2011.09.29 the shareholders of Latvian national airline AirBaltic agreed in their meeting to finalise technical details until October 4 for the injection of EUR 153 million in new capital financed by its two main shareholders, the Latvian government and Baltic Aviation Systems (BAS).
It was announced this Tuesday that the government of Latvia and BAS reached agreement and would jointly inject the capital into airBaltic. The Latvian government will secure EUR 81.9 million (LVL 57.6 million), while the private investor BAS will secure EUR 71.1 million (approximately LVL 50 million).
Today’s shareholder meeting has taken a formal pause and will continue on October 4 to finalize the capital increase, after the technical details are fully agreed by the shareholders.
AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. The primary shareholders are the Latvian state, with 52.6% of stock, and SIA Baltijas aviācijas sistēmas, with 47.2% of stock. The airBaltic fleet consists of 34 aircraft – six Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300, two Boeing 757-200, ten Fokker 50 airplanes and eight Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic offers nonstop flights from three Baltic capital cities – Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn. airBaltic received the title of Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) from the European Regions Airline Association. airBaltic is the winner of Air Transport World Phoenix Award 2010 – a global recognition of excellence in restructuring business. In summer 2010, airBaltic was chosen for anna.aero ANNIES Award as Europe's largest flag carrier by new routes. airBaltic won a special Pacesetter Award 2010 from the Jury of the Budgies World Low Cost Airline Awards, recognising achievements of airBaltic as a hybrid airline.