RIGA, LATVIA — Latvian carrier airBaltic announced today that it has started the redelivery process of its Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft back to their lessor Nordic Aviation Capital.

“The first redelivery flight marks an official end to our previous stage of development. Our Q400 fleet helped us to get where we are today – flying the youngest and most modern fleet in Europe. Airbus A220-300 are the backbone of our future growth,” said Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic.

airBaltic made a decision to introduce an all-Airbus A220 fleet in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020. It is expected that all 12 Q400 NextGen aircraft will be returned to the lessor by the end of the year.

The first Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft joined airBaltic back in 2010. Over the years, 12 differentBombardier Q400 NextGen have carried more than 11 million passengers in total and have performed more than 222 thousand flights across Europe.