Latvian airline airBaltic has been recognised on postage stamps issued by Latvijas Pasts (Latvian Post) in a limited collection featuring the airline’s state-of-the-art Bombardier fleet.
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer at airBaltic, “Our airBaltic ReShape business turnaround has been a success story. One of its cornerstones is airBaltic fleet modernisation programme – and our passengers benefit from it immediately, as they board our brand new, state-of-the-art Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops, and soon also our Bombardier CS300 jets. We are delighted that our business is recognised also on postage stamps.”
Arnis Salnājs, Chairman of the Board at Latvijas Pasts, “Our philatelic commission decided to create its first-ever series of postage stamps dedicated to aviation considering the major developments in the industry in the region, lead by airBaltic.”
Kevin Clarke, European Sales Director at BombardierCommercial Aircraft: “Our BombardierCSeries jetliner is a game changing aircraft that will soon join airBaltic’sBombardierQ400 NextGen fleet. As the pioneering airline to operate this perfect fleet pairing for use in urban operations, important partner and it is fitting that the airBaltic is an world’s first official postage stamps featuring both the CSeries and Q400 NextGen aircraft are issued in Latvia.”
The collection consists of three stamps featuring the Bombardier Q400 Next Gen turboprop and Bombardier CS300, issued in a limited print run of 40000 copies. The artist Ģirts Grīva is the author of the series.
airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via North Hub Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East.
airBaltic in brief:
AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) is a joint stock company established in 1995. The primary shareholder is Latvian state with 99.8% of stock. The airBaltic fleet consists of 25 aircraft – five Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300 and twelve Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic offers nonstop flights from three Baltic capital cities: Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn. airBaltic was named Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) by the European Regions Airline Association. airBaltic is the winner of Air Transport World Phoenix Award 2010 – a global recognition of excellence in restructuring business. airBaltic won a special Pacesetter Award 2010 from the Jury of the Budgies World Low Cost Airline Awards, recognising the achievements of airBaltic as a hybrid airline. In 2012, airBaltic was ranked by Airlinetrends to be among the Top 10 airlines globally for innovation.