Nordic Regional Airlines

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Nordic Regional Airlines
NordicRegionalAirlinesLogo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
AY FIN FINNAIR
Founded 2011 (as Flybe Nordic)
Commenced operations May 2015
(as Nordic Regional Airlines)
Hubs Helsinki Airport
Frequent-flyer program Finnair Plus
Alliance Oneworld (affiliate)
Fleet size 23
Destinations 35
Parent company Finnair
Headquarters Vantaa, Finland
Website flynorra.com

Nordic Regional Airlines Oy, trading as Norra (often stylized as N°RRA) and previously known as Flybe Nordic,[1] is a Finnish regional airline and a subsdiary of Finnair.

The airline began operations as Flybe Nordic 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 company's head office and operations centre is located in Vantaa, Finland, near Helsinki, while the office in Seinäjoki houses the company's financial division.[2]

History[edit]

ATR-72-500 in former Flybe Nordic livery

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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,[3] though the start date was later pushed back to 30 October.[6] A new route network was also planned to be announced in mid-August.[4]

Flybe announced in November 2014 that it would sell its 60% stake in the airline for €1, in an attempt to reduce group costs.[7] In February 2015 the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority approved the sale of its stake (60%) to StaffPoint Holding and G.W. Sohlberg.[8] 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.[9] In May 2015 Flybe Nordic was rebranded as Nordic Regional Airlines, Norra.[10]

Destinations[edit]

Nordic Regional Airlines head office in Vantaa

Codeshare agreements[edit]

As of November 2014, Flybe Nordic has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[11]

Fleet[edit]

Norra ATR-72-500
Norra Embraer 190 in Finnair livery

Current fleet[edit]

Nordic Regional Airlines's fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[12]

Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J W Y
Total
ATR 72-500 11 0 0 68 68 leased from Finnair[13][3]
72 72
Embraer 190 12 0 0 100 100 operated for Finnair
Total 23

Historic fleet[edit]

Now phased out Norra ATR-42-500
Nordic Regional Airlines Historic Fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired
ATR 42-500 2011 2014
Embraer 170 2005 2016

Subsidiaries[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Finland's Flybe. Nordic rebrands as Nordic Regional Airlines". ch-aviation.com. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "About Us." Nordic Regional Airlines. Retrieved on October 25, 2016. "Nordic Regional Airlines Oy Öljykuja 2, 01530 Vantaa, Finland"
  3. ^ a b c "New Nordic carrier to emerge from Flybe-Finnair tie-up". Flightglobal.com. 1 July 2011. Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Flybe, Finnair To Acquire A Nordic Airline". Aviation Week. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Flybe Nordic Starts Operating 30 October". Scandasia.com. 25 August 2011. Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Lewin, Joel (12 November 2014). "Flybe agrees to sell Finnish division for €1". Financial Times. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Finnish regulator okays Flybe. Nordic's sell off". Ch-aviation. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Flybe Finland to fly under the Finnair code starting on May 1". World Airline News. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Flybe Finland to rebrand as Nordic Regional Airlines in May". Air Transport World. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  11. ^ http://www.flybe.com/franchises-codeshares/codeshares/codeshares.htm
  12. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 14. 
  13. ^ "Finnair leases ATR to Flybe Nordic (now Nordic Regional Airlines)". Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  14. ^ "Fast-growing Flybe Finland establishes new business unit". Invest in EU. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Flybe Nordic at Wikimedia Commons