RIGA, LATVIA — airBaltic, the flag carrier of Baltic countries, said goodbye to its last De Havilland Canada Dash-8 Q400 and now only operates an all-Airbus A220-300 fleet.

airBaltic has returned its last Q400 to its owner, the Danish lessor Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), in a process that began last summer as the twelve 76-seat aircraft had already been taken out of service. The first Q400s were delivered to the Latvian carrier in 2010; since then, the airline has transported over 11 million passengers on more than 222,000 flights throughout Europe.

Let's recall that airBaltic made the decision in early 2019 to phase out its Boeing 737 and Q400 fleets and switch to an all-Airbus 220 fleet in the spring of 2020. The airline now has 39 A220-300 aircraft with 145 to 149 seats each and 11 more on order for delivery.