Finncomm Airlines

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Finncomm Airlines
Finncomm Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
FC FCM FINNCOMM
Founded 1993
Ceased operations 2011
Hubs Helsinki Airport
Fleet size 16
Destinations 20
Parent company Flybe Nordic (Finnair Oyj 40%, Flybe Group Plc 60%)
Headquarters Seinäjoki Airport
Ilmajoki, Finland
Key people Juhani Pakari, CEO
Website [ www.fc.fi]

Finnish Commuter Airlines Oy, trading as Finncomm Airlines, was a regional airline with its head office on the grounds of Seinäjoki Airport in Ilmajoki, Finland, near Seinäjoki. The carrier operated flights to Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Romania, Sweden and 16 destinations within Finland from its base at Helsinki Airport.[1] The airline was a member of the European Regions Airline Association. Finncomm Airlines was the largest domestic air carrier in Finland in terms of number of flights.[2]

The company was replaced by Flybe Nordic in 2011[3] and was rebranded as Nordic Regional Airlines in May 2015.

History[edit]

A Finncomm ATR 42. (2008)

In 1993, Juhani Pakari and his father started Finncomm Airlines as an Air Taxi business flying light aircraft to remote airstrips which other carriers did not serve. Seeking to acquire an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) to begin scheduled flights, Finncomm partnered with Swedish carrier Golden Air in 1999 until Finncomm could receive their own AOC. The original Golden Air fleet consisted of seven Saab 340s and one Saab 2000.[2]

In September 2003, Finncomm received their own AOC and operations began with one Embraer ERJ-145s leased from Swiss International Air Lines. Inaugural services between Helsinki and Stuttgart were followed by flights to Düsseldorf and Oslo with the arrival of a second ERJ-145 from Swiss International Air Lines in April 2005.[2]

At the 2005 Paris Air Show, Finncomm announced a $250 million contract for eight ATR-42-500 aircraft with options for a further eight. With the arrival of the ATR-42 in late November 2005, the airline could begin to retire the Saab fleet inherited from Golden Air.[2]

In 2006, at the Farnborough Air Show, Finncomm signed a contract which converted four of their ATR-42 orders to the larger ATR-72-500. This was further supplemented by the purchase of an additional three ATR-72 aircraft at a list price of $54 million.[2]

In January 2008 the carrier announced another order for a further five ATR-72-500 aircraft with deliveries between 2009 and 2011. Once all the orders have been fulfilled by ATR, Finncomm will become the largest operator of the ATR-500 series in Europe.[2]

On 9 September 2010, Finnair Group announced that they had signed a preliminary agreement to acquire all the aircraft from Finnish Commuter Airlines Oy and 20% of Finncomm Airlines Oy for the total sum of €48 million.[4] The schedule for completion of the purchase is yet unknown. Finncomm was to retain its own identity and continue operations normally in the Finnair Group.

On 1 July 2011, Finnair and Flybe announced they were to jointly buy Finncomm for €25 million. The company was renamed Flybe Nordic. 60% of shares were owned by Flybe while Finnair owned 40%.[5]

Operations[edit]

Finncomm Airlines Embraer 170 landing at Vilnius

Finncomm employed over 250 staff and in 2008 the carrier flew 870,000 passengers, an increase of 45% over the previous year despite a tough economic climate. The growth allowed an operating profit of over €9.4 million which was a 9.8% increase over 2007. The airline expected to carry over 1,000,000 passengers in 2009.[2]

Finncomm co-operated with Finnair to provide feeder traffic for Finnair's international route network.[6]

The Finnish Civil Aviation Authority (FCAA) ordered some changes to Finncomm's operating procedures and temporarily increased their weather minimums in ATR operations following an incident in late 2006. The incident was investigated and some re-training was ordered by FCAA for pilots regarding new operating procedures. Weather restrictions were lifted and normal operations resumed.[7]

Destinations[edit]

Finncomm Airlines operated the following services (as of June 2011):[8]

Fleet[edit]

The Finncomm Airlines fleet included the following aircraft (as of 13 May 2011):[9]

Finncomm Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
ATR 42-500 4 0 48
ATR 72-500 10 3 68–72
Embraer E170 2 0 76
Total 16 2

Finncomm announced plans to possess 16 ATR-500 series aircraft by the end of 2011, suggesting they planned to convert at least 3 of their options into firm orders.[10]

Environment[edit]

Finncomm Airlines mitigated its environmental impact. The carrier utilised a very modern and fuel efficient fleet of ATRs and Embraers which reduced fuel burn and noise. Finncomm commented that the ATR fleet saved 70,000 tonnes of fuel and 200,000 tonnes of CO2 in a five-year period over a jet fleet.[2] Furthermore, when aircraft were at an airport overnight, they were placed in heated hangars to reduce the amount of de-icing agent used on the aircraft. Finncomm stated that saved 300,000 litres of anti-ice solvents annually.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flight International 3 April 2007
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h “Finncomm Airlines” – Airliner World, July 2009
  3. ^ "Finnish Commuter Airlines Oy". Business Information System. Helsinki: National Board of Patents and Registration, Tax Administration. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Finnair Plc Has Signed A Preliminary Agreement On A Corporate Transaction With Finncomm Oy". Newsclient.omxgroup.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  5. ^ Andrew Trotman (1 July 2011). "Flybe buys Finnish airline following joint-venture with Finnair". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Finnair Oyj Investor News Code-share routes for Finnair and Finncomm". Finncomm Airlines, 18 June 2007. Archived October 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Finncomm aloittanut lentäjiensä täydennyskoulutuksen (in Finnish)". Yleisradio Oy. 18 February 2007. Archived from the original on 27 December 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "Finncomm Destinations". Archived from the original on 14 July 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  9. ^ Finncomm Airlines Destinations
  10. ^ Finncomm fleetArchived December 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Finncomm Environment". Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 

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