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Nordica to retire its brand, will hand over ticket sales to LOT, will only continue operating flights for LOT

Nordica (Adria Airways) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) ES-ACG (msn 15277) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 935492.

Nordica has made this dramatic announcement that will retire the Nordica brand:

Nordica and LOT have signed a renewed cooperation agreement under which LOT will take over the management of ticket sales and customer service and Nordica will focus solely operating flights.

As a result of the reorganization, five unprofitable routes will be suspended from the end of October until an improvement in the competitive situation is seen. Flights will continue from Tallinn to Stockholm, Brussels and Warsaw, which will be serviced by LOT from the  July 1, 2019.

According to Kristi Ojakäär, a member of Nordica’s Management Board, this is a forward-looking business decision. “Nordica has a duty to ensure the airline’s profitability and sustainability – this is what the ownership expects of us. Strong competition and oversupply of seats on Tallinn routes do not allow us to operate profitably, today. In order to maintain readiness and our ability to provide the necessary regional air connections to Estonia in the future, Nordica will continue to provide air services and LOT will deal with routes and ticket sales and will carry the commercial risk,” explained Ojakäär.

“Until today, Nordica had been carrying the commercial risk on all Tallinn routes and had simultaneously provided the air services. In foreign markets, however, we have been performing the role of a direct air service provider for several years, leaving the commercial risk to the vendor. We will now implement this model in all markets,” said Ojakäär.

The total volume of Nordica’s flights and the number of crew working for the airline will not decrease. At the same time, Nordica, who has so far used LOT’s ticketing system, will start developing its own commercial platform to ensure readiness for independent ticketing in the future.

According to Ojakäär, there are so many new routes and flying opportunities out of Tallinn that the situation is better than ever. “According to the current flight plan, Tallinn Airport has direct connections to 37 destinations. Being a local airline, Nordica has most certainly contributed to expanding the market, having offered strong competition to foreign companies,” said Ojakäär.

Rearrangement will have the highest impact on passengers who travel from Tallinn to Trondheim, as no other airline will be able to serve this direct connection as of October 26, 2019.

Other Nordica destinations will be served by LOT, SAS, Wizz Air, Norwegian and AirBaltic after this date. Ojakäär gave assurances that tickets to the routes that are to be closed can be purchased up until the October 26. Customers who have bought a ticket for Nordic flights after the October 26 will be offered alternative flight options or cash refunds.

Founded in 2015, Nordic Aviation Group AS (Nordica) has grown to become Estonia’s largest airline. Since 2016, Nordica has been cooperating with LOT Polish Airlines. Regional Jet, a subsidiary of Nordica (51%) and LOT (49%), provides air services to LOT, Nordica, SAS, Air Serbia, Flyby and various contract partners in Europe. Regional Jet operates 19 aircraft and carries about 2 million passengers per year, employing more than 500 aviation specialists in Estonia and abroad.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Nordica (Adria Airways) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) ES-ACG (msn 15277) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 935492.

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SAS to open a new route to Luxembourg

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (CityJet) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) EI-FPW (msn 15443) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 945318.

SAS has made this announcement:

From early November, SAS will fly a new route from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Luxembourg. The route will operate three times a week with departures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. SAS is the only airline that offers a direct connection between Stockholm and one of the leading business destinations in Europe.

The new route from Stockholm Arlanda to Luxembourg will start on November 4, 2019.

The new route between Stockholm Arlanda and Luxembourg will be flown with 90-seat Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft.

In winter 2019/2020, SAS will also open new routes from Copenhagen to Turin, Italy, and a connection from Oslo to Kyiv in Ukraine. This winter, SAS will fly to 110 destinations from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Many of these routes will be flown with the new Airbus A320neo, the most environment friendly aircraft on the market.

Photo: SAS.

Timetable for Arlanda – Luxembourg

Monday ARN-LUX 08.05-10.20 LUX-ARN 11.00-13.15
Wednesday & Friday ARN-LUX 10.55-13.10 LUX-ARN 13.50-16.05

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (CityJet) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) EI-FPW (msn 15443) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 945318.

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Mesa Airlines is now operating two Bombardier CRJ900s in this generic in-house livery

Now in a generic in-house livery, ex American Eagle

Mesa Airlines is now operating at least two Bombardier CRJ900s in an all-white fuselage condition with its updated 2015 logo on the tail.

The CRJ900s are based at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and mainly operated for American Airlines.

