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An airBaltic Airbus A220 on approach into Amsterdam. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

AirBaltic Among Many European Carriers to Suspend Flights to Minsk

AirBaltic – Latvia’s national flag carrier – is among the latest carriers in Europe to suspend its flights to Minsk after the recent international political incident involving Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair. One of the low-cost airline's planes was forced to divert and one of its passengers, who was a Belarusian opposition journalist and political activist, was escorted off the aircraft.  As a result, the European Union (EU)  has ordered all carriers to avoid flying over Belarusian airspace, mounting intense pressure…

Lufthansa Signs New Codeshare Agreement with airBaltic

Lufthansa is one of the largest operators in the world with different network airlines under the same group and destinations all over Europe, America, Asia and Africa. However, the carrier is continuously looking for new opportunities in the market and for new ways to grow. In that trend, Lufthansa has…

airBaltic Defers Airbus A220 Deliveries

Latvian airline airBaltic announced on Thursday that they had agreed with Airbus to take delivery of 28 A220-300s by early 2024. In mid-April, the airline's outstanding Airbus A220 orders were postponed to 2023. With the new agreement, airBaltic gained an extra year to implement its fleet plans in the wake…

At a Glance: European Airlines Response to COVID-19

As the effects of the global pandemic take full effect across the world, the bosses of major airlines across Europe have begun to announce what measures they will take to help protect their airlines for future operations. Some have decided to defer orders, others have decided to expedite the retirements…

Air Baltic Looks Toward Significant Expansion Plans

As part of its ongoing expansion plan, Air Baltic has announced 13 new routes in 2020, from the capitals of the three Baltic States of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. New services include Gothenburg, Hamburg and Zurich from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius as first reported by Simple Flying. Martin Gauss, Air…

Air Baltic Unveils State-of-the-Art Airbus A220 Simulator for Pilot Training

Air Baltic on Tuesday unveiled the newest addition to its fleet, an Airbus A220 simulator. Installed at the airline’s training center in Riga, Latvia, the full-motion simulator features the latest simulator technology that will aid Air Baltic’s pilots when training on the type. [caption id="attachment_38430" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Air Baltic's new…

Air Baltic Announces Order for Additional Bombardier CS300s

Latvia-based Air Baltic has announced that it has signed for 30 additional Bombardier CSeries aircraft and has also acquired options for 30 more. The total value of the order was placed at about $2.9 billion, based on list price. With an order of 20 CS300s already placed and eight CS300s…