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January airBaltic reports +10% passenger growth in 2016.
February airBaltic recognized as best Employer for the fifth year in a row.
March airBaltic achieves its first year of growth after the successful turnaround period. airBaltic welcomes its 3rd Bombardier CS300.
April airBaltic begins codeshare partnership with NextJet.
airBaltic brings Riga International airport’s 60 millionth passenger on Stockholm-Riga flight.
airBaltic receives five stars in the OTP Star Ratings system by OAG for its punctuality.
May Sheremetyevo International Airport welcomes airBaltic Bombardier CS300 for the first time.
June airBaltic welcomes its 4th Bombardier CS300.
airBaltic welcomes its 5th Bombardier CS300.
airBaltic presents its CS300 at Paris Air Show.
July airBaltic welcomes its 6th Bombardier CS300.
airBaltic has set a new world record as its newest CS300 turnaround for the first commercial flight took only 50 minutes after delivery from Canada.
August airBaltic welcomes its 7th Bombardier CS300.
Pulkovo Airport welcomes first airBaltic CS300.
September airBaltic recognized among the most beloved brands in Latvia
October airBaltic carries 500 000 passengers on Bombardier CS300
airBaltic launches longest direct flight between Riga and Abu Dhabi with Bombardier CS300 aircraft
airBaltic celebrates 22 years in the air
airBaltic receives CAPA “Regional Airline of the Year” award
November airBaltic celebrates one year anniversary of Bombardier CS300 operations
airBaltic exhibits Bombardier CS300 at 2017 Dubai Airshow
December airBaltic Training Pilot Academy opens application process
airBaltic celebrates a successful year with Bombardier CS300 in commercial operations
airBaltic brings record passenger – 6 000 000th customer serviced at Riga International Airport in 2017



January airBaltic has been ranked No 1 globally in punctuality in 2015 by OAG analysts.
airBaltic Teams Up with Iberia.
airBaltic celebrates 20 years in Baltic capitals.
February airBaltic has been awarded a Gold medal in ISPY 2016 for the quality of its cabin service.
airBaltic recognized as best Employer for the fourth year in a row.
March airBaltic has launched “Open Door” initiative for new crew.
April New headquarters and Crew Centre for airBaltic.
airBaltic increases its firm C Series order to 20 Bombardier CS300 aircraft.
May airBaltic online check-in extended to five days.
airBaltic achieved record profit in 2015.
June airBaltic has achieved its highest customer satisfaction ratings in the past three year.
August airBaltic joins Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance.
November airBaltic welcomed the world’s first Bombardier CS300 aircraft in Riga.
December Bombardier CS300 Aircraft Successfully Starts Revenue Service with airBaltic.
airBaltic brings record passenger - 5 390 000th customer serviced at Riga International Airport in 2016.


January airBaltic congratulates 1 000 000th passenger on Oslo – Riga route
airBaltic receives award as world’s #1 most punctual airline
February airBaltic named best employer
April airBaltic and PayPal team up
May airBaltic starts summer season with record number of new routes since restructuring and profitability
June airBaltic begins offering new Premium tickets
July Riga airport welcomes 50 millionth passenger on airBaltic Munich - Riga flight
November airBaltic welcomes Bombardier CSeries in Riga


January airBaltic serves 2.80 million passengers in 2013;
airBaltic surpasses by far its original plans and turns around the FY2012 loss of EUR -27 million, converting it into a net profit of EUR +1 million for 2013. airBaltic achieves profitability one year ahead of the initial schedule;
airBaltic food ordering system named one of Top 10 innovations globally.
February airBaltic flies Olympic team to Sochi;
airBaltic recognised as Top Employer;
airBaltic featured on postage stamps issued by Latvijas Pasts (Latvian Post) in a limited collection featuring the airline’s state-of-the-art Bombardier fleet.
March airBaltic launches its new service - airBaltic Bus to regional cities.
April airBaltic allows personal electronic devices gate to gate.
May airBaltic achieves best punctuality in Europe.
July airBaltic welcomes EU approval of Restructuring Plan;
airBaltic becomes the world’s first airline to accept Bitcoin as a payment option;
airBaltic brings 10 millionth transit passenger;
airBaltic pilots go green with iPads.
August airBaltic achieves +14 million euro profit 1H2014.
September AMBER green flying project completed;
airBaltic concludes cooperation agreement with British Airways.
October airBaltic launches a new direct route linking Tallinn and Paris;
airBaltic launches a new direct route linking Vilnius and Amsterdam.
November airBaltic Achieves No. 1 Rank in Punctuality.


