16.03.2021 - Transport and logistics

airBaltic receives Europe's Youngest Aircraft Fleet Award 2021

Latvian airline airBaltic has been recognized by the web-based service provider ch-aviation as the winner of Europe's Youngest Aircraft Fleet Award 2021. In the global top, airBaltic is ranked in 5th place with an average fleet age of 2.40 years.

The ch-aviation Youngest Aircraft Fleet Award recognises airline carriers worldwide for keeping their fleet young, modern and efficient. To acknowledge their accomplishments, ch-aviation has decided to award them with the recognition they deserve. To determine which airlines currently operate the youngest aircraft fleets, ch-aviation maintains an extensive aircraft fleet database consisting of more than 5 000 operators and more than 65 000 aircraft worldwide.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are proud to be recognized as the airline with the most modern aircraft fleet in Europe. Since May 2020 we operate all of our flights with a single aircraft type – Airbus A220-300, thus minimizing the complexity and benefiting from the additional efficiency provided by the aircraft. We see the Airbus A220-300 as one of our main competitive advantages from which we benefit today and also in the future. One of our Airbus aircraft can generate around 20 million euros in revenue per year if we can use it efficiently in the future. In the case of airBaltic that could mean a revenue close to 1 billion euros in the year 2025.”

Since the introduction of the Airbus A220-300 aircraft in late 2016, airBaltic has carried over 5 600 000 passengers on the aircraft. Thus far, most passengers have been carried to such destinations as Amsterdam, Paris, London and Moscow. Airbus A220-300’s have completed close to 60 000 flights and flown over 141 000 block hours.

“At ch-aviation, we find it very impressive how airBaltic has grown in the last couple of years. Updating its aircraft fleet from Boeing 737 Classics and Dash 8-Q400s to an entirely brand-new Airbus A220-300s is no easy task. Our data also clearly shows the speed at which airBaltic renewed its fleet, which should not go unnoticed. On behalf of ch-aviation, I congratulate airBaltic on its successful fleet rollover,” says Thomas Jaeger Founder, Owner and Chief Executive Officer of ch-aviation.

The Airbus A220-300 has performed beyond the company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and the staff. This aircraft offers an excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and much more.

The Airbus A220-300 has a high-quality air filtering system equipped with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) type filter that provides the best level of filtration currently available for recirculated cabin air from the very beginning of boarding, during the entire flight and until all passengers have left the aircraft. The quality of cabin air is carefully controlled and is recirculated with ventilation rates that provide a total change of air 20-30 times per hour.

Source: airbaltic.com

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