AIR BALTIC CORPORATION SIA (airBaltic) has started a partial reorganization of its fleet. In early November the airline introduced one Fokker 50 for its operations from Riga to Stockholm, Copenhagen and Hamburg.
The reorganization plan envisages the gradual replacement of the two currently operated SAAB 340 with another two Fokker 50 aircraft. The new aircraft are expected to arrive in Riga in the end of May and beginning of June. Along with the arrival of the aircraft airBaltic plans opening of two new non-stop flights: Riga-Budapest and Riga-Prague.
Together with the above mentioned routes the airBaltic Fokker 50 fleet will also be used for the flights to Warsaw, Kiev, Tallinn, Vilnius and Minsk that currently are operated by the SAAB 340.
The decision on changing the aircraft types was made to meet the demand of increasing passenger flow on the shorter airBaltic flights, as well as reinforce company’s further expansion on the short and medium range routes.
In October 1999, airBaltic expects one of its AVRO RJ70 to return from Australia where it is being leased to National Jet System. At the same time the airline plans launching a brand new non-stop flight to Brusels.