The pictured N942LR was previously painted in the full American Eagle livery.

Mesa has partnered with the American Airlines brand since its first codeshare agreement with America West in 1992 and later with US Airways. Today, the Company operates 64 CRJ900 and 1 CRJ200 aircraft for American. Mesa operates two bases in DFW and Phoenix (PHX) for the AA contract.

However the lack of American Eagle markings allows Mesa to operate the aircraft on their own charters and as back-up aircraft for its customers.

Mesa operates for American Airlines and United Airlines.

Top Copyright Photo: Mesa Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N942LR (msn 15042) DFW (Brian Peters). Image: 946243.

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Bombardier sells nine CRJ900 aircraft to Chorus Aviation, Jazz to become the first Canadian operator of the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GDJZ (msn 15049) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 941182.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc. has finalized a firm purchase agreement for nine CRJ900 aircraft. These aircraft will be operated by Jazz Aviation LP, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation, under the Air Canada Express banner, making them the first Canadian operator of the new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin for CRJ Series regional jets.

Based on the list price of the CRJ900 aircraft, the order is valued at approximately $437 million U.S.

Jazz, under the Air Canada Express brand, will operate the CRJ900 in a dual-class cabin configuration with 76 seats. The airline intends to take delivery of their first aircraft with the latest enhancement to the CRJ Series regional jets – the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin in the first half of 2020.

About the ATMOSPHÈRE Cabin

The new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin (below) sets new standards of passenger experience in the regional jet market segment. Key features of the new interior are comprised of larger passenger living space, wheel-first roller bag capability, more spacious lavatory, increased cabin connectivity options, all integrated in a contemporary design and material choices. In fact, the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin design allows passengers to carry and store an “oversized” roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins which minimizes the need to check bags at the counter or the gate.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GDJZ (msn 15049) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 941182.

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Delta adds new flights from Raleigh/Durham

Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N319PQ (msn 15319) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104729.

Delta Air Lines is giving its Raleigh-Durham customers even more options with new daily nonstop service to Pittsburgh and weekend service to New Orleans beginning June 8, 2019.

Beginning June 8, Delta will offer the following daily schedule between Raleigh-Durham and Pittsburgh:

Raleigh-Durham International Airport – Pittsburgh
Departs Arrives
RDU at 8:10 a.m. PIT at 9:32 a.m.
PIT at 8:38 a.m. RDU at 10 a.m.

 

Beginning June 8, Delta will offer the following schedule** between Raleigh-Durham and New Orleans:

Raleigh-Durham International Airport – New Orleans 
Departs Arrives
RDU at 9 a.m. MSY at 9:53 a.m.
MSY at 10:30 a.m. RDU at 1:20 p.m.

** Saturday and Sunday only service

The service will be on 76-seat Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets (above) operated by Delta Connection carrier Endeavor Air in an all aisle-and-window seating configuration with room for 12 customers in First Class, 20 in Delta Comfort+ and 44 in the main cabin. Every seat has access to Wi-Fi and streaming in-flight entertainment via Delta Studio.

 

RDU is one of Delta’s largest non-hub airports, with more than 80 flights per day to 29 destinations worldwide. Delta is the largest airline in Raleigh-Durham, and has more than doubled service since 2010, adding 19 additional destinations and more than 25,000 weekly seats.

Delta began service in 2017 to Nashville, Austin, Seattle/Tacoma, and begins Chicago O’Hare service on April 1, further enhancing offerings to the business traveler. Delta also connects Raleigh-Durham customers to Europe and beyond through its partner hub with daily nonstop service to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Additionally, RDU customers can connect to the world via Delta’s global network through frequent, daily service to its hubs and key markets in Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City, New York –JFK and LaGuardia, and Los Angeles. In November, Delta announced it would in-source 100 full time jobs at RDU to support its high level of service.

Endeavor Air is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. Flying as Delta Connection, it operates 154 regional jets on 800 daily flights to more than 140 cities in the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas. Endeavor is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., with hub operations located in Atlanta, Ga., Detroit, Mich., Minneapolis, Minn., and New York, N.Y.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N319PQ (msn 15319) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104729.

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Lufthansa announces its new summer 2019 destinations

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2018

Lufthansa has announced, starting next summer, sun-seekers it will launch seven new destinations nonstop from the Lufthansa hubs in Munich and Frankfurt. The new flights will fly to new holiday destinations in Croatia, Montenegro and the French Atlantic coast.

