Latvian airline airBaltic announces that it will end its Boeing 737 fleet operations in autumn 2019, one year ahead of the original plan.
The airline will be replacing the 737s with its newly acquiring Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which will be the only jet type operated by airBaltic.
“Airbus A220-300 is the aircraft of our future and, by phasing out the Boeing 737, we will have the youngest jet fleet in Europe.” said the Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic:
The airline decided to introduce a single type fleet of up to 80 (50 firm order and 30 options) Airbus A220-300 aircraft by 2022. according CEO.
So far airBaltic has received 14 of its Airbus A220-300 orders and eight new aircraft will join this year.
In late 2018, airBaltic phased out three of its Boeing 737-500 aircraft. Currently the airline still operates six Boeing 737-300 and two Boeing 737-500 jets.
airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius.