AirBaltic, you’ve probably heard of the airline but you most likely have no idea what country it’s the flag carrier of. It’s an airline of neon green and that of a country that invented denim jeans, it’s also an airline that was severely impacted by the virus and briefly had to suspend all of their operations. So what have they been up to?
AirBaltic is actually not a bad airline, it is ranked 4/10 by customers on SkyTrax only being beat by world-class airlines like North Korea’s Air Koryo (6/10). With all of it’s raving reviews and the virus situation the airline has decided to retire it’s oldest aircraft. These aircraft include 3 737-300’s which are approaching their 21st birthday as well as their 12 Bombardier Dash 8 400’s, the oldest being 10 years old and the youngest only 6. So what’s the plan for Air Baltic?
Well, with the expectation that the aviation industry isn’t going to pick up anytime soon the Lativation airline has placed all of the load on their 22 A220-300’s (with 30 options). The new fleet only has an average age of 1.9 years, easily outdoing the 20.7 average age of the 737-300, it also offers bigger windows, better toilets among other things. The question for AirBaltic is: will it have enough capacity for when the world gets back to normal? Will they use their options? And why did they retire a 6-year-old plane?
The airliner of choice for AirBaltic image credit