airBalticTraining has ordered three single-engine DA40 NG training aircraft and one twin-engine DA42-VI training aircraft from Diamond Aircraft for the airline’s newly established Pilot Academy at airBalticTraining with the option of adding another eleven planes from Diamond.
In addition, airBalticTraining has also ordered a DSIM flight training simulator. Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to begin in May 2018.
Pauls Calitis, Member of the Board of airBalticTraining:
“We are confident that Diamond Aircraft are the safest and most modern training aircraft out there. While primarily preparing our future pilots for the Bombardier C Series, it is vital that the training aircraft also offers a flight deck with large LCD displays with optimized control and display functions in addition to an overall efficiency of the aircraft.”
Amila Spiegel, Sales & Marketing Director, Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH:
“We are proud to be airBaltic’s choice for professional flight training solutions. With our fleet of DA40 NG and DA42-VI – both equipped with the fuel-efficient AE300 Jet-A1 engines and the newest Garmin NXi glass cockpit – as well as with the Flight Training Devices, airBaltic will benefit from a high level of standardization in maintenance, spare parts and procedures. We are convinced that the Diamond Fleet Concept will contribute to the company’s future success story.”
Vilmantas Mazonas, Managing Director of airBalticTraining:
“Since announcing the establishment of Pilot Academy last December, we have seen tremendous interest from the potential students. We received over 200 applications, from which the first class of 12 students is selected. The theoretical training will begin this March, and in about three months’ time the first class will have the chance to take a seat already on one of the brand new training aircraft.”
airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic also offers direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.
airBalticTraining, a subsidiary of airBaltic, is a training facility offering a wide range of aviation training services in its modern and purpose-built training centre in Riga, Latvia. It was established in 2010 and since then each year provides training to approximately 3000 professionals from across the world – more than 1 500 pilots, almost 1 000 cabin crew members and several hundred of ground handlers, cargo agents, security personnel and others.