Riga, Latvia - As of Sept. 10, airBaltic has become the first operator in the world authorized for the "Base Maintenance" of Airbus A220 jets.
The airline has passed the audit conducted by the Latvian civil aviation authority and received its certificate for the full-scale EASA Part-145 Line Maintenance and Base Maintenance for the Airbus A220.
Previously, airBaltic was a Line Maintenance company for Airbus A220-300.
Obtaining the Line Maintenance and Base Maintenance certificate for the Airbus A220-300 type was a logical step for airports as an airline which is the global launch operator of Airbus A220-330 with already 19 aircraft of this type in its fleet moving towards single type Airbus A220-300 fleet in the near future. As of now, our maintenance will become more cost and time effective. Besides, we are considering to offer our maintenance services also to other airlines worldwide operating this type of aircraft,
Andris Vaivads, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations of airBaltic
The preparation for the Base Maintenance audit was launched a year ago. During this period, airBaltic has purchased required materials and tools, trained its maintenance teams and improved its facilities with new stores and workshops.
airBaltic is steadily growing its route network with the addition of new jets from Airbus, in particular, the A220-300s, formerly the CSeries of the Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier.
The Baltic carrier currently operates 19 Airbus A220-300 and has 31 more on order waiting to be delivered.
Early this year, airBaltic announced that it would phase out its eight Boeing 737 aircraft in the fleet by the end of the year.
From 2022, airBaltic will become an all-Airbus A220-300 operator with the removal of 12 De Havilland Dash 8-400 from the fleet.
AirBaltic is also eyeing the Airbus's newly launched long-range jet A321XLR to launch transatlantic flights from Baltic capitals. The Baltic carrier positions itself as the flag carrier of the three Baltic states launching new routes to other European cities from Riga, Vilnius and Tallin.