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Finnair continues negotiations to sell 60% of Nordic Regional Airlines

Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this update on the on-going negotiations with Staffpoint and G.W. Sohlberg to sell a 60 percent share in its subsidiary Nordic Regional Airlines (Norra) (previously Flybe Nordic) (Helsinki). Norra operates 12 ATR 72-500s, two Embraer ERJ 170s and 12 Embraer ERJ 190s for Finnair on domestic and European routes. Here is the update:

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Finnair, Staffpoint Holding Ltd (Staffpoint) and G.W. Sohlberg Ltd (GWS) have previously indicated an intention to conclude a transaction whereby 60 percent of the shares in Nordic Regional Airlines AB would be transferred to the ownership of Staffpoint and GWS.

As of March 31, 2015, Finnair has owned 100 percent of the company during an interim permission by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA). Due to the negotiations being protracted and the interim permission expiring, Finnair has now filed an application with the FCCA to approve the current ownership structure.

However, negotiations on the ownership arrangements of Nordic Regional Airlines AB continue, and Finnair expects the transaction to proceed within the next few months. The delay is due to the need of the parties to assess even more thoroughly the alternative traffic models of regional flying in a constantly developing operating environment.

Nordic Regional Airlines AB owns the entire share stock in its Finnish subsidiary Nordic Regional Airlines Oy (Norra).

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Norra operates a fleet of 26 ATR and Embraer planes on Finnair’s domestic and European routes. The company previously operated under the name Flybe Finland Oy.

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Above Photo: Norra.

On January 7, 2015, Finnair signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Staffpoint and GWS on a transaction whereby Staffpoint and GWS would jointly acquire from Flybe Ltd its 60 percent majority stake in Finnair’s and Flybe Ltd’s joint venture company, Nordic Regional Airlines AB.

While the negotiations continued, Finnair acquired Flybe Ltd’s stake, and Flybe Nordic was thus transferred entirely to Finnair’s ownership on March 31, 2015.

Finnair has issued stock exchange releases on the Norra transactions on November 12, 2014, January 7, 2015, January 29, 2015 and March 31, 2015.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Finnair (Nordic Regional Airlines-Norra) Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKH (msn 19000086) prepares to land in Zurich.

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Air Moldova to relaunch Chisinau – Madrid flights

Air Moldova (Chisinau) expands its route network by relaunching the new nonstop flights on the  Chisinau-Madrid-Chisinau route, starting on April 9, 2015.

The restored route will be operated once per week, on Thursdays, by Embraer-190 aircraft according to the following schedule:

Departure from Chisinau – 19:40 (local time)
Arrival to Madrid – 22:45 (local time)
Departure from Madrid – 00:40 (local time)
Arrival to Chisinau – 05:20 (local time)

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Finnair to open up routes to Umeå, Luleå, Norrköping and Visby in Sweden

Finnair (Helsinki) opens new routes to Sweden, and will fly daily to Luleå and Umeå on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia during the summer season 2015 connecting these growing centers to Finnair’s wide network of destinations in Asia, Europe and North America with daily frequencies.

Located by the Baltic Sea, Umeå is the largest city in northern Sweden, with a growing population and vibrant cultural life. Also by the Baltic Sea, Luleå is one of Sweden’s northernmost cities, with a long history in steel manufacturing and technical know-how.

Finnair is also taking over routes previously marketed by Flybe Finland from Helsinki to Visby on Gotland Island and to Norrköping in central Sweden.

Visby is known for its well-preserved medieval city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its beautiful scenery and historical attractions make it an ideal summer holiday destination. Norrköping is a lively city in central Sweden, and the host of Sweden’s largest music festival. Finnair flies to Norrköping daily, and to Visby three times per week during the summer season.

Finnair also operates several daily frequencies to Stockholm and Gothenburg.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKK (msn 19000127) approaches the runway at Zurich.

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Air Moldova is coming to Vienna

Air Moldova (Chisinau) expands its route network by launching a new nonstop route from Chisinau to Vienna starting on April 10, 2015. The Chisinau-Vