airBaltic to Wet-Lease Four Airbus A320s to meet Summer 2023 Demand
airBaltic will wet-lease four Airbus A320-232s from ACMI and charter operator Avion Express for summer 2023 to meet increasing demand. Two will operate out of Riga, and one each will be based at Vilnius and Tallinn.
On Monday (March 6, 2023), airBaltic announced that they will wet-lease four additional aircraft from ACMI and charter operator Avion Express on a short-term basis. The four 180-seat Airbus A320-232s will add supplemental capacity to the airline’s all Airbus A220-300 fleet. Two of the A320s will operate out of airBaltic’s Riga base from March 26th through October 28th, while the other two will operate out of Vilnius and Tallinn from May 1st through October 28, 2023. The wet-leased aircraft will be available in two configurations, with burgundy leather seats or blue textile seats, and the Avion Express crew have been instructed to ensure AirBaltic’s same high service standards. The Airbus A320-232s, registrations 9H-AMI, 9H-AMK, 9H-MLY, and 9H-MLX were manufactured between 2008 and 2011.
In Monday’s announcement, airBaltic’s President and CEO, Martin Gauss, said,
“Although the challenges, caused by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine is still being felt, the aviation industry is gradually stabilizing. As a result, passenger demand for air travel is increasing. At the same time, the industry as a whole continues to face technical parts supply chain issues, which means we need additional capacity to carry all passengers, avoiding flight cancellations. Therefore, this summer airBaltic will be cooperating with Avion Express, which aircraft offer even more seats, thus allowing us to carry greater amount of passengers.”
Avion Express, a member of Avia Solutions Group, is the leading ACMI and charter operator of Airbus A320 Family aircraft. With over 18 years of experience, the company has established long-term partnerships with clients in Europe, and also operates in Africa, the Asia-Pacific, and South America. Avia Solutions Group is a leading aerospace services group with nearly 100 offices and production facilities worldwide.
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 39 Airbus A220-300s. airBaltic employs over 2,200 team members.