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Flybe Nordic to fly 12 Embraer 190s for Finnair

Flybe (Exter) has announced that Flybe Nordic (Helsinki), formerly Finncomm Airlines, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Finnair (Helsinki) to operate 12 Embraer ERJ 190-100LRs for Finnair under a contract flying arrangement. Under the terms of the MOU, the long term ERJ 190 contract will commence on October 28, 2012. Finnair will transfer the aircraft to Flybe Nordic. The aircraft will fly for Finnair on a number of European short haul routes, taking advantage of Flybe Nordic’s competitive cost base.

With this agreement the number of aircraft flown by Flybe Nordic will reach 28, double the number flown when the business commenced operations in August 2011, of which 20 will be flying under contract for Finnair.

Flybe Nordic has been flying eight aircraft on a contract basis for Finnair since August 2011.

Finn Comm Airlines adopted the Flybe brand on October 30, 2011.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. It is unclear if the 12 E190s will retain the Finnair brand or adopt the Flybe brand.

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Finncomm Airlines (Finnish Commuter Airlines) becomes Flybe Nordic

Finncomm Airlines (Finnish Commuter Airlines) (Helsinki), as planned, was turned over to its new owners Flybe (Exeter) (60%) and Finnair (Helsinki) (40%) and became Flybe Nordic (Flybe.fi) on October 30, 2011 with the start of the winter season.

The new owners are adding new routes including the Helsinki-Mariehamn route in the Aland Islands. Flybe will now offer a choice of two flights a day and 22 flights a week on the route

To recognize the start of its new route and highlight its commitment to the Åland Islands, Flybe announced its intention to name an aircraft in honor of the region. The airline will be giving people the opportunity to suggest a suitable name, and details of the plane-naming competition will be announced shortly.

Flybe’s extensive regional winter schedule features a total of 25 routes, including 10 that are brand new, giving passengers a choice of up to 500 flights a week. Flybe’s growing network from Helsinki also offers convenient links for businesspeople and tourists between Åland and important destinations like Karleby-Jakobstad, Kemi-Torneå and Skellefteå.

The nice other new routes in Flybe’s network are as follows:

Helsinki – Jyväskylä (up to 3 daily)
Helsinki – Tartu, Estonia (6 per week)
Helsinki – Trondheim, Norway (4 per week)
Helsinki – Umea, Sweden (4 per week)
Tampere – Tallinn, Estonia (up to 2 daily)
Turku – Tallinn (up to 2 daily)
Vaasa – Tallinn (6 per week)
Oulu – Tallinn (6 per week)
Tallinn – Stockholm Bromma, Sweden (up to 3 daily)

Copyright Photo: Yannick Delamarre. The Finncomm brand is being retired. All aircraft are adopting the Flybe brand.

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Finncomm Airlines is acquired by Flybe and Finnair

Finncomm Airlines (Finnish Commuter Airlines) (Helsinki) was acquired by Flybe (Exter) and Finnair (Helsinki) on August 18. The new entity will be rebranded as Flybe Nordic (flybe.fi) on October 30, 2011.

Flybe now holds a 60 percent majority stake in Flybe Nordic, holding a 60 percent stake, with Finnair holding the remaining 40 percent. Flybe will have three seats on the new airline’s board of directors with Finnair having the other two.

The new owners have announced Flybe Nordics’s expanded route network. The expansion features a total of 24 regional routes offering a choice of up to 416 flights a week. This includes all existing routes previously operated by Finncomm together with the addition of nine brand new routes.

This extended program features four new routes from Helsinki, four from key regional cities in Finland and one between Sweden’s Stockholm Bromma airport and Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn. Four of the new routes offer multiple daily frequencies each with a choice of up to three flights a day.

The nine new routes are as follows:

Helsinki — Mariehamn, Aland (twice daily)
Helsinki – Tartu, Estonia (6 times per week)
Helsinki – Trondheim, Norway (4 per week)
Helsinki – Umea, Sweden (4 per week)
Tampere – Tallinn, Estonia (three times daily)
Turku – Tallinn* (twice daily)
Vaasa – Tallinn* (6 per week)
Oulu – Tallinn* (6 per week)
Tallinn – Stockholm Bromma, Sweden (three flights daily)

*Flights start November 14, 2011.

Copyright Photo: Yannick Delamarre.

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Finncomm Airlines to be acquired by Flybe-Finnair in a joint venture acquisition, will become Flybe Nordic

Finncomm Airlines (Finnish Commuter Airlines) (Helsinki) is being acquired by Flybe (Exeter) and Finnair (Helsinki) in a new joint venture acquisition. Finncomm will be rebranded as Flybe Nordic.

Finncomm Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Yannick Delamarre. Please click on the photo for the full details.

Blue1 and Finnair are facing a strike today

Blue1 (Helsinki), Finnair (Helsinki), Finncomm Airlines and other Finnish airlines are facing a strike today.

Read the full report by Reuters:

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Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Finnair agrees to buy 20% of Finncomm Airlines, expands code-share agreement

Finnair (Helsinki) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Finncomm Oy to buy 20% of Finncomm Airlines (Finnish Commuter Airlines Oy) (FCA) (Helsinki) and all of the stock of the companies that own Finncomm’s 12 ATR aircraft.

Finnair and Finncomm Airlines have also entered into a new commercial agreement for further cooperation on the winter schedule.

According to the Finnair press release, under the new code-share agreement with Finnair, Finncomm will fly the Turku, Tampere and Tallinn flights (as it has to date) and will also fly as a new service the Jyväskylä route, six times per day. Also on the Joensuu, Kuopio and Vaasa routes, Finncomm will fly some of the code-share flights. In addition, cooperation will cover the Norrköping route.

Finncomm Airlines’ route network also includes Kokkola, Kemi, Seinäjoki, Savonlinna and Varkaus.

The new commercial agreement replaces the previously announced agreement between Finnair and the airline Flybe on the arrangement of feeder traffic. Nevertheless, negotiations on cooperation with Flybe in other traffic will
continue.

At the same time, Finnair and Finncomm have signed a preliminary agreement on ownership arrangements through which Finncomm’s current ownership structure will change. Finnair’s objective is to acquire a minority shareholding in the Finncomm Group. A strengthening of the ownership structure through new investors will also be pursued.

Copyright Photo: It will be interesting to see if Finncomm will lose its individual brand and adopt the colors of Finnair. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) F-WWEB (msn 741) arrives back at Toulouse after a test flight in the 2003 livery. It became OH-ATE on delivery.

Finncomm Airlines adds extra domestic flights in Finland

 

 

Copyright Photo: Harri Koskinen. The lease of Embraer ERJ 170-100ST OH-LEI (msn 17000120) came just in time. OH-LEI taxies at the HEL base on the first day of service (November 16).

Finncomm Airlines (Finish Commuter Airlines) (Helsinki) has added extra flights in Finland due to the Finnair strike.

 

 

Press release:

fc.fi/info/finnair_pilots_strike.html