airBaltic fleet development
When airBaltic began operating in 1995, the airline had just one aircraft in its fleet. By 2020, the number of airBaltic passenger airplanes will have risen to 34.
airBaltic’s very first and very reliable Swedish-built turboprop with General Electric engines. Statistically, the SF340 remains the safest turboprop on the planet. Initially, airBaltic flew mostly to Scandinavian destinations, and the little Saab operated perfectly. The aircraft’s serial number was 340A-007
1996/Saab SF340/Avro RJ70
Avro RJ70; The last British-made jet airliner and the first one to serve airBaltic. Thanks to its high wing, large flaps and spoilers, and a superb airbrake, it did not need any thrust reversers after landing. The aircraft was capable of short takeoffs and landings and could conduct very steep approaches, allowing for tricky manoeuvres into and out of London City Airport in the UK as
well as at Paro Airport in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The latter landing site is situated fairly high up in the Himalayan mountain range and has a short runway, making it inaccessible to most traditional jets.
1998/Saab SF340/Avro RJ70/Fokker 50
Fokker 50;This European-built aircraft had reliable systems and dependable Pratt & Whitney engines. It served airBaltic for 15 years and was equipped with a spacious passenger cabin. The plane was an offshoot of the smaller Fokker F27 Friendship transport plane.