Air Baltic has now carried ten million passengers on its fleet of Airbus A220-300s, with the aircraft having completed more than 114,000 flights.

The Latvian carrier was the launch customer for the A220-300 back in 2016, when it was previously known as the Bombardier CS300.

The Bombardier C Series was renamed as the A220 Family in 2018, when Airbus took a majority stake in its C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership.

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Air Baltic is currently the largest operator of the A220-300, with 36 of the aircraft in its fleet, and plans to increase this to 50 by early 2024. The airline also has a further 30 options and purchase rights for the aircraft.

Air Baltic recently retired its fleet of Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft, having made the decision to become an all-A220 carrier shortly after the onset of Covid-19.

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Commenting on the news Martin Gauss, president and CEO of Air Baltic, said:

“I am delighted, together with our partners and passengers, to record and celebrate such an important milestone in the history of our company and fleet. Since we became the first airline in the world to start commercial operations with Airbus A220-300, formerly known as Bombardier CS300, we have benefited greatly from the flying experience, ensured by this aircraft.

“During the last six years, [the] A220 definitely has become the backbone and business card of the airline’s operations, valued and appreciated by our team and customers. Since May 2020, all of Air Baltic’s flights have been operated by a single type fleet, thus significantly improving many areas of our business.”