Nordica (airline)

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IATA ICAO Callsign
LO a LOT a LOT a
Founded September 25, 2015 (2015-09-25)
Commenced operations November 8, 2015 (2015-11-08)
Frequent-flyer program Miles & More
Alliance Star Alliance
Subsidiaries Regional Jet OÜ
Fleet size 18
Destinations 19
Parent company

Nordic Aviation Group AS

Government of Estonia
Headquarters Tallinn, Estonia
Key people
  • Hannes Saarpuu (CEO)
  • Ahto Pärl (CFO)
  • Kristel Penu (CCO)
Revenue Increase €83 million (2017)
Profit Increase €0.9 million (2017)
Employees 550[citation needed]
a. Although the subsidiary Regional Jet has an air operator's certificate, Nordica regular flights currently use the airline codes of LOT, except for flights to Russia.[1][2][3][4]

Nordica is the state-owned Estonian flag carrier headquartered in Tallinn and based at Tallinn Airport. It was formed after the 2015 bankruptcy of the previous flag carrier Estonian Air.


The company was founded on 25 September 2015 by the decision of the Estonian Government,[5] following the liquidation of the previous national carrier, Estonian Air. Operations started on 8 November 2015. Its first flight left Tallinn for Amsterdam on 8 November 2015, the first flight with Estonian service on the same route was on 20 January 2016.[citation needed]

On 30 March 2016, the new brand name Nordica was announced.[6][7][8] Erik Sakkov, previous board member of the company, explained the airline's naming with Estonia's alignment with Northern Europe and with country's leaders wish to reflect it in the name of the national carrier. He also noted that Nordica is logical follow-up to its previous name, Nordic Aviation Group.[9]

In the first year Slovenian Adria Airways operated most of Nordica's flights while Nordica built up its own fleet and crew. 19 November 2016 Nordica entered into a strategic partnership with LOT Polish Airlines, using the latter's commercial platform, ticketing system and flight code.[10] Since most of the flights are marketed by LOT Polish Airlines, which owns 49% of the shares and is a member of Star Alliance,[11] Nordica also carries LOT's flight codes and callsign on most of its flights.

Through its subsidiary Regional Jet in a partnership with Scandinavian Airlines, Regional Jet operates four ATR72-600s between Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg, Billund, Goteborg, Hanover and other SK destinations.[12]

Since March 2018, Nordica has opened a new base at Groningen Airport Eelde, located in the north of the Netherlands.[citation needed] This new base serves 4 routes to Copenhagen and Munich throughout the year and to Ibiza and Nice in the summer.


As of October 2017, Nordica serves several cities mainly throughout Central, Northern and Western Europe.[13]

Codeshare agreements[edit]


As of September 2017, the Nordica fleet consists of the following aircraft:[15]

Nordica fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
P Y Total
ATR 72-600 7 70 70 4 operated for Scandinavian Airlines[12]
Bombardier CRJ700 2 4 66 70
Bombardier CRJ900 10 3 2 86 88
88 90
Total 19 3


  1. ^ "Regional Jet AOC" (PDF). Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Nordica is spreading its wings - our new strategic partner is LOT Polish Airlines". Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  3. ^ "IATA IOSA EE". Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  4. ^ ERR (2017-05-15). "Passengers unable to book Nordica flights to Saint Peterburg online". ERR. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  5. ^ "Nordic Aviation Group takes over Estonian Air routes". Eesti Rahvusringhääling. 7 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Ettevõttest". Nordic Aviation Group. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016.
  7. ^ Dron, Alan (11 March 2016). "Estonia's Nordic Aviation rebrands as Nordica". Air Transport World.
  8. ^ Tubalkain, Marge (28 March 2016). "Nordica: oleme kriitikast üllatunud". Postimees.
  9. ^ Nordica - the story behind the new name of the airline
  10. ^ "Estonian Nordica enters into strategic partnership with Polish LOT". 4 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Star Alliance". Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Regional Jet OÜ takes over ATR production for SAS". Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Where we fly". Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  14. ^ Liu, Jim (15 June 2018). "TAP Air Portugal / Nordica begins codeshare partnership from June 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  15. ^ "ECAA Aircraft Register". Retrieved 7 September 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Nordica at Wikimedia Commons