Air Baltic has unveiled a special Airbus A220 livery featuring the Latvian flag, to celebrate the centenary of the country.
The red and white scheme on one of the carrier’s A220-300 aircraft is accompanied by the word Riga, the capital of Latvia.
The Republic of Latvia was established in November 1918 when it declared independence from Russia.
The livery was created by 15 painters and took a total of 1,000 hours to complete, using 250 litres of tint, paint and lacquer.
Commenting on the news Raimonds Vējonis, President of the Republic of Latvia said:
“As a patron of Latvia’s centenary celebration, I am twice as pleased to receive this gift, because every gift to our country on its anniversary is a gift to each of us.
The red-and-white flag is our sanctity and our symbol. This is a proof of the determination of our people to fight and safeguard our freedom. Thanks to Air Baltic for this gift, which will allow us to look in the sky with pride!”
Air Baltic was the launch customer of the A220-300 (previously known as the Bombardier CS300 prior to Airbus taking a majority stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership).
The carrier has 50 firm orders for the aircraft, with options for a further 30, and 13 already in service.