Latvia’s airBaltic have commenced services between Riga and Dublin using the Airbus A220. Many of you will know that this aircraft is a Canadian design that was originally called the Bombardier CSeries.

For Irish travellers, airBaltic provide the only experience of flying aboard the ultra-modern Airbus A220. airBaltic use it as the backbone of their fleet and are currently transitioning out their final Boeing 737s to operate just one single type.

airBaltic Celebrate Dublin to Riga

One of the airBaltic aircraft is painted to celebrate 100 years of Latvian independence. With its striking red and white stripes to evoke the Latvian flag, it appeared on the inaugural service.

The two capital cities will be linked four times a week with the new flights operating Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Leaving Riga at 07:30, flights arrive in Dublin at 08:35. Going the other way sees a 09:10 departure and a 14:10 arrival.

Wheeling out the ambassadors and CEO among others makes for a decent launch picture. Even though it is a summer only service, it is a new carrier at Dublin airport for this year.

Overall Thoughts

With over 70 destinations served from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, airBaltic offer a range of connections throughout Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and Middle East.

Business class seating is offered on board, though in typical European fashion, these are the same as economy class. The point of difference is that the seat beside you is kept free, and a full three course meal with drinks is served.

Have you flown with airBaltic or on the Airbus A220 before? What was it like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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Featured image by Javier Rodríguez via Wikimedia Commons.
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