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BLT-VISIT NEW YORK
BLT-VISIT ST PETERSBURG
Formed in 1989. International, charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
63-25 Saunders St, Ste 71
Rego Park, NY 11374, USA
Base of Operations:
Unit 262 089, Terminal 4
John F Kennedy International Airport
Jamaica, New York 11430, USA
USA (United States of America) was established in 1776, it covers an area of 9,363,123 sq km, its population is 280 million, its capital city is Washington DC, and its official language is English.
NOVEMBER 1995: BALTIA AIRLINES (BLT) IS NOW TALKING TO UNITED AIRLINES (UAL) ABOUT 747-100B'S FOR 1ST NON-STOP PALLETIZED/CONTAINERIZED CARGO SERVICE TO ST PETERSBURG, WHICH IS GROWING AT +200% ANNUALLY.
JULY 1997: DELAYED START-UP AGAIN OF NEW YORK (JFK) TO ST PETERSBURG. STILL PLANS TO ACQUIRE 2 747-100'S, EX-UNITED AIRLINES (UAL) WITH MAINTENANCE TRAINING FROM EVERGREEN INTERNATIONAL (EVR). IN MAKING AN APPLICATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT), BALTIA AIR LINES (BLT) STATES PASSENGER VOLUME NEW YORK - ST PETERSBURG DOUBLED DURING 1994 - 1995.
SEPTEMBER 1997: THE (DOT) OK'S DEFERRING START OF NEW YORK TO ST PETERSBURG UNTIL FEBRUARY 1998. IN THE MEANTIME, DELTA AIR LINES (DAL) WILL FLY THE ROUTE.
OCTOBER 1997: COMMON STOCK OFFERING TO NET $5.85 MILLION. USA POST OFFICE MAY CONTRACT HALF OF ALL USA - RUSSIA MAIL. 747-100 TO INCLUDE SPARE ENGINE, PARTS, HEAVY MAINTENANCE & GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT (GSE) FROM (UAL) FOR LEASE $75,000 - $150,000/MONTH.
FEBRUARY 1998: REQUESTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT (DOT) TO DELAY START-UP UNTIL MAY 1998.
JUNE 1999: BALTIA AIR LINES (BLT) IS CLOSE TO LOSING ITS AUTHORITY TO SERVE ST PETERSBURG FROM NEW YORK, AFTER FAILING TO SECURE FINANCE. HAD PLANNED TO RAISE $5 MILLION TO LEASE A 747-200 FROM CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT) TO COMMENCE 5 TIMES/WEEK SERVICE.
August 2002: Hans Wolf, Director Cargo.
December 2005: Baltia Airlines (BLT) is still planning to launch nonstop service from New York (JFK) to St Petersburg, Riga, Moscow, Minsk, & Kiev using 747's. According to its website (http://www.baltiaairlines.com) (BLT) also plans to serve Vilnius and Tallinn through connecting flights via Riga & St Petersburg.
Plans to employ 75 Flight Crew (FC), 300 Cabin Attendants (CA), 60 Maintenance Technicians (MT), & 45 Administrative personnel.
Business Services: (Telephone: +1 (718) 275-5205).
March 2006: Baltia Air Lines (BLT), a New York-based start-up airline is continuing its preparations for the start of service later this year with one 747. (BLT) will operate out of Terminal Four at John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York.
(BLT)'s objective is to operate in a niche market flying 747s nonstop from (JFK) to St Petersburg, Russia; Riga, Latvia; Moscow, Russia; Minsk, Belarus; and Kiev, Ukraine.
(BLT) said it has secured one 747 for use beginning later this year.
The 747 enables (BLT) to provide spacious three-class seating layout, and it also provides the cargo capacity necessary for the market. Future plans call for the airline to operate four 747s in passenger, charter and cargo services.
May 2006: Continues its preparations for the start of service later this year with 1 747 airplane. Has secured facilities at New York (JFK) Airport's Terminal Four and plans to offer nonstop flights to St Petersburg in Russia and other cities within the Baltic region.
June 2006: Baltia Air Lines (BLT) announced it is getting closer to starting nonstop service from New York (JFK) to St Petersburg. The airline plans on using 747 equipment and will add service from (JFK) to Kiev, Minsk and Riga at a later stage.
February 2009: Baltia Air Lines (BLT) announced commencement of the (FAA) Air Operator Certification (AOC) process. (BLT) intends to launch New York (JFK) - St Petersburg 747 flights and eventually plans to operate between major USA markets and Eastern Europe.
March 2009: Baltia Air Lines (BLT) was allocated one weekly frequency to St Petersburg from (JFK) by the USA Department of Transportation (DOT) for service to begin by September 30.
August 2009: Baltia Air Lines (BLT), a New York (JFK)-based start-up intending to serve Eastern European countries from the former Soviet Union, said it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to purchase one 747.
November 2009: Baltia Air Lines (BLT) took delivery of its first 747-282B (21035, N559EV), bought from Logistic Air, ex-(AP-AYW), ex-Evergreen International Airlines (EVR). (BLT) said the airplane was purchased and "paid for in full" and that it "has no debt, and it intends to expand its fleet using revenues generated once it starts flight operations."
December 2009: The New York to St Petersburg air route is a huge market directly connecting two major, world-renowned cities with populations of 10 million and 6 million, respectively. New York is the origin of more than one third of all traffic to and from Russia. More than one million Russians live in New York and the surrounding areas and virtually every major USA corporation, from Ford to Coca-Cola, has offices in St Petersburg.
St Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and the fourth largest city in all of Europe, following Paris, London, and Moscow. Over 1 million USA travelers go to St Petersburg every year, while $1 billion in cargo is shipped there annually. St Petersburg is a leading center of Russian commerce, industry and transportation with two airports, five major rail terminals, Russia’s busiest seaport, an interstate hub and thousands of factories and businesses, many with Western partners. St Petersburg has also become one of the seven leading tourist destinations in the world with new hotels, restaurants and attractions being built virtually every month. Founded by Peter the Great, and called “The Venice Of The North,” the city has hundreds of beautiful canals and bridges as well as world-famous cultural landmarks such as the Hermitage, Mariinsky Theater, Petrodvorets, and many more.
June 2010: (ICAO) Code: BTL (Callsign - BALTIA FLIGHT).
August 2010: Baltia Air Lines (BLT) 747-282B (21035, N705BL) has entered Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Engineering & Maintenance facility at Kuala Lumpur to undergo a full "D" airplane maintenance check.
December 2010: Baltia Air Lines (BLT) announced it has purchased a 747-251B (21705, N706BL) from Kalitta Air (KAC), previously operated by Northwest Airlines (NWA). This is (BLT)'s second 747.
January 2011: Long-planned USA start-up, Baltia Air Lines (BLT) anticipates a second-quarter launch according to President, Igor Dmitrowsky. (BLT) is undergoing FAA certification. President, Igor Dmitrowsky said "Significant progress has been made in the FAA Air Carrier Certification document process and that (BLT) is anticipating a second quarter launch. The document phase of the certification has been an extremely involved process and the accomplishments to date are the result of hard work put in by our dedicated staff. There are still other pre-launch certification tasks to be accomplished such as the completion of the Safety Attribute Inspection; audit process of the manuals; the completion of maintenance on our recently acquired 747-251B airplane; the training of our flight crew members; and the mini evacuation test and proving flights, which should be completed prior to our inaugural flight."
(BLT)'s goal is to become the leading USA airline in the trans-Atlantic market between the major USA cities and capi8tal cities of Eastern Europe, including Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, and Belarus. (BLT) intends to provide high quality, three calss passenger service, and reliable cargo and mail transportation. (BLT) plans to launch as the only USA airline connecting directly with scheduled flights, two of the world's most prominent cities: New York and St Petersburg.
Last April, (BLT) signed a lease agreement for office space at St Petersburg Pulkovo and in December it purchased its second 747.
December 2012: Baltia Air Lines (BLT) opened a base of operations at Willow Run Airport in Michigan. It is now undergoing (FAA) air carrier certification.
April 2014: Baltia Air Lines (BLT)’s Boeing 747 has entered scheduled maintenance inspection in preparation for operation.
2 ORDERS 747-100, EX-(UAL), MAINT BY (EVR).
1 747-251B (JT9D-7Q) (374-21705, /79 N706BL), EX-(NWA), BF KALITTA AIR (KAC) 2010-12. 67C, 282Y.
1 747-282B (JT9D-7A) (256-21035, /75 N705BL), BF LOGISTIC AIR 2009-11, EX-EVERGREEN INTERNATIONAL (EVR), EX-(AP-AYW). FERRIED KUALA LUMPUR FOR MAINTENANCE PRIOR TO RETURN TO SERVICE. 18C, 384Y.
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BLT-BOB STROM VP PR 2009-12
IGOR DMITROWSKY, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
RUSSELL THAL, EXECUTIVE VP.
BARRY CLARE, VP FINANCE (+1 (212) 464-8201).
STEFFANIE LEWIS, GENERAL COUNSEL.
STEVEN ORLIKOFF, SPECIAL COUNSEL.
JOSEPH SMOLTZ, CHIEF OF OPERATIONS.
CAPTAIN LARRY HECKER, VP OPERATIONS, EX-(TWA).
VICTORIA CHARLTON, VP MARKETING.
ANDRIS RUKMANIS, VP EUROPE.
BRIAN GLYNN, VP PASSENGER SERVICES.
BOB STROM, VP PUBLIC RELATIONS (PR) (+1 (818) 216-1103).
CAPTAIN NICK OPPEGARD, DIRECTOR GENERAL PLANNING.
SARA BELSHAW, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY.
TIMOTHY GARRETT, INSPECTOR GENERAL OF SAFETY.
PAULINE JONES, DIRECTOR IN-FLIGHT SERVICES.
HELENE PELED, DIRECTOR STATION SERVICES.
KARI TIKKANEN, DIRECTOR CARGO.
WILLIAM KASSAR, DIRECTOR INVESTOR RELATIONS.
RITA GURVICH, DIRECTOR PERSONNEL.
NINA MOROZOVA, DIRECTOR ACCOUNTING.
BOB VOLPE, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL OPERATIONS, EX-(TOW)/(TCI).
MICHAEL JEFFERSON, DIRECTOR AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE.
CAPTAIN GLENN JOHNMEYER, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS & CHIEF PILOT.
JOSEPH PAMPALONE, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS CONTROL.
ANATOLY GROMOV, OPERATIONS MANAGER ST PETERSBURG STATION.