New destinations from Munich

As of April 12, 2019 Alicante will be on the Munich flight schedule. An Airbus A320 will fly to the port city on the Costa Blanca three times a week. Flights to the Spanish holiday destination are thus added to the three weekly flights from Frankfurt.

Rocher de la Vierge, heilige Jungfrau, Alter Hafen, Port Vieux, Biarritz, Baskenland, Südfrankreich, Frankreich, Europa | Verwendung weltweit, Keine Weitergabe an Wiederverkäufer.

Biarritz (above) has been added to the Lufthansa flight schedule. From May 25, 2019, a Bombardier CRJ900 (top) will fly to the seaside resort on the French Atlantic coast every Saturday. This legendary holiday destination has long sandy beaches and is a paradise for surfers.

Lufthansa now also flies holiday makers nonstop from Munich to Rimini (above) on the Italian Adriatic coast.  From May 26, 2019, a Bombardier CRJ900 will fly to this popular holiday destination every Sunday.

And for the first time, northern Croatia is only an hour’s flight away from Munich: Rijeka is the name of the new Lufthansa destination, which is regarded as the gateway to the Croatian islands. From May 25, 2019, a Bombardier CRJ900 flies to the Kvarner Bay region every Saturday.

New destinations from Frankfurt

The new summer destinations from Frankfurt are in Greece and Turkey: From April 13, 2019, Heraklion can now be reached with an Airbus A319 every Saturday and Bodrum from April 14, 2019 every Sunday in around two and a half flight hours, adding to the Saturday and Sunday destinations from Munich.

New destination from Munich and Frankfurt

Tivat is still a less known holiday destination. The city in Montenegro is now part of the Munich and Frankfurt flight schedule. Tivat is situated near the historical Bay of Kotor (below).

With its historical sites, the fjord-like bay is a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site. From April 13, 2019, Lufthansa flies to Tivat from Munich every Saturday and from Frankfurt every Sunday. Both hubs operate an Airbus A319 to these destinations.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Lufthansa): Lufthansa – Lufthansa CityLine Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) D-ACNM (msn 15253) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 941038.

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Nordica to close three unprofitable routes in Tallinn

Nordica - LOT Polish Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) ES-ACB (msn 15261) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 938682.

Nordica has made this announcement:

In January, Nordica will be ceasing to service routes that the current competition conditions render economically unviable, freeing up aircraft and crew that it will instead use for profitable subcontracting services.

Starting from January 14, 2019, Nordica’s winter schedule will include eight nonstop flights from Tallinn: to Stockholm, Vilnius, Copenhagen, Brussels, Kyiv, Warsaw, Vienna and Munich.

Due to the prevailing market situation, it will no longer be operating flights to Oslo, Amsterdam or St Petersburg.

Hannes Saarpuu, the head of the Nordic Aviation Group, says that the closure of the St Petersburg and Amsterdam routes is because of limited demand, while the closure of the Oslo route is the result of fierce competition making it financially unviable to fly to the Norwegian capital as the third most popular carrier on the same route. “We’re better off channelling our resources into projects that are profitable and boost our financial results,” he said. “We have to turn a profit first and foremost, just like any other company, and the changes we’re making to our route network will help us achieve that. Nordica’s flexibility and being able to respond to changes on the market as they happen are important factors in ensuring our long-term success.”

Passengers affected by the closure of the routes will be offered alternative solutions. Full information is already available on the Nordica website regarding the process and passengers’ rights. Saarpuu says no one will have to worry about their ticket. “Airlines are well-trained in reacting promptly when it comes to getting ticketed passengers to their destinations,” he reassured clients. “It’s a situation that comes up quite often in the industry, for a number of different reasons.”

Nordica currently operates 19 aircraft, around 10 of which start their days from the company’s base in Tallinn. According to plans for 2019 this number will not decrease; in fact, if further export projects are implemented, it may increase. Nordica’s subsidiary Regional Jet continues to grow and demand for new pilots and cabin crew remains high.

In its three years of operations Nordica has become one of the most competitive airlines in its region and the biggest airline in Estonian history. In the first 10 months of 2018 the airline flew almost 600,000 travellers, a more than 20% rise in passenger numbers compared to the same period in 2017. It exports its flight services to Sweden, Denmark, Poland and the Netherlands and employs more than 500 aviation specialists in Estonia and abroad.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Nordica – LOT Polish Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) ES-ACB (msn 15261) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 938682.

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