RIGA LATVIA — On April 24, 2022, Latvian carrier airBaltic took delivery of its 34th Airbus A220-300 jet. The aircraft with registration YL-AB is the second of eight scheduled Airbus A220-300 deliveries for airBaltic in 2022.

airBaltic has been operating an all-Airbus 220 fleet since 2020, minimizing the complexity and benefiting from the additional efficiency provided by the aircraft. The Baltic carrier ordered 50 Airbus A220-300 in total. After this delivery, 16 more aircraft of the same type are waiting to be delivered to the Nordic airline.

airBaltic also maintains purchase rights of the 30 further aircraft.

The airline is now preparing to wet-lease some of its Airbus A220 jets to other carriers for summer 2022 as the war Between Russia and Ukraine forced the Riga-based carrier to cease its operations in these countries.

Nine A220s to be leased on an ACMI basis to Scandinavian carrier SAS and German low-cost operator Eurowings. airBaltic is also in talks with other companies to wet-lease two additional aircraft dropped from the routes to Ukraine and Russia.