January airBaltic carries 3 089 406 passengers in 2012;
airBaltic beats all expectations for the financial results of 2012, by far surpassing its original business reshaping plan;
AMBER project is announced enabling airBaltic to become the first airline in Europe to start green flying for turboprop aircraft.
February airBaltic improves its mobile and online check-in service, doubling the number of passengers using self-service check-in within a month.
May airBaltic continues to operate ahead of the business reshaping plan in the first quarter of 2013, achieving an improvement of its net results by +41% compared to the first quarter of 2012.
June airBaltic introduces a VISA prepaid payment card.
May - August Four additional brand new Bombardier Q400 NextGen planes enter service, increasing the airBaltic Q400 NextGen fleet by 50%.
August airBaltic achieves a 15% improvement in aircraft utilisation for the 2013 summer season compared with the year before.
September airBaltic turns around last year’s loss of EUR -10.15 million into a net profit of EUR +1.37 million in 2Q 2013;
airBaltic Completes Turboprop Fleet Modernisation;
airBaltic sets new punctuality record.
October airBaltic introduces a novel food ordering system that allows travellers to customize their in-flight meal after they have booked their seat;
airBaltic winter Olympics livery unveiled.
November airBaltic brings 9 millionth transit passenger.
December airBaltic celebrates 100 000 Facebook followers;
airBaltic achieves record punctuality in year end.


January airBaltic carried over 3.3 million passengers in 2011, load factor increased by 6 pp;
airBaltic nominated Best for Punctuality in Europe;
airBaltic recognised as Top Employer in Latvia.
March airBaltic announced a business reshaping plan to return the airline to profitability and sustainable future development at North Hub Riga, which links the Baltic region with destinations in Europe, Middle East and Russia/CIS.
April airBaltic concluded a cooperation agreement with AirFrance, including code-sharing of flights. AirFrance offers convenient connections via its Paris hub to and from destinations worldwide;
BalticMiles, a multi-partner loyalty programme created by the Latvian national airline airBaltic, has been recognized as amongst the best loyalty programmes globally, winning two Freddie awards.
May airBaltic has been selected amongst the world's Top 10 most innovative airlines by;
According to study commissioned by IATA, the International Air Transport Association, the aviation industry plays a key role in Latvia‘s trade and economy. According to the study, undertaken by Oxford Economics, aviation accounts for 2.0 % of Latvia‘s GDP, and the industry supports jobs for 2.0 % of workforce in the country.
June airBaltic launches Mobile Check-in.
July airBaltic brings 7 millionth transit passenger;
airBaltic Signs Letter of Intent for up to 20 Bombardier CSeries Airliners.
September airberlin and airBaltic start codeshare flights.
December airBaltic signs firm order for up to 20 CSeries airliners;
airBaltic announces six new destinations for the summer of 2013.


January airBaltic carries over 3 million passengers in 2010, for the first time in history the airline's annual passenger number exceeds 3 million;
airBaltic launches new iPhone service;
airBaltic completes introduction of eight Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft to its fleet. The modernised fleet consists of 34 aircraft;
airBaltic recognized as top employer in Latvia in a nationwide survey,
February airBaltic Training becomes the EU's only IATA Regional Training Centre,
May airBaltic Hosts the Largest Aviation Conference in Northern Europe – North Hub Riga Conference; airBaltic selected best in public relations in the Baltic Region.
June airBaltic becomes the world's first airline to sell tickets onboard.
October airBaltic supervisory board chooses Martin Gauss as new CEO.
December Latvian government increases its shareholding in airBaltic to 99.8%;
airBaltic becomes the world's first airline to sell cars on board;
Latvian government approves future development of airBaltic and invests LVL 57.6 million.


January airBaltic carries 2,757, 404 passengers in 2009, acts as engine of the growth for the Baltics;
airBaltic wins ATW's Phoenix Award.
February airBaltic starts airBaltic Training centre in Riga.
March airBaltic has the world's first tweet-up at route inauguration.
April airBaltic paints EU flags on its aircraft;
Swedish government chooses airBaltic as official carrier.
May airBaltic opens BalticMiles superstore;
airBaltic receives ANNIES Award as Europe's largest flag carrier by new routes.
June Flight tickets go on sale in Finnish kiosks for the first time in history, an initiative of airBaltic;
As the first airline in the world, airBaltic offers roses 11 km up in the sky;
airBaltic hosts international aviation conference "North Hub Riga";
airBaltic and TAV sign a memorandum of understanding for building of new terminal;
airBaltic launches Baltic Bike, the first self-service bike rental in the Baltics.
August airBaltic recognised as Latvia's leading exporter.
September airBaltic nominated for international award for excellence in social media;
125 architectural concepts received for new airBaltic terminal.
October airBaltic celebrates 15th anniversary;
airBaltic first in Europe to introduce Apple iPads;
airBaltic introduces online booking for cargo.
November airBaltic opens office in Tbilisi, Georgia;
BalticMiles has issued over half a billion points in a year.
December airBaltic Recognized as Top 10 Innovator Among Airlines by;
airBaltic introduces Nespresso coffee in flights.


January airBaltic management purchases SAS shares in the airline;
Danish government chooses airBaltic as official carrier for flights;
airBaltic management purchases SAS shares in the airline.
April Baltic Taxi established in Riga;
airBaltic hosts the first international conference on global trends in aviation in Riga, known as North Hub Riga Conference airBaltic introduces a scheme to refund tickets for passengers who lose jobs.
June IATA member airlines set their prices in euros in Latvia Mārtiņš Rītiņš creates airBaltic business class menu, based on organic food.
July airBaltic opens travel agency on internet
August Finnish government chooses airBaltic as official carrier.
October airBaltic announced ERA Airline of the Year Gold award winner airBaltic launches first pan-Baltic loyalty program, Baltic Miles.
November German government chooses airBaltic as official carrier.
December Austrian and Swiss governments choose airBaltic as official carrier airBaltic brings 4,000,000th passenger to Riga airport.


February 4 airBaltic opens the second office in the downtown Riga.
March airBaltic announces the Largest Fleet Expansion in the Baltic Region by adding Bombardier and Boeing 757 aircraft to its fleet.
March 24 airBaltic Completes Introduction of e-Ticket.
March 30 airBaltic starts the summer season with 10 new destinations, including Almaty – the longest route in the network up-to-date.
April 8 The first Boeing 757-200 joins the fleet.
June The deliveries of additional aircraft for the year 2008 completed. The airBaltic fleet consists of two Boeing 757-200, ten 120-seater Boeing 737-500, six 149-seater Boeing 737-300 and eight 50-seater Fokker 50, in total - 26 aircraft.
October 26 airBaltic starts the winter season with four new destinations.
December 10 airBaltic opens an office in Tallinn.


February airBaltic opens a representative office in St.Petersburg, Russia.
April Four Boeing 737 join the fleet. The fleet consists of 20 aircraft: 12 Boeing 737 and eight Fokker 50.
May airBaltic commences regular operations out of Liepāja, Courland region in Latvia.
June airBalticcard Mobile, a pre-paid phone card, introduced.
July airBaltic launches online check-in system.
September 1 airBaltic opens Vilnius – Chisinau route, the first in a series of East-bound routes from Lithuania.
September 9 airBaltic starts training Boeing 737 pilots at a simulator at its home base in Riga.
October 30 airBaltic launches the E-voucher – the first prepaid airline ticket in the Baltic States and Northern Europe to be sold in supermarkets.
November 6 airBaltic moves closer to its home market by opening an office in Daugavpils, Eastern Latvia.
November 26 airBaltic congratulates the 10 000th passenger to use online check-in just 3 months after the launch of the service.
December 19 airBaltic congratulates its two millionth passenger in Vilnius.


September 18 The millionth passenger of the year carried by airBaltic.
December airBaltic adds another Boeing 737 to its fleet.
December airBaltic closes the year with 4.305 m LVL net profit.


February 1 7th Boeing 737 joins airBaltic fleet.
April 6 airBaltic opens representative office in Berlin.
July 1 1st anniversary since airBaltic has started operations from Vilnius, Lithuania.
October 1 airBaltic celebrates the 10th anniversary of commencing its operations in Latvia.
November 28 airBaltic becomes General Sales Agent for Singapore Airlines Cargo in Latvia.
November 28 airBaltic adds two more Fokker 50 aircraft to its fleet . Fleet consists of 16 aircraft: 7 Boeing 737 and 9 Fokker 50.
December 15 airBaltic carries its millionth passenger. For the first time in its history the airline has carried over a million passengers in a year.


February 12 2nd Boeing 737 joins BT fleet.
February 17 6th Fokker 50 joins BT fleet.
April 2 3rd Boeing 737 joins BT fleet.
June 1 airBaltic opens a hub in Vilnius and starts direct flights to a number of European destinations; airBaltic is the first airline in the Baltic states to take advantage of the opening of the aviation market following EU – accession and start operation from another state.
June 4 4th Boeing 737 joins BT fleet.
October 26 5th Boeing 737 joins BT fleet.
October 27 airBaltic introduces new corporate livery.
December 17 6th Boeing 737 joins BT fleet.
December airBaltic overall net result for 2004 amounted to EUR 1,2 million (LVL 850 000) loss.


April 1 airBaltic implements a new pricing structure – one way ticket concept. The price of tickets directly depends on demand. The traditional "Sunday rule" does not apply.
April 20 airBaltic launches ticket sales from the company's website via Internet.
September New staff uniforms are introduced.
November The fifth airBaltic aircraft Fokker 50 is delivered to Riga.
November 24 First Boeing 737-500 is introduced into airBaltic fleet and operations.
December airBaltic closes 2003 with 1,1 Million Lats (EUR 1.63 million) profit after taxes.


September The fourth airBaltic aircraft Fokker 50 is delivered to Riga.
December airBaltic closes 2002 with 406 Thousand Lats (EUR 675 000) profit after taxes.


June airBaltic carries 1 millionth passenger.
October 30 SAS purchases shares owned by Swedfund International AB-6,5%, IØ Danish Investment Fund for Central and Eastern Europe – 6,5%. New shareholder structure: Latvian State 52,6% SAS – 47.2 %, Transaero – 0.2%.
December In 2001, for the first time in its history, airBaltic posts profit, after taxes, of USD 88 thousand. (56 000 LVL).


April Presentation of airBaltic new uniform.
June “Baltic Cargo Center" was founded. The joint venture between airBaltic. SAS and Globe Ground build and operate a modern cargo-handling terminal in Riga Airport.
November 10 airBaltic receives Latvian Quality Award 2000 for Business excellence.
airBaltic receives status Well Connected with SAS.


January 25 airBaltic registers change of the legal status – from Limited Liability company to Joint stock company (SIA – A/S).
June 3 SAAB 340 aircraft are taken out of operations and fully replaced by Fokker 50.
September airBaltic introduces operations in compliance with common European aviation operational standards (JAR Ops).


November The first airBaltic Fokker 50 arrives in Riga.


April 1 airBaltic opens Cargo Department.


January 24 The first airBaltic AVRO RJ70 arrives in Riga.
July 5 airBaltic joins SAS EuroBonus Program.


August 28 airBaltic Joint Venture Agreement Signed. AIR BALTIC CORPORATION SIA Shareholders: Latvian State 51%, SAS- 29%, Baltic International USA – 8%, Swedfund International AB-6%, IØ Danish Investment Fund for Central and Eastern Europe.
October 1 First airBaltic flight. First airBaltic SAAB 340 arrives in Riga.
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