Latvian airline airBaltic has announced that it has started on the redelivery process of its Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft back to their lessor Nordic Aviation Capital. It is expected that all 12 Q400 NextGen aircraft will be returned to the lessor by the end of the year.

In the wake of the pandemic in 2020, the airline decided to introduce an all Airbus A220 fleet to replace the Q400s.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “The first redelivery flight marks an official end to our previous stage of development. Our Q400 fleet helped us to get where we are today – flying the youngest and most modern fleet in Europe. Airbus A220-300 are the backbone of our future growth.”

The first Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft joined airBaltic back in 2010. Over the years, 12 different Bombardier Q400 NextGen have carried more than 11 million passengers in total and have performed more than 222 thousand flights all across the Europe.