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Finnair extends its network in Norway by deepening its cooperation with Widerøe

Finnair is extending its cooperation with Widerøe and will add nine new destinations to its network in Norway. Widerøe (WF) is based in Norway and is Northern Europe’s largest regional carrier.

Within the codeshare agreement, Finnair’s AY code will be added to several routes operated by Widerøe from Finnair’s current destinations in Norway – Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø. The codeshare agreement extends Finnair’s reach in Norway, and offers new connections for Finnair’s customers traveling to and from Norway.

From May 25, 2018 onwards Finnair customers can connect with Widerøe’s flights from

  • Oslo to Florø, Ørsta-Volda, Svolvær, Leknes and Stokmarknes
  • Bergen to Tromsø, Bodø, Kristiansund, Molde, Florø and to Billund in Denmark
  • Tromsø to Kirkenes and to Stokmarknes.

The codeshare agreement expands Finnair’s current cooperation with Widerøe. As of May 15, Widerøe operates Finnair’s flights from Helsinki to Bergen and Tromsø on Finnair’s behalf.

Photo: Embraer. Widerøe’s first Embraer E190-E2, registered as LN-WEA (msn 190) was handed over on April 4, 2018 and entered service on April 24, 2018.

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Widerøe introduces the Embraer E190-E2 into revenue service

Widerøe today (April 24) became the first airline in the world to put the new Embraer E190-E2 into revenue service.

The brand new aircraft type was introduced on flight WF622 this morning on the Bergen-Tromsø route.

Embraer made this announcement:

Widerøe, Scandinavia’s largest regional airline, completed the first scheduled passenger flight of an Embraer E190-E2 this morning, April 24. The aircraft, registered LN-WEA and operating as flight WF622, departed Bergen Airport on time at 7:35 AM and arrived at Tromsø Airport two hours later at 9:35 AM local time. The flight was sold out.

Today’s flight marks the official entry into service of the first of three new E-Jets E2s that Embraer has developed to succeed its first-generation E-Jets. Deliveries of the larger E195-E2 are planned to start in 2019, and in 2021 for the smaller E175-E2.

Widerøe passengers experienced a quiet, environmentally-friendly flight on the 672 nm sector. The E190-E2 has the lowest external noise and emissions levels of any aircraft in its category and burns 17.3% less fuel than the current-generation E190.

The completely redesigned and pleasant E2 cabin interior features new acoustic treatments, an improved quiet air conditioning system and more stowage space. In some flight conditions, cabin noise levels in the E2 are 50% lower than in the main competitor.

The lowest community noise margins in the airline industry were achieved through a combination of low-drag and low-noise airframe design with outstanding field performance. These features reduce required engine thrust making the E2 much quieter during approach and take-off.

Widerøe will receive two more E190-E2s this year. It holds purchase rights for an additional 12 E2s. The total value of the order is approximately USD 873 million if all rights are exercised.

For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating across a range of business applications.

Photo: Widerøe.

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Embraer delivers the first E190-E2 to Widerøe

Embraer made this announcement of April 4, 2018:

Embraer and Widerøe, Scandinavia’s largest regional airline, celebrated the delivery of the manufacturer’s first production E190-E2 today at a ceremony at Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos. The Norwegian airline will start flying the new aircraft on domestic routes later this month.

The E190-E2 is the first of three new-generation aircraft seating from 80 to 146-seat E-Jets to be introduced through 2021. Widerøe’s E190-E2 is configured with 114 seats in a single-class layout. Widerøe has contracted for up to 15 E-Jets E2s – three firm E190-E2 orders and purchase rights for an additional 12 E2s. The total value of the order is approximately USD 873 million if all rights are exercised.

The E190-E2 received Type Certification on February 28. It is the first time an aircraft program with the level of complexity of the E2 has received Type Certificates simultaneously from three major worldwide authorities: Brazil’s Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC), the FAA (the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration) and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).

The E190-E2 features new ultra-high bypass ratio engines and a completely new wing and landing gear. Compared to the first-generation E190, 75% of the aircraft systems are new. Embraer recently announced some final flight tests results confirming the E2 as the most efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market. In fuel consumption, the E190-E2 proved to be 1.3% better than originally expected, a 17.3% improvement compared to the current- generation E190. The E190-E2 is also the aircraft with the lowest level of external noise and emissions in the segment. Flight test results also confirmed the E190-E2 to be better than its original specification in takeoff performance. The aircraft’s range from airports with hot-and-high conditions, such as Denver and Mexico City, increases by 600 nm compared to current generation aircraft. Its range from airports with short runways, such as London City, also increases by more than 1,000 nm allowing the aircraft to reach destinations like Moscow and the north of Africa.

The E190-E2 will also have the longest maintenance intervals among single-aisle aircraft with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit for typical utilization. This means an additional 15 days of aircraft utilization over ten years compared to current generation E-Jets. Another key gain is with pilot transition training time. Pilots of current-generation E-Jets will need only 2.5 days of training and no full flight simulator to be qualified to fly an E2.

Widerøe’s E190-E2 fleet will have the support of the Flight Hour Pool Program which covers more than 300 key rotable components. Embraer’s Flight Hour Pool Program, which currently supports more than 40 airlines worldwide, is designed to allow airlines to minimize their upfront investment in expensive repairable inventories and resources and take advantage of Embraer’s technical expertise and vast component repair service provider network. This results in significant savings in repair and inventory carrying costs, reduction in required warehouse space, and the elimination of resources required for repair management, all while providing guaranteed performance levels.

Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and the E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating across a range of business applications.

Widerøe today celebrated the commercial debut of the all-new Embraer E190-E2 as it took delivery of the its first copy.

The pictured Embraer E190-E2 LN-WEA also introduces a new livery for the carrier.

Previously the airline made this comment:

Widerøe is proud to be selected global launch customer for the newly developed Embraer flagship, the E-Jet E2.  Being the very first airline to put these new generation aircrafts into service, Widerøe strives to lower its carbon footprint and impact on the environment. The E2’s class leading design, combined with the very latest in propulsion technology, will certainly make Widerøe, one of the greenest airlines in the world.

E190-E2, facts:

Max operating speed: 890 km/h
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 1919G Geared turbofan
Wing span: 33,7 meter
Length:  36,3 meter
Number of seats: 114
Seat configuration: 2+2
Number of aircraft in order: 3

 

Widerøe Airlines will fly its 114-seat E190-E2, registration number LN-WEA, between Bergen and Tromsø starting on April 24. You can catch either of these flights on that day:

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WF617 TOS1115 BGO1315

On April 26, Widerøe will fly the E190-E2 between Bergen and Bodø:

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After these two inaugural flights, the operating times will change for the E190-E2 on these two routes so it’s best to check the Widerøe website for the most up-to-date information.

Starting in mid-August, Widerøe is introducing new nonstop flights between Bergen and Germany with the E190-E2. You’ll find the new aircraft on these routes:

Between Bergen and Hamburg

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WF209 HAM2155 BGO2325 – Day 2,4,7

Between Bergen and Munich

WF218 BGO1750 MUC2015 – Day 1,3,5

WF219 MUC2110 BGO2330 – Day 1,3 5

Widerøe is expanding its domestic and international network. In the summer, the carrier will also introduce nonstop flights between Bergen and Billund and Gothenburg, and between Kristiansand and London.

Top Photo: Embraer.

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KLM signs a code share agreement with Widerøe

Wideroe (Widerøe's Flyveselskap AS) Bombardier DHC-8-103 LN-WIA (msn 359) BOO (Wingnut). Image: 909356.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Widerøe announced on February 20 that they have signed a codeshare agreement, which expands the global route offering for both companies.

The two airlines now jointly offer several destinations in Norway, which means that passengers can fly with both airlines on the same booking. Thanks to the new agreement, which will come into force on February 21, KLM and Widerøe will offer customers new opportunities and flexibility to choose from a larger number of destinations for their travels, including domestic Norwegian routes to smaller destinations.

KLM will add a KL code on Widerøe’s Norwegian domestic routes, which allows passengers from around the world to change flights in Oslo, Trondheim or Bergen to continue their journey with the same ticket and a one-stop check-in to a number of smaller airports around Norway.

As of February 21, the cooperation will cover the following routes:

  • Bergen (BGO) – Tromsø (TOS), Bodø (BOO), Kristiansund (KSU), Molde (MOL), Ålesund (AES) and Florø (FRO)
  • Trondheim (TRD) – Tromsø (TOS), Kristiansund (KSU) and Harstad / Narvik (EVE).
  • Oslo (OSL) – Florø (FRO), Ørsta / Volda (HOV), Leknes (LKN), Svolvær (SVJ), Stokmarknes (SKN), Mo i Rana (MQN)

Copyright Photo: Wideroe (Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS) Bombardier DHC-8-103 LN-WIA (msn 359) BOO (Wingnut). Image: 909356.

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Widerøe announces five new international routes

Widerøe continues to expand their international and Norwegian domestic services. In June and August 2018 five new international services will be started; between Bergen and Munich, Hamburg, Billund, Gothenburg – and between Kristiansand and London (Stansted).

At the same time there will be an increase in the number of domestic departures from Kjevik. In total, Widerøe increase their passenger capacity by 180,000 seats from Bergen and Kristiansand, to Germany, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom and Trondheim.
The company in April will be adding its new 114-seat, eco-friendly jet aircraft take off from Bergen to Tromsø and Bodø. These super-modern E190-E2 aircraft (above) will also be put into operation on the new international services to Hamburg and Munich, which start up on August 13, 2018 and  August 14, 2018, states Stein Nilsen,CEO of Widerøe.
New livery coming?
On June 25, 2018 the service between Bergen and Billund will start up, and in the late summer a further four services will be opened up to/from destinations in Europe.
Here are the new Widerøe services from Bergen:
Bergen-Billund: Monday, Wednesday, Friday-departure 10.45, return 12.30 (first departure on June 25).
Bergen-Munich: Monday, Wednesday, Friday-departure 17.50, return 21.10 (first departure on August 13).
Bergen-Hamburg: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday-departure 19.40, return 21.55 (first departure on August 14)
Bergen-Gothenburg: Thursday, Sunday-departure 10.45, return 12.20 (first departure August 16)

Wideroe (Widerøe's Flyveselskap AS) Bombardier DHC-8-103 LN-WIA (msn 359) TRD (Ton Jochems). Image: 912543.

Above Copyright Photo: Wideroe (Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS) Bombardier DHC-8-103 LN-WIA (msn 359) TRD (Ton Jochems). Image: 912543.
New services from Kristiansand to London and Trondheim:
From August 13, 2018 Widerøe will fly the new route Kristiansand-London (Stansted) on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Departure time will be 17:30, with return 20:00.
There will be a new morning departure to Trondheim on weekdays at 06.30, with return 08.20. There are also new services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with departure 10.50 and return 15.30. The current afternoon departure on weekdays will continue on every day with departure 17.25 and return 19.35. The first, new morning departure starts on June 25, 2018, and from August 13, 2018 the whole of the new flight program from Kjevik will be operational.
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Wideroe to operate E190 flights for Finnair from Bergen and Tromsø to Helsinki

Finnair has made this announcement:

As a part of its growth strategy, Finnair will open new routes between its Helsinki hub and Bergen and Tromsø in Norway in May 2018, connecting the regions to Finnair’s extensive Asian network.

The routes will be operated by Norwegian regional airline Wideroe, and the flights are sold and marketed by Finnair. The onboard service will be based on the Finnair dual class service concept.

As of May 15, 2018, Wideroe will operate the Finnair flight from Bergen to Helsinki daily, with a brand-new Embraer 190-E2 aircraft (above). The flight’s schedule will connect to Finnair’s Asian flights as well as to Finnair’s European network. Finnair also continues to fly to Bergen via Stockholm. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, located by the Atlantic coast and surrounded by seven mountains. The city is known for its small-town charm, breathtaking scenery and ideal opportunities for exploring the beautiful fjords of Norway.

The flight between Tromsø in northern Norway and Helsinki takes place once a week on Saturdays, with the schedule connecting to Finnair’s Asian flights as well as European flights. Tromsø is situated 350 kilometers north of the Arctic circle, and is famous for its artic nature, the northern lights and a wide variety of outdoor activities ranging from hiking to whale watching.

Both Bergen and Tromsø are ports for the popular Hurtigruten cruises along the Norwegian coastline.

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Widerøe to become an Embraer E190-E2 jet operator

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Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, for up to 15 Embraer E2 family jets. The contract consists of three firm orders for the E190-E2 and purchase rights for 12 further E2 family aircraft. This flexible mix of purchase rights for E175-E2, E190-E2, and E195-E2 will give Widerøe the ability to grow their fleet with a family of aircraft from 80 to 130+ seats, to right size capacity to meet market requirements.

 

Widerøe will configure the E190-E2s in a comfortable single-class layout with 114 seats. Deliveries are scheduled for 2018. This deal brings the E-Jets E2 backlog to 275 firm orders plus Letters of Intent, options and purchase rights covering another 415 aircraft giving a total of 690 commitments from airlines and leasing companies.

The flies close to 3 million passengers annually and flies to 46 domestic and international destinations. Widerøe operates more than 450 flights every day and operates to more than twice as many airports in Norway than any other airline. Today our network consists of 60% commercial routes, and 40% PSO routes (Public Services Obligations).

Image: Embraer.

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