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Martin Gauss is the Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of airBaltic since November 2011. Under his leadership airBaltic was successfully restructured to profitability. The decision to purchase Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300) in 2012 let airBaltic to become the launch operator for that aircraft in 2016. With the development of the new business strategy "Destination 2025" and an order of up to 80 Airbus A220-300 aircraft in 2018 the transition to a single fleet type is planned to be completed by 2023.
Martin Gauss is in the aviation industry for 28 years and he started out as a pilot on Boeing 737 with British Airways subsidiary Deutsche BA in 1992. From 1995 he was working in different management functions of Deutsche BA, and became a joint Managing Director of Deutsche BA (dba) and a 10% stakeholder. Under Martin Gauss dba became profitable and was sold to Air Berlin in 2006. Martin Gauss still holds a Captains license.