airBaltic to Expand A220-300 Capacity with up to 149 Seats
Following certification for the Airbus A220-300 to operate with up to 149 seats, airBaltic’s fleet will undergo a gradual change to unblock additional seats that couldn’t previously be used. As of April 5, 2022, five of the carrier’s A220-300s have been reconfigured.
On Tuesday (April 5, 2022), airBaltic announced that they will reconfigure their Airbus A220-300 fleet to accommodate up to 149 passengers, following certification to operate with the expanded capacity. Until now, only 145 seats could be used, and the carrier will unblock the additional seats across their fleet of 33 aircraft by summer 2023. As of April 5, 2022, airBaltic has reconfigured the first five of their A220-300s to accommodate more customers. Due to a different seat configuration, airBaltic’s first 20 aircraft will have 148 seats available, while the next 12 will have 149. All aircraft delivered between 2022 and early 2024 will be configured with 148 seats.
In Tuesday’s announcement, airBaltic’s Chief Executive Officer, Martin Gauss, said,
“In late February we received our first airBaltic Airbus A220-300 aircraft which is certified to operate up to 149 seats. Until now we could use 145 seats on the aircraft, however, going forward also existing fleet will be adjusted to use the additional capacity, which will further drive efficiency of our operations.”
Established in 1995, Air Baltic Corporation SA (airBaltic) is a joint stock company with most of the equity (97.03%) held by the Latvian state and the remaining 2.97 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 33 Airbus A220-300s.