Fact sheet: airBaltic as Equal Opportunities Employer

Latvian national airline airBaltic has 610 female employees comprising 45% from the total number of employees. airBaltic currently employs 1443 professionals. The staff of the airline represents almost 30 nations.

Women are represented in all of the company’s departments and in all roles, including airline operations which has traditionally been a male-dominated environment. Laila Odiņa, Chief Operations Officer of airBaltic, is the only female airline COO in Europe and one of only three in the world, according to AirlineLeader survey in December 2010.

The highest percentage of women at airBaltic represent Cabin crew – out of 417 cabin attendants 80% are female. The second highest female-to-male ratio is in the Commercial department, where women are 64% out of 126-strong team.

Female pilots are 3% or 9 out of 291 pilots in total. Two of them are captains.

In technical department, there are 14 women out of 204 employees in total, or 6,8%. Among them – 4 engineers, including 2 Boeing 737 Type engineers.

airBaltic has been recognized as Top Employer in Latvia in a nationwide survey by the career and recruitment consultancy Workinday Latvia.

airBaltic serves 80 destinations from its home base at Riga, Latvia. From every one of these, 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 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.

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