“In any case, we only wanted to switch to Airbus aircraft in our fleet. This year and possibly next year we also planned to use Boeing 737-300 aircraft, but now their work has been suspended and they will no longer be used on regular flights,” he said. Gauss.
He also added that the airline also has 12 more Bombardier Q400 NextGen twin-turboprop aircraft. “From today’s point of view, it is clear that we will also stop their work. We will focus on simplicity of work and use only the Airbus fleet,” Gauss said.
He noted that due to the crisis caused by the Covid-19 disease, the airline could recover from pre-crisis operations in 2021 or even later.
airBaltic’s fleet currently includes 22 Airbus A220 aircraft.
“We can order up to 18 more planes. Therefore, as the scale of operations grows again, we will increase the number of Airbus planes,” Gauss predicted.
It has already been reported that according to airBaltic’s business plan, the Destination 2025 company’s fleet was to be switched to Airbus A220 aircraft from 2023 onwards.
At present, airBaltic has received 22 Airbus A220-300 aircraft from an additional order for 30 Airbus A220-300 aircraft made on May 28, 2018, providing for the possibility to purchase another 30 aircraft of this type.
In 2019, airBaltic carried a total of 5.049 million passengers.
It has also been reported that an emergency situation has been declared in Latvia until April 14 due to the spread of Covid-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. These include the suspension of international passenger transport.
airBaltic was registered in 1995 and has a share capital of 256.473 million euros, according to Firmas.lv. According to preliminary data, the company’s turnover last year was 508.955 million euros, which is an increase of 23%, but the company suffered a loss of 7.7 million euros, compared to the profit a year earlier.
The Latvian state owns 80.05% of airBaltic’s shares, while the financial investor, Danish businessman Lars Tussen, owns Aircraft Leasing 1 – almost 20% of the shares.