As the 50th anniversary of the first manned flight into outer space is approaching, airBaltic will have live webcast from the International Space Station at 11:50 AM today (Riga time) - 09.03.2011. Since October 7, astronaut Aleksandr Kaleri, who was born in the Latvian town of Jūrmala, is in command of the station, and will speak to fans around the world.
The live webcast will start at 11:50 on the airBaltic blog blog.airbaltic.com . Anyone around the world can tune in, including viewers at airBaltic’s 80 destinations in Europe, Russia, the CIS and the Middle East. airBaltic fans were able to post questions and vote for the best ones on airBaltic Facebook page. Top 10 of their questions have been posted to Commander Kaleri for answers during the webcast.
Latvian national airline airBaltic, Latvian Television, the Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine are the partners behind the webcast.
For more information about Aleksandr Kaleri, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Kaleri.
AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. The primary shareholders are the Latvian state, with 52.6% of stock, and SIA Baltijas aviācijas sistēmas, with 47.2% of stock. The airBaltic fleet consists of 34 aircraft – six Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300, two Boeing 757-200, ten Fokker 50 airplanes and eight Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic offers nonstop flights from three Baltic capital cities – Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn. airBaltic received the title of Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) from the European Regions Airline Association. airBaltic is the winner of Air Transport World Phoenix Award 2010 – a global recognition of excellence in restructuring business. In summer 2010, airBaltic was chosen for anna.aero ANNIES Award as Europe's largest flag carrier by new routes. airBaltic won a special Pacesetter Award 2010 from the Jury of the Budgies World Low Cost Airline Awards, recognising achievements of airBaltic as a hybrid airline.