NEW TORK - On November 26, 2019 the CEO of Latvian airline airBaltic Martin Gauss participated in a live interview on USA television channel CNN. International business correspondent and host Richard Austin Quest and airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss on CNN broadcast Quest Means Business discussed the fleet modernization with A220-300, commitment to reduce the CO 2 footprint, future plans and development.
As informed previously, at the moment airBaltic has 20 A220-300 aircraft. By the end of 2019, airBaltic plans to have a total of 22 Airbus A220-300 aircraft in its fleet of which two will be already from the additional order that was signed on May 28, 2018 for purchase of 30 Airbus A220-300 aircraft with options for an additional 30 aircraft of the same type.
Thus far, airBaltic has carried over 4 000 000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft with every second airBaltic passenger flying on the aircraft. Airbus A220-300’s have completed more than 40 000 flights and flown over 100 000 block hours.
The Airbus A220-300 has performed beyond the company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and staff. This aircraft offers an excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and much more.
The new aircraft is also considerably quieter – with a four times smaller noise footprint. Moreover, at the moment it is the greenest commercial aircraft in the world, as it is the first aircraft to have a transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, helping to reduce CO 2 and NO X emissions by 20% and 50% respectively.
As informed previously, airBaltic aims to minimize complexity and benefit from the additional efficiency of the Airbus A220-300 aircraft which will be the only jet type operated by airBaltic by the end of 2022.