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The 36th Airbus A220-300 jet is delivered to airBaltic

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The 36th Airbus A220-300 aircraft, designated as YL-ABJ, has been delivered to Latvian flag airline airBaltic. This is the fourth of eight A220-300 aircraft scheduled to be delivered in 2022.

According to airBaltic, the Airbus A220-300 aircraft has carried nearly 8 million passengers and performed over 92 000 flights.

The airline plans to have 50 A220-300s in service by 2024. AirBaltic also has the option of purchasing an additional 30 A220-300 jets. The airline is now the largest operator of the Airbus A220-300 aircraft in the world.

After being forced to halt operations in Ukraine and Russia due to the ongoing war, airBaltic announced in mid-April 2022 that it will wet-lease a number of its A220s to other airlines for the summer of 2022.

Scandinavian Airline Systems (SAS) and Eurowings have previously inked contracts for nine A220s to be leased on an ACMI basis by airBaltic. AirBaltic is also negotiating wet-lease agreements for two other aircraft that have been released from Ukrainian and Russian destinations.

The Latvian carrier announced in early May 2022 that it has leased a Boeing 737-900ER aircraft from Ukraine International Airlines on an ACMI basis (UIA).

Since May 1, 2022, the Boeing 737-900ER has been in service. Due to the “effect created by global supply chain concerns,” the decision to wet-lease additional aircraft was made.

“It is now a very challenging time for the Ukrainian people and their national airline,” Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic said. “By temporarily wet-leasing their aircraft, we are also providing short-term work to the employees of Ukraine International Airlines.”

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