AirBaltic confirmed a additional order for 30 Airbus A220-300s (ex-Bombardier CSeries), at the opening of the Dubai Air Show.
This new order brings airBaltic’s firm order book to 80 A220-300s. The Latvian airline already operates a fleet of 44 A220-300s, making it the largest operator of A220-300s in the world.
airBaltic’s history with the Airbus A220-300 dates back to 2016, where it became the launch airline, and in 2020 it refreshed its fleet to only operate this aircraft type. “ Today marks an important milestone in the history of airBaltic, our plan to operate for the first time a fleet of 100 aircraft by 2030. For almost seven years now, the Airbus A220-300 has been the the backbone of our operations and plays a vital role in airBaltic’s international success », declared Martin Gauss, Chairman and CEO of airBaltic, in Dubai.
The A220-300 can carry between 120 and 150 passengers on flights up to 3,450 nautical miles (6,390 km). Delivering 25% lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per seat compared to previous generation regional aircraft, the A220 also features the widest cabin, seats and windows in its class, ensuring “ superior comfort ”, according to Airbus. Like all modern aircraft produced by the European aircraft manufacturer, it can already operate with up to 50% sustainable aviation fuel (CAD or SAF in English).
As of the end of October, Airbus had received nearly 820 orders from around 30 customers for the A220, of which more than 295 have been delivered, including 50 deliveries to date for 2023. The A220 is already in service with 17 airlines worldwide operating on more than 1,350 routes.