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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...

airBalticTraining Pilot Academy Opens Application Process

The Latvian airline airBaltic today, on December 11, 2017, opens application process for candidates to the airline’s newly established Pilot Academy at airBalticTraining. Persons selected will be the first class of students of the professional airline pilot training programme and will become airBaltic pilots upon completion of the programme in about two years from now. Martin Gauss, Chief...

airBaltic Flies to 5 Football Destinations in Russia

The Latvian airline airBaltic is going to serve five destinations in Russia next summer, offering travellers from across Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East convenient connections via Riga to the majority of football cities in Russia. Wolfgang Reuss, SVP of Network Management of airBaltic: “Offering flights to the biggest European cities and most notable Russian destinations, Riga ser...

airBaltic Celebrates One Year Anniversary of CS300 Operations

The Latvian airline airBaltic marks the one year anniversary since the first CS300 aircraft registered as YL-CSA arrived from Montreal-Mirabel in Riga. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “The introduction of CS300 has shaped the future of airBaltic. We see that more passengers choose to travel with us and since the introduction of CS300 we have committed to launching more...

airBaltic Serves over 3 Million Passengers During Ten Months of 2017

During the first ten months of 2017 the Latvian airline airBaltic has transported a total of 3 007 034 passengers to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. In October 2017, the Latvian airline airBaltic carried 319 018 passengers or 26% more than in the same period of 2016. For already the fifth month in a row it has been the biggest number of carried passengers...

SmartLynx starts cooperation with Wataniya Airways

In October 2017 SmartLynx Airlines Ltd. signed ACMI wet lease agreement with Kuwait National Airways K.S.C T/A Wataniya Airways. According to it SmartLynx leases to Wataniya Airways aircraft A320, MSN 1823 with Latvian Registration Mark YL-LCP. Aircraft will operate from the base in Kuwait Airport (KWI) starting from 5 November 2017 to destinations in the Middle East and Europe. Redeliv...

airBaltic launches new flights to Sochi and Kaliningrad

The Latvian airline airBaltic will launch two new routes from Riga to Sochi on May 14, 2018 and to Kaliningrad on April 16, 2018. Both routes will offer new travel options for travellers from the Baltics and Russia with convenient connections via Riga. Wolfgang Reuss, SVP of Network Management of airBaltic: “We are delighted to add Sochi and Kaliningrad to our route map next year, increas...

airBaltic launches direct flights between Riga and Abu Dhabi

The Latvian airline airBaltic in cooperation with the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Etihad Airways, yesterday, on October 29 launched a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi. The new route offers convenient connections to passengers travelling from the Baltics to the UAE capital and further to key destinations in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as new...