YPSILANTI, Mich., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Baltia Air Lines (BLTA) filed an 8K Report showing that it has successfully completed the Gate 1 requirements and has advanced into Phase II of the FAA Air Carrier Certification process. The Report states: On March 28, 2013, at the FAA East Michigan Flight Standards District Office Baltia Air Lines senior staff and their FAA counterparts conducted a Formal Meeting to review Baltia's certification documentation and management readiness. On April 10, 2013, Baltia received confirmation that Baltia's management personnel, system design, and other supporting documentation were found to be satisfactory. The FAA Certification Team has determined that Baltia meets the requirements of FAA Order 8900.1 Volume 10 Chapter 2 Section 6 and is fit to enter into Phase II of the ATOS Certification Process. Mr. Igor Dmitrowsky, President of Baltia stated, "Obtaining our gate passage is the single most stringent requirement of the certification process. It's a major milestone in our company's rapid progress toward becoming America's newest airline." Mr. Dmitrowsky further stated, "I am proud of our staff whose dedication has made this milestone event possible. Everyone at Baltia is excited about this major accomplishment." In an interview, Mr. Barry Clare, Vice President of Finance stated, "There are no words to express the elation I had when Baltia was told that it had obtained gate passage. The staff and all of Baltia's shareholders have been waiting for this event for a very long time. Everyone at Baltia was hugging and congratulating each other when news of the gate passage was received." Mr. Clare also stated, "I would like to thank all of Baltia's shareholders for their support and for believing in us. I'm very proud to be part of America's newest airline." About Baltia Baltia's goal is to become the leading U.S. airline in the trans-Atlantic market between major U.S. cities and capital cities of Eastern Europe, including Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Baltia intends to provide high quality three-class passenger service, and reliable cargo and mail transportation. Baltia plans to begin their foreign scheduled air transportation as the only U.S. airline offering nonstop service to St. Petersburg, Russia. For more information on Baltia visit the company web site at: www.Baltia.com. Baltia is America's newest airline currently undergoing FAA Air Carrier Certification. No ticket sales are currently available.