Baltia Air Lines looking for Freeloaders

2 Dec 2009 by Mark Caswell

US start-up carrier Baltia Air Lines is planning to launch flights between New York and St Petersburg, complete with a loyalty programme going under the name of Freeloaders.

Baltia has recently taken delivery of its first Boeing 747 aircraft, and while no specific date has been set for the launch of flights, the carrier says it has received approval from the US Department of Transportation.

The airline plans to launch a three-class service (economy, business and first) from New York JFK to St Petersburg, which would make it the only scheduled carrier to ply the transatlantic route.

Baltia says that its goal is to “become the leading US airline in the transatlantic market between the major US cities and capital cities of Eastern Europe, including Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, and Belarus”.

The carrier has also released details of its frequent flyer programme, Freeloaders, which will offer member benefits such as the ability to pre-pay for flights at a discount of up to 20 per cent. A round trip off-peak business class trip between New York and St Petersburg will earn members 15,000 miles, with redemptions starting from 50,000 miles in economy on the same route.

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