airBaltic receives 43rd Airbus A220-300 aircraft

An airBaltic A220 is marshalled to the parking bay.
Photo Credit: airBaltic
Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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On Saturday September 2, the Latvian national airline, airBaltic, celebrated the arrival of its 43rd Airbus A220-300 jet, bearing the registration YL-ABR, in Riga.

This arrival has marked the fourth delivery of an Airbus A220-300 to airBaltic in the year 2023 alone. However, the story of airBaltic’s Airbus A220-300 journey doesn’t stop there; in fact, it’s just the beginning.

Fleet expansion ongoing

airBaltic has ambitious plans for its ongoing fleet expansion. The Baltic airline has placed an order for a staggering 50 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, underscoring its continued trust in the narrowbody airliner.

What’s more, airBaltic holds an additional 30 options and purchase rights for the same aircraft type, indicating their readiness to expand even further. But what has driven this airline to invest so heavily in the Airbus A220-300?

Close-up of the nose of an airBaltic A220 aircraft.
Photo Credit: airBaltic


A game-changer

The Airbus A220-300 has proven to be a game-changer for airBaltic. With a track record of nearly 13 million passengers transported on these aircraft and an impressive tally of almost 143,000 flights, covering over 311,000 block hours, it’s clear that the airline’s investment is paying off.

Since May 2020, airBaltic has chosen to operate all its flights exclusively with the Airbus A220-300, a strategic decision that has streamlined their operations and boosted efficiency.

By opting for a single aircraft type, the airline has minimized complexity, resulting in a smoother and more cost-effective operation.

For passengers, the Airbus A220-300 offers an exceptional flying experience. With wider seats, larger windows, and more cabin space for hand luggage, passengers can enjoy both comfort and convenience.

Improved lavatories and various other amenities contribute to an overall enhanced travel experience.

An airBaltic Airbus A220 on the taxiway.
Photo Credit: airBaltic

Breathing Easy

One crucial aspect of air travel, especially in recent times, is air quality within the cabin. The Airbus A220-300 excels in this regard, boasting a high-quality air filtering system equipped with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter.

This system ensures the best possible filtration for recirculated cabin air from the moment passengers board until they disembark.

The cabin air quality is carefully controlled, with air circulation rates of 20-30 times per hour, creating a clean and safe environment for passengers and crew alike.

A Quieter Journey

Noise pollution is a concern for both passengers and the environment. The Airbus A220-300 addresses this issue with a significantly smaller noise footprint, making it a more pleasant experience for travelers and reducing the impact on communities near airports.

In an era where environmental concerns are paramount, the Airbus A220-300 takes the lead as the world’s greenest commercial aircraft. It proudly presents a transparent declaration of its life-cycle environmental impact.

By doing so, it contributes to a reduction in CO2 emissions by 20% and a 50% decrease in NOX emissions, setting a new standard for eco-friendly aviation.

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