All of airBaltic’s As airBaltic received its 14th Airbus A220-300 aircraft last weekend, names of all 14 most beloved Latvian cities have now been painted on the aircraft. To honor the Centenary of Latvia, airBaltic wants to raise Latvia’s international profile even more by naming 14 of its Airbus A220-300 after the most beloved cities of Latvia.
Martin Gauss, airBaltic CEO: “As the leading export brand of Latvia, we are investing to promote the name of Latvia across the globe. As more of our aircraft were named in honor of different Latvian cities, in November airBaltic passengers were able to read short articles about each of them also in our inflight magazine Baltic Outlook.”
Overall, more than 98 000 votes were received. With 9 183 votes, Cēsis finished first, followed by Alūksne, Valmiera, Kuldīga and Smiltene. Ogre, Līvāni, Bauska, Gulbene, Rīga, Jelgava, Liepāja, Jūrmala and Sigulda also made the Top 14.
The Airbus A220-300 offers excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and more. New aircraft is also much quieter – with four times smaller noise footprint. Moreover, at the moment, it is the greenest commercial aircraft in the world, as it is the first aircraft to have a transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, helping to reduce CO2 and NOX emissions by 20% and 50% respectively.
airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. For summer 2019, airBaltic has introduced three new destinations from Tallinn to Malaga, Brussels and Copenhagen. In addition, next summer airBaltic will launch a new direct route from Riga to Stuttgart and Lviv.
airBaltic in brief:
airBaltic (AIR BALTIC CORPORATION) is the world’s most punctual airline connecting the Baltic region with 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS. airBaltic is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 80.05% of the stock, while Lars Thuesen holds around 20% through his fully-owned Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA. The airBaltic fleet consists of 34 aircraft – 14 Airbus A220-300s, 8 Boeing 737s and 12 Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. airBaltic has received numerous international awards for excellence, innovative services, and achievements in reshaping its business. In 2017, the airline received the CAPA Regional Airline of the Year awards, while in 2018 airBaltic received the ATW Airline Industry Achievement Award as the Market Leader of the Year. airBaltic achieved the best on-time performance globally in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.