airBaltic boss passes type rating on Airbus A220

+VIDEO It’s not often the boss of an airline takes the trouble to complete – and pass! – a type rating for the latest aircraft to join the fleet but that’s exactly what Martin Gauss, President and Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic, has done.

Gauss has successfully completed his Airbus A220 type rating training course, enabling him to perform captain’s duties on the aircraft and becoming the first airline CEO in the world to have performed type rating on the Airbus A220.

Gauss began his professional career as a Boeing 737 pilot back in 1992 and has maintained his commercial pilot’s licence throughout his career. The Airbus A220 type rating training was performed at the airBaltic Training Centre in Riga, Latvia in October.

Since May 2020, airBaltic has been operating all its flights on the Airbus A220-300. The aircraft has performed beyond expectations, said the company, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and the staff. The new aircraft is also considerably quieter with a four times smaller noise footprint.

airBaltic connects the Baltic region with over 60 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS.