airBaltic is celebrating the delivery of its 40th Airbus A220 aircraft with a special livery.
The aircraft, YL-ABN (msn 55215), is an Airbus A220-300 and will be delivered to the airline in April. It is expected a ceremony will be held to mark its arrival in Riga.
It was unveiled at Montreal, where the aircraft is manufactured, in a ceremony to mark the milestone delivery.
airBaltic has become one of the largest operators of the Airbus A220 (formerly the Bombardier CSeries) aircraft, and has recently transitioned into an all-A220 operator having retired its older Boeing 737 and de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Q400 fleets.
Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic: “More than six years ago, airBaltic became the global launch operator of the A220-300 aircraft. Over the years, the aircraft type has grown to be the backbone of our operations, and we continue to be a proud ambassador of it. These years have shown a great collaboration and friendship between us as the national airline of Latvia and our partners in Canada, therefore we are glad to be here today, celebrating this aircraft and all the work we have done together. It is an incredible pride and honour to have this aircraft be a part of our growing fleet of A220-300s.”
Rob Dewar, Senior Vice President, Customer Satisfaction, Services, and A220 Product Policy at Airbus Canada: “The unveiling of airBaltic’s 40th A220-300, which will be proudly flying in the colours of the Latvian flag, is an important moment for us all at Airbus Canada. This aircraft symbolises a long-standing collaboration and continued partnership with airBaltic as we are pursuing our shared journey to bring passengers the most sustainable and comfortable flying experience. The A220 has reached over 1 million flight hours and connected more than 70 million passengers thus far.”
The airline also flies another Airbus A220 in a Latvian flag livery. YL-CSL’s scheme is to mark Latvia’s 100th anniversary.
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