AirBaltic announced it will retire its Fokker 50 fleet this winter season to speed up its fleet modernization process. The Fokker 50s originally were scheduled to operate until 2013. Last year, the carrier introduced Bombardier Q400s to its fleet. "In the past 12 years, the Fokker 50 has served airBaltic very well," said President and CEO Bertolt Flick. "However, the new reality of increasing fuel prices, mounting cost pressures, coupled with volatility of the markets in ...

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