RIGA - On December 3, 2019 Latvian airline airBaltic welcomed the Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia, partners, local and international media representatives to present the Airbus A220 highest standard full flight simulator in airBaltic Training facilities next to the Riga International Airport. This is the first new full flight simulator ever purchased by a Latvian company and the newest such simulator in the world.
Tālis Linkaits, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia: “I am happy to see our national airline keeping up with the times by investing wisely in the areas that ensure development and growth of the company. The new Airbus A220 simulator is not only state-of-the-art training technology for our pilots, it is also the airline’s contribution to cleaner environment as well as passenger safety, mobility and convenience.”
Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “We will be introducing a single fleet type of up to 80 Airbus A220-300 aircraft and it means that in the upcoming years we will train hundreds of our existing and future pilots. We are truly delighted that now we have a state-of-the-art full flight simulator located right next to our headquarters, making the studying process for our pilots more efficient and accessible. This is also a great opportunity for further development of our airBaltic Training facilities as such advanced simulator opens various opportunities.”
airBaltic now has a fully equipped simulator which has been qualified in accordance with latest EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) issue 2 requirements, including best precision navigation PBN (performance-based navigation) and UPRT (upset prevention and recovery training) capabilities. It is equipped with 60” Stroke Electric Motion System as well as the most modern visual system, consisting of four-megapixel LED Projector systems and dual head-up displays. The CAE7000XR Series FFS, equipped with the CAE Tropos™ 6000XR visual system for unprecedented realism, will serve the growing pilot training needs of airBaltic Training. airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.
airBaltic in brief:
airBaltic (AIR BALTIC CORPORATION) is the most punctual airline in Europe connecting the Baltic region with over 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS. airBaltic is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 80.05% of the stock, while Lars Thuesen holds around 20% through his fully-owned Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA. The airBaltic fleet consists of 36 aircraft – 20 Airbus A220-300s, 4 Boeing 737s and 12 Bombardier Q400Next Gen aircraft. airBaltic has received numerous international awards for excellence and innovative services. In 2017, the airline received the CAPA Regional Airline of the Year award, while in 2018 airBaltic received the ATW Airline Industry Achievement Award as the Market Leader of the Year. airBaltic achieved the best on-time performance globally in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
airBalticTraining, a subsidiary of airBaltic, is a training facility offering a wide range of aviation training services in its modern and purpose-built training center in Riga, Latvia. It was established in 2010 and since then each year provides training to approximately 3000 professionals from across the world – more than 1 500 pilots, almost 1 000 cabin crew members and several hundred of ground handlers, cargo agents, security personnel and others.