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airBaltic to launch Riga - Abu Dhabi service

Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:28 pm

The CS300 will allow airBaltic to launch Riga - Abu Dhabi later this year.

Latvian carrier airBaltic will launch non-stop flights from Riga to Abu Dhabi, starting on October 29, 2017.

The route will be served four times a week with airBaltic’s 145-seat Bombardier CS300 aircraft, and it will be codeshared with Etihad Airways.

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“We are delighted to link Latvia and the UAE with our brand-new Bombardier CS300 that fly longer distances and reach airports that we were not able to serve with our fleet before,” Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic said in a statement.


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https://airwaysmag.com/airlines/airbalt ... i-service/

The CS300 is tailor made for airBaltic, no?
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Re: airBaltic to launch Riga - Abu Dhabi service

Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:22 pm

Cue the "Etihad to invest in airBaltic?" threads...
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Re: airBaltic to launch Riga - Abu Dhabi service

Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:32 pm

Isn't it a relaunch,they have been there before.
 
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AirBaltic to launch CS300 long-haul flights to Abu Dhabi

Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:30 am

link/Source: http://atwonline.com/airports-routes/ai ... 3082b6111d



"Latvian carrier airBaltic plans to launch 4X-weekly Riga-Abu Dhabi Bombardier CS300 service beginning Oct. 29, in cooperation with Etihad Airways, the Riga-based carrier announced Feb. 24."


Does the BBD CS300 range to fly from Riga to AUH nonstop in each direction
 
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Re: airBaltic to launch Riga - Abu Dhabi service

Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:48 pm

According to the schedule it will be non stop in both directions so therefore I should imagine that the CS300 does have the range to fly from Riga to Abu Dhabi nonstop in each direction.

Once airlines realise the added value of it's range the CS300 could be a real game changer.
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Re: airBaltic to launch Riga - Abu Dhabi service

Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:58 pm

CanadaFair wrote:
Isn't it a relaunch,they have been there before.


yes: http://www.riga-airport.com/en/main/new ... ad-airways

Year 2013:

Respective flag carriers airBaltic and Etihad Airways have marked the start of direct Riga-Abu Dhabi flights with a ceremony at Riga International Airport.
 
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Re: airBaltic to launch Riga - Abu Dhabi service

Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:44 pm

The CEO states it's a route 'which we were not able to serve with our fleet before'

Completely incorrect as they flew the 757 which is more than capable of getting to Abu Dhabi. I hate it when they say these things for marketing purposes!

According to some data, the 737-500 (which they currently run) can actually make it at a push too, anyone think it could?
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Re: airBaltic to launch Riga - Abu Dhabi service

Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:04 pm

LX138 wrote:
The CEO states it's a route 'which we were not able to serve with our fleet before'

Completely incorrect as they flew the 757 which is more than capable of getting to Abu Dhabi. I hate it when they say these things for marketing purposes!


It is not incorrect. While they had the 757 in their fleet, the type was retired a few years ago. Maybe the idea of RIX-AUH came after the 757 already was retired, hence the statement by the CEO.
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Re: airBaltic to launch Riga - Abu Dhabi service

Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:33 pm

But they flew there before as mentioned above, so he shouldnt play with words.
 
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Re: airBaltic to launch Riga - Abu Dhabi service

Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:36 pm

Yes and he says 'fleet before' - I interpret that as they 'could have flown there when they had the 757'. Tut tut!. Infact they could get there with a DC3 if that had a tech stop but I'll let him off on that one.
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Re: airBaltic to launch Riga - Abu Dhabi service

Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:45 pm

CanadaFair wrote:
But they flew there before as mentioned above, so he shouldnt play with words.


Sorry, missed that part. Then what LX138 said makes sense.
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Re: airBaltic to launch Riga - Abu Dhabi service

Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:32 pm

LX138 wrote:
The CEO states it's a route 'which we were not able to serve with our fleet before'

Completely incorrect as they flew the 757 which is more than capable of getting to Abu Dhabi. I hate it when they say these things for marketing purposes!

According to some data, the 737-500 (which they currently run) can actually make it at a push too, anyone think it could?


you have to consider they could not serve it before because the 757 was to big for the route. if they cannot fill close to 200 seats but can fill 130 that would mean they could not serve the route before.
 
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Re: airBaltic to launch Riga - Abu Dhabi service

Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:44 pm

In the past it was flown on A319 leased by airBaltic from CSA

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