems operator Augstsprieguma tīkls AS (AST), which has ordered the first-ever innovative power line inspection and data management in order to identify structures and objects that threaten power grids and could lead...

airBaltic Starts 2018 with Strong Passenger Growth in January

The Latvian airline airBaltic in January 2018 has transported 233 334 passengers or 24% more than last year to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. In addition, this is the record number of carried passengers in January in the history of the airline. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are excited to start the year with great...

airBaltic Receives the Market Leader Award by ATW

The Latvian airline airBaltic has received the 2018 ATW Airline Industry Achievement Award as the Market Leader of the Year. ATW 44th annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards are the most coveted honour an airline or individual can receive to recognize excellence in the air transport industry. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “2017 was a record year for airBaltic and...

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...