Riga - airBaltic says goodbye to its Boeing 737s a year earlier than initially planned. The last Boeing 737 will leave the fleet of the Latvian carrier next autumn.
airBaltic replaces its older generation Boeing737s by Airbus's A220s (formerly Bombardier CS300).
The airline currently has eight Boeing 737 aircraft in its fleet, including six 737-300 (149 seats) and two copies from the smaller variant 737-500 (120 seats). These single-aisles are now more than twenty years old and no longer meet today's requirements in terms of fuel consumption, and environmental issues such as carbon footprint and noise.
airBaltic will be an all A220-300 operator after phasing-out all the remaining Boeing 737s. The Airbus A220-300 can accommodate up to145 passengers. The Baltic operator has fourteen A220-300 in service, another eight will be added this year.
airBaltic's AirbusA220 fleet is expected to reach 80 aircraft if all options are exercised.