airBaltic unveils Estonian plane

Latvian airline airBaltic said June 29 it was marking its role as the main regional airline in the Baltic states by completing paintwork on one of its Airbus A220-300 aircraft at Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport in the colors of the Estonian flag and giving it the name of the Estonian capital, Tallinn.

The stunt follows two similar publicity drives last year in Latvia which saw a plane given livery in the style of the Latvian flag and also saw planes being given the names of Latvian cities.

Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic said: “We see a very strong demand from the Estonian market and the number of passengers who travel with us continue to grow each month. [The] airBaltic team is honored to present a special gift to its Estonian passengers. Now we are bringing the name of Estonia across the world as the colors of the Estonian flag will proudly wave above our heads high in the skies.”

15 painters worked for 1 000 hours to add the paint job using 250 liters of primer, paint and lacquer were used to cover the aircraft.

During the first five months of 2019 airBaltic has transported over 210 000 passengers to and from Estonia. The airline has carried 31% more passengers in Estonia to its network than during the same period last year and now offers a total of 12 direct services from Tallinn. As of June, airBaltic is basing two of its Airbus A220-300 in Tallinn.

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