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airBaltic Takes Delivery of 40th Airbus A220-300, Announces Partnership With Song and Dance Festival
In a special ceremony in Riga, Latvia today, airBaltic presented their 40th Airbus A220-300 (registration YL-ABN), the second of the carrier’s aircraft featuring a special Latvian flag livery. airBaltic has also become the official airline sponsor of the Latvian Song & Dance Festival.
On Monday (April 17, 2023), airBaltic announced the delivery of their 40th Airbus A220-300 aircraft. At a special ceremony in Riga, Latvia today, the airline presented their newest aircraft (registration YL-ABN), which is the carrier’s second aircraft featuring a special Latvian flag livery. The aircraft is the first to be delivered to airBaltic in 2023, and the carrier expects to take delivery of an additional seven A220-300s by the end of the year. As part of the special event, which was attended by around 500 guests, airBaltic further announced that the carrier will be the official airline of the XXVII Nationwide Latvian Song and XVII Dance Festival. This summer, the Song and Dance Festival will take place from June 30th through July 9, 2023, highlighting the 150th anniversary of the tradition. The festival will include over 60 events and concerts at many locations and venues in Riga. To learn more about the event, please click here.
In Monday’s announcement, airBaltic’s President and CEO, Martin Gauss, said,
“This is a special day for airBaltic and the country, and we are proud that for more than 27 years already, we have had the opportunity to carry Latvia’s name in the world. Moreover – to do it with one of the most advanced aircraft, which is the core of our airline’s operations. At the same time, being aware of the high significance of the Song and Dance Festival for each Latvian and the whole nation, we are honored to be able to provide our contribution to this occasion. We will ensure that wherever our planes fly as many people as possible will learn about the festival in which airBaltic employees will be participating as singers, dancers, musicians, and volunteers.”
Also commenting on the aircraft delivery, Airbus Canada’s President and CEO, Benoît Schultz, said,
“Following a successful unveiling last month, our team is proud to have delivered airBaltic’s 40th A220-300. Each A220 aircraft is unique, but this one is particularly special. Not only does it honour the colours of the Latvian flag, but it also represents airBaltic's continued trust towards the A220. As the world’s smallest single-aisle carbon footprint, the A220 has largely contributed to sustainably expanding the airline's network, thus contributing to its efficiency and decarbonisation targets.”
Established in 1995, Air Baltic Corporation SA (airBaltic) is a joint stock company with most of the equity (97.96%) held by the Latvian state and the remaining 2.04 percent held by other shareholders. The airline Group also includes Air Baltic Training SIA, Loyalty Services SIA, Baltijas Kravu Centrs SIA and Crew Resources AS. One of the most punctual carriers in the world, the airline connects the Baltic region to over 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS with a fleet of 40 Airbus A220-300s. airBaltic employs around 2,300 team members.