Latvian flag carrier airBaltic has taken delivery of its 34th Airbus A220-300 aircraft, registered YL-ABH. 

This is the second of eight planned Airbus A220-300 aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2022. By 2024, the airline expects to have a total of 50 A220s. In addition, airBaltic holds options to purchase an extra 30 A220 jets.

“The Airbus A220-300 has performed beyond the company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and the staff,” the airline outlined in a statement. 

The carrier is currently the world's largest operator of the Airbus A220-300. 

In mid-April 2022, airBaltic said it would wet-lease a portion of its A220s to other airlines for summer 2022 after the carrier was forced to cease operations in Ukraine and Russia owning to the ongoing war. 

The Latvian airline has already signed contracts for nine A220s to be leased on an ACMI basis to Scandinavian Airline Systems (SAS) and Eurowings. airBaltic is also in the process of signing wet-lease contracts for an additional two aircraft freed up from Ukrainian and Russian destinations. 

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