Latvia’s airBaltic now has 25 aircraft, including five 737-500s, six 737-300s, 12 Bombardier -Q400Next Gens and two new Bombardier CS300s. Over 20 CS300s will join airBaltic in the next three years.
The small airline has a core maintenance department of 19 engineers and 90 technicians at its base in Riga and has access to five hangar lines. It performs line maintenance including A checks, component changes and engine and propeller changes.
“We have our own oxygen, emergency equipment, battery, coffee maker and interior shops, with 16 additional specialists on the team,” explains vice president Jānis Vanags. The maintenance unit also has its own non-destructive testing staff and borescope inspectors.
At present the airline works almost entirely for itself, offering other airlines only on-call assistance at Riga and Vilnius airports for aircraft types operated by airBaltic. But Vanags says his airline is examining the feasibility to perform C checks for its own CS300s and for other CSeries operators in the future. “We are currently evaluating new hangar facilities in Riga to do that, and we plan to have them built in the coming years.