In a significant development for European aviation, airBaltic has solidified its status as the largest Airbus A220 customer on the continent by confirming an additional order for 30 A220-300s. This latest commitment brings the airline’s total firm orderbook to an impressive 80 aircraft.
Currently operating a robust fleet of 44 A220-300s, airBaltic holds the distinction of being the world’s largest A220-300 operator. The airline’s association with the Airbus A220-300 dates back to 2016 when it became the launch customer, and in 2020, it made the strategic decision to exclusively operate this cutting-edge aircraft.
Marking a significant milestone, Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic, stated, “This day marks a significant milestone in the history of airBaltic – our plans for the first time ever to operate a fleet of 100 aircraft by 2030. For almost seven years already, the Airbus A220-300 has been the backbone of our operations and has played an integral role in the international success story of airBaltic.”
Gauss expressed gratitude to Airbus for their unwavering support, trust, and collaboration over the years. Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, echoed the sentiment, stating, “Thank you to airBaltic for being such an ambassador for the A220 with this repeat order. The A220 has been the instrument for airBaltic in its success and growth thus far, and we are particularly proud to be extending this partnership well into the future with this latest order.”
Emphasizing the A220’s unique capabilities, Scherer highlighted its range, performance, and passenger appeal, dubbing it a “game changer” for customers in a crucial market segment. The A220-300, the most modern airliner in its size category, accommodates between 120 to 150 passengers on flights covering up to 3,450 nautical miles (6,390 km). With 25% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, it offers superior comfort with the largest cabin, seats, and windows in its class.
In line with Airbus’s commitment to sustainability, the A220 is equipped to operate with up to 50% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), aligning with Airbus’s goal to enable all its aircraft to use 100% SAF by 2030.
As of the end of October, Airbus has garnered nearly 820 orders from around 30 customers for the A220, with over 295 deliveries, including 50 in 2023. Currently, the A220 is successfully serving 17 airlines worldwide on over 1,350 routes, affirming its global popularity.