airBaltic has revealed a brand new livery on one of their Airbus A220s. The carrier is known for its flag liveries, which have seen Latvia and Estonia’s flags painted onto aircraft. Now the airline has created a hat trick by painting the Lithuanian flag onto an aircraft.
Creating special liveries is nothing new. Sometimes airlines do them for fun, sometimes as part of a sponsorship deal, or sometimes to celebrate their history. However, the reason for airBaltic’s flag liveries is different. The airline has chosen its three biggest markets and plastered their flag onto the side of A220s to say thanks.
Not the first livery
The new livery revealed by airBaltic is not the first. In fact, the airline’s first venture into the special livery was with the Latvian flag. This aircraft was repainted to celebrate 100 years of Latvian independence. Additionally, it was flown in formation over Riga accompanied by fighter jets to aid the celebration.
Following the success of the Latvian livery, airBaltic decided to create a second flag livery. This saw a second airbus A220 being repainted, this time with the flag of Estonia. The Estonian livery sees a blue, black and white flag adorning the aircraft.
During a recent trip to Riga with airBaltic, Simple Flying was lucky enough to see both of the existing liveries parked out on the ramp. The Estonian livery is particularly striking.
All three Baltic states
We had been expecting the airline to pull off another stunning flag livery. When we spoke with CEO Martin Gauss back in July, the told us: “Both countries where we are the market leader, the aircraft is in the flag of the country. Our two strongest markets and more to come, I would say but nothing to say today.”
Adding to the matter following the reveal of the new flag, Mr. Gauss said: “Now the flags of all three Baltic states will proudly wave above our heads high in the skies.”
As the third Baltic state, Lithuania is another strong market for airBaltic. In fact, the carrier has transported 240,000 passengers to and from Lithuania in the first half of 2019.
Painted on an A220
The new livery has been painted onto an Airbus A220, as have all of the other liveries. airBaltic is slowly transitioning to becoming an all-Airbus A220 operator, with the retirement of its Boeing 737 aircraft drawing nearer. The airline is shortly due to receive its 20th Airbus A220, having just announced new routes to be operated by the type.
The Lithuanian flag livery has been painted on YL-CSK, a one-year-old Airbus A220 constructed in Canada. The aircraft took its first flight on the 2nd of August 2018. This means that its new livery could also be considered a sort of birthday present for the aircraft.
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