airBaltic Boeings to be phased out a year early

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Latvian airline airBaltic announce February 20 that it will end its Boeing 737 fleet operations in autumn 2019, one year ahead of the original plan.

From then, the Airbus A220-300 aircraft which will be the only jet type operated by airBaltic.

CEO Martin Gauss explained the move, saying: “Airbus A220-300 is the aircraft of our future and, by phasing out the Boeing 737, we will have the youngest jet fleet in Europe.”

So far airBaltic has received 14 of its Airbus A220-300 orders and eight new aircraft will join this year. The company said the planes had "performed beyond [the] company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and staff."

Currently the airline still operates six Boeing 737-300 and two Boeing 737-500 jets. 

Likewise airBaltic said February 20 that it carried 29% more passengers in Estonia in January on year.

The airline said it carried 35,000 passengers on direct flights from the Estonian capital in January this year. Over the course of the month, the airline carried a total of 260,383 passengers across its flight network, which is 12 percent more than in the same period the year before.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius and is 80% owned by the Latvian state.

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