The Latvian airline Air Baltic currently flies two Airbus A220s based in Stuttgart on behalf of Eurowings. In the 2022 summer timetable, five wet lease aircraft of this type will be used from Düsseldorf for the Lufthansa subsidiary.
Since December 2021, two Airbus A220s of the Latvian Air Baltic have been flying from Stuttgart as part of a wet lease agreement on behalf of Eurowings. In the summer of 2022, these will no longer be used from the largest airport in Baden-Württemberg, but from Düsseldorf. The cooperation between the two airlines will be expanded by three A220-300s, so that Air Baltic will fly five machines for Eurowings.
Air Baltic confirmed to Aviation.Direct that from the 2022 summer timetable, several Airbus A220s for the Lufthansa low-cost offshoot will no longer be flown from Stuttgart, but from Düsseldorf. Eurowings, as client of the wet lease, also confirmed the expansion of the cooperation and put the number of Airbus A220-300s operated by Air Baltic for Eurowings at five.
“Eurowings will use a total of five Air Baltic A220s at the Düsseldorf location from the summer flight schedule. The background to the wet lease with Air Baltic, an already proven wet lease partner in the Lufthansa Group, are strong catch-up effects that we expect for the summer: For example, in contrast to 2021, families and their children are fully vaccinated this year and finally want to make up for the missed vacation. We call the ketchup bottle principle: first nothing comes for a long time and then everything at once. The clear trends are reflected in consistently high bookings (tens of thousands daily). In this context, Eurowings strives for the best possible preparation of its operations - which also includes well-established wet lease processes," a Eurowings spokeswoman told Aviation.Direct.
The fleet of the Latvian Air Baltic currently consists of 32 Airbus A220-300. The average age is 2,7 years. The mostly state-owned carrier expects to take delivery of 18 more examples of this type. The Boeing 737 and de Havilland Dash 8-400 used in the past have since been phased out.