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airBaltic, the Latvian carrier, is set to take off after the crisis with reduced fleet, meaning that the airline’s Boeing 737 aircraft will be phased out yet this year, the CEO of airBaltic, Martin Gauss, revealed in the interview with LETA, Latvian state-owned news agency LETA.
The decision does not come as a surprise, though. airBaltic has been retiring its Boeing aircraft for over a year now and was expected to introduce a single type fleet by 2022.
According to Gauss, prior to the crisis, the company was still planning to use its Boeing 737 planes this and, possibly, next year, however, no more regular flights with these aircraft will be operated.
The carrier also has 12 Bombardier Q400 NextGen planes now. Although these aircraft are expected to soar again, the retirement could be initiated ahead of the schedule.
airBaltic aims to simplify its activities and use only Airbus A220 aircraft. Currently it operates 22 Airbus A220 planes.