Review of Air Baltic flight Riga Munich in Economy

Airline Air Baltic
Flight BT221
Class Economy
Seat 19A
Aircraft Boeing 737-300
Flight time 02:20
Take-off 25 Apr 19, 07:40
Arrival at 25 Apr 19, 09:00
BT   #6 out of 21 Low-cost airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 53 reviews
FlyAlex
By GOLD 392
Published on 28th April 2019

Hi,

I had an early Check Out from my Hotel to reach the busy Riga Airport at ca. 6:15 AM in the morning. Security check was very well organized but due to the high volume I had to wait for ca. 15 minutes. Once airside I was really surprised by the very nice Riga Airport terminal - actually it became one of my favourites in Europe: it is very modern, offers masses of day lights and big windows with apron views and many nice shops & restaurants in nice Nordic design. On the way to my gate I did some aircraft spotting of different models operating within the airBaltic fleet. 



Finally I reached my gate at the C pier and saw my nice old lady, a Boeing 737-300 with winglets waiting at the gate.


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Boarding started a little bit late onto the very full flight this morning. I passed the Business Class cabin which consisted of three rows separated by a big curtain from Economy Class. The seats there were separated by nice small tables on the middle seats.


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Economy Class seats were ok but offered a rather cramped seat pitch. The pitch on airBaltic 737s is definitely worse than n the new A220s.


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The cabin was really old fashioned . I have not travelled on a old generation Boeing for many years. But still it was somehow nice and offered a charme remembering of past travels some decades ago.


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A manual safety demonstration was conducted and we soon took off for a flight that should take 1 hour 55 minutes.


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Once cruising altitude was reached the cabin crew started the Buy on Board service - however only a few passengers decided to buy something this morning. About 30 minutes into a flight I was served my pre ordered warm breakfast that did cost me 9 EUR while paying online. I also decided to add a cup of tea for additional 3 EUR as the trolley passed by. The breakfast came in a very nice and clver designed box. 


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The content tasted fine and especially the warm omelette tasted amazing: it was one of the best that I ever had - it had some great cream cheese filling.


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We crossed Poland & Czech Republic in nice sunny skies.


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Finally we started our approach into Munich offering nice sunny views of the Alps before parking at Terminal 1 next to an Onur Air Airbus from Turkey.


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Thanks for reading,
FlyAlex 

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Verdict

Air Baltic

7.1/10
Cabin6.0
Cabin crew7.5
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Buy-on-board menu9.0

Riga - RIX

8.5/10
Efficiency8.0
Access7.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness9.0

Munich - MUC

7.8/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

This was a nice flight although the new A220s of airBaltic for sure are nicer than the old Boeing 737s. The pre ordered breakfast box was great and can really be recommended.

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