|Company slogan||The chain that holds|
|Key people||Avo Tölpt, Janek Valdma, Erko Kundla, Toomas Liiva, Aleksei Lupitski|
Airest (AS Airest) is an Estonian-owned airline that started in January 2002, operating regular cargo and charter passenger flights.
Airest (Airest Inc) is an Estonian private aviation company engaged in commercial cargo air transportation in accordance with EU-OPS Part 1. With the head office in Tallinn Airest provides service to cargo partners in Northern Europe.
In early 2012 Estonian Civil Aviation Administration issued a new Air Operator Certificate to Airest Inc. Three letter designator: AEG; Telephony designator: AIREST CARGO; Sitatex address: XH-TLL-AE (Type B: TLLAEXH).
In late 2012 Airest revealed a new company design, website and bulletin.
On 11 July 2013 AIREST was certified by ECAA as EASA Part 145 maintenance organization. AIREST maintenance organization scope of work is line maintenance on SAAB 340 up to 800FH (included). Tallinn line station started working from 1. of August 2013. In November 2014 Airest opened its 4th line maintenance base in Budapest.
In September 2014 Airest signed agreement for a 5th SAAB 340a aircraft to be added to the fleet. Registration number ES-LSE with a nickname "Echo" will be enjoying its time flying in Hungary and Romania.
On 15 September 2014 Airest is flying to 14 destinations with 4 line maintenance bases.
On 31 August 2015 Airest announced the start of a new brand named "FLYEST". FLYEST is a brand for a new passenger airline with a plan to innovate charter and personal flights also offer services for regional and international flights. Flyest's first aircraft SAAB 340 ES-LSF started flying for Estonian Air on a Stockholm – Tallinn – Saint Petersburg route the same day. For more info about FLYEST please visit: www.flyest.eu.
On 7 November 2015 in connection with the bankruptcy of Estonian Air, Airest is no longer flying on Stockholm – Tallinn – Petersburg route. Airest was also operating on lines to Oslo and Vilnius. In accordance with the feedback from Estonian Air, the service provided by Airest was precise and satisfying.
On 23 November 2015 a deal was closed for buying two SAAB 340 aircraft. Airest is now operating with 8 SAAB 340 aircraft. New members of the fleet are welcomed with nicknames "Golf" and "Hotel" – both being cargo planes and moving to the Budapest station. From today the Budapest station is largest of Airest's 4 stations with 4 aircraft.
On 17 December 2015 Airest's SAAB 340 ES-LSF under the brand FLYEST, started flying on Pori – Helsinki route with a one-year contract.
On 9 October 2017 Airest announced the appointment of Aleksei Lupitski as their new CEO. He assumed responsibilities on the 2nd October succeeding Jaanus Ojamets, who has stepped down for personal reasons. Aleksei Lupitski has vast experience in the airline industry, holding senior management positions at various airlines for the last 20 years. For the past 8 years he was the President & CEO of Lithuanian airline Avion Express. Under Aleksei’s management Avion Express grew from 4x Saab 340 operator to a global wet lease player with a fleet of 16x Airbus A320 family aircraft.
The Airest fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2017):
Fleet before 2012
As of August 2006 the Airest fleet included as per GSA worldwide Nordic European Aviation
- 3 Let L-410 UVP-E registered ES-LLA, ES-LLB and ES-LLC
- 1 Antonov 26B leased for the Tallinn – Helsinki route, registration EW-246TG
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