Nordic Regional Airlines

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This article is about the Finnish airline. For the former Swedish regional airline, see Nordic Regional.
Nordic Regional Airlines Oy
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2011 (as Flybe Nordic)
Frequent-flyer program
  • Finnair Plus
Fleet size 26
Destinations 35
Parent company Finnair Oyj
Headquarters Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
, Finland

Nordic Regional Airlines Oy , also known as Norra, is a Finnish airline owned by Finnair (previously known as Flybe Nordic).[1] The airline began operations on 20 October 2011 as a joint venture between Flybe and Finnair, following their acquisition of Finncomm Airlines. Flybe sold its 60% to Finnair as a temporary solution at a price of one euro (€1) in March 2015. Ownership negotiations with StaffPoint and G.W. Sohlberg are still under way. The airline has operated under Finnair's flight code since 1 May 2015.


The creation of the airline was announced on 1 July 2011, when Flybe and Finnair revealed plans to jointly purchase Finnish Commuter Airlines (FCA) and rebrand the airline Flybe Nordic, with Flybe and Finnair each holding a stake in the new entity.[2] Under the terms of the agreement, contingent on approval by regulatory authorities, the purchase price of FCA was 25 million, of which Flybe would pay €12 million and Finnair €13 million.[3] Flybe has a majority stake in Flybe Nordic, holding a 60% stake in the airline, with Finnair holding the remaining 40%; Flybe has three seats on the airline's board of directors with Finnair having the other two.[3] Flybe planned to invest a total of €23.6 million into the new airline, including expenses such as loan repayments in addition to the purchase price of FCA.[4]

At the time of the announcement of Flybe Nordic's creation, Flybe planned to begin operating the new airline on 1 August 2011, with the FCA name being phased out,[2] though the start date was later pushed back to 30 October.[5] A new route network was also planned to be announced in mid-August.[3]

Flybe announced in November 2014 that it would sell its 60% stake in the airline for €1, in an attempt to reduce group costs.[6] In February 2015 the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority approved the sale of its stake (60%) to StaffPoint Holding and G.W. Sohlberg.[7] Flybe sold its 60% to Finnair as a temporary solution at a price of one euro (€1) in March 2015. Ownership negotiations with StaffPoint and G.W. Sohlberg are still under way. The airline has operated under Finnair's flight code since 1 May 2015.[8]

In May 2015 Flybe Nordic was rebranded as Nordic Regional Airlines, Norra.[9]


Codeshare agreements[edit]

ATR-72–500 landing at Vilnius International Airport (Lithuania).
A Nordic Regional Airlines Embraer 170 in Finnair livery at Joensuu Airport in 2011.

As of November 2014, Flybe Nordic has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


Nordic Regional Airlines operates with 12 ATR 72s, as well 2 Embraer 170s and 12 Embraer 190. The ATR 72 are owned by Finnair, which bought them from FCA at a cost of €104 million, and leased to Nordic Regional Airlines (Flybe at the time), as the Embraer 170s, previously owned by Finnair.[2]

The airline's ATR fleet is currently under the colours of Flybe, but the fleet will receive a new livery during winter 2015-2016. The Embraer fleet will continue under the colours of Finnair.

Nordic Regional Airlines's fleet includes the following aircraft (as of June 2014):[11][12]

Nordic Regional Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
ATR 72-500 12 72 Leased from Finnair[13]
Embraer E-170 2 76 Operated for Finnair, in Finnair livery
Embraer E-190 12 100 Operated for Finnair, in Finnair livery
Total 26
Nordic Regional Airlines Historic Fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired
ATR 42-500 2011 2014


Flybe Finland Ground[edit]

In April 2013 it was announced that Flybe Finland Ground will be established to provide ground services to Flybe operations in Finland. This business will initially focus on the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport where it will develop services to support Flybe’s own operations. In the future Flybe Finland Ground will also offer ground services to other airlines in Finland and overseas.[14]

Flybe Finland Maintenance[edit]

Formerly Finnish Aircraft Maintenance operates as Flybe Finland Maintenance since April 2013. It provides maintenance services for regional aircraft, in particular ATR (aircraft manufacturer) at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.


  1. ^ "Finland's Flybe. Nordic rebrands as Nordic Regional Airlines". 21 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "New Nordic carrier to emerge from Flybe-Finnair tie-up". 1 July 2011. Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Flybe, Finnair To Acquire A Nordic Airline". Aviation Week. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "UPDATE 2-Finnair, Flybe to buy Finnish regional carrier". Reuters UK. 1 July 2011. Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Flybe Nordic Starts Operating 30 October". 25 August 2011. Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Lewin, Joel (12 November 2014). "Flybe agrees to sell Finnish division for €1". Financial Times. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Finnish regulator okays Flybe. Nordic's sell off". Ch-aviation. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Flybe Finland to fly under the Finnair code starting on May 1". World Airline News. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Flybe Finland to rebrand as Nordic Regional Airlines in May". Air Transport World. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e
  11. ^ "Flybe Annual Report 2014" (PDF). Flybe Group plc. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Flybe Finland gave up the ATR42-machines (in Finnish)". Lentoposti. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Finnair leases ATR to Flybe Nordic (now Nordic Regional Airlines)". Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  14. ^ "Fast-growing Flybe Finland establishes new business unit". Invest in EU. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 

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