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airBaltic Training expands fleet with acquisition of all-electric aircraft

The LOI between airBaltic Training and Diamond Aircraft was signed during the Baltic International Airshow in Liepaja, Latvia © airBaltic Training
The LOI between airBaltic Training and Diamond Aircraft was signed during the Baltic International Airshow in Liepaja, Latvia © airBaltic Training

, a subsidiary of the Latvian airline , has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Diamond Aircraft for the acquisition of three all-electric eDA40 and two DA42-VI aircraft. Consequently, the airBaltic Pilot Academy's fleet will grow to a total of 15 aircraft. The signing occurred during the Baltic International Airshow in Liepaja, Latvia, on June 15-16, 2024. This strategic move underscores airBaltic's commitment to sustainable aviation and the expansion of its Pilot Academy.

The eDA40, set to be the first /FAA-certified electric aeroplane in its category, represents a significant step towards zero-emission flight training. It utilises advanced electric motors with over 94% efficiency and a dual winding/controller for improved reliability and safety. Its all-electric design ensures zero emissions and lower noise levels, making it ideal for eco-friendly pilot training. Additionally, the eDA40 features a dual-string battery system and a fast charging system that can recharge the aircraft in 20-30 minutes, reducing downtime and increasing training efficiency.

“We are excited to announce that our long-time customer airBaltic Training will acquire our all-electric eDA40 and additional DA42-VI aircraft. This investment underscores their commitment to embracing cutting-edge technology and sustainability in flight training,” said Jane Wang, Sales Director  Austria.

“We look forward to continuing our strong partnership and supporting their growth in the years to come,” Wang added. 

There are 136 active students at the airBaltic Pilot Academy at the moment. Most of them are from the Baltic countries, however, there are students also from EU countries such as Denmark, Germany, France, Finland, Spain and Italy among others, and more than 10% of airBaltic Pilot Academy students are female. As for now, 99 students, after graduating, have joined airBaltic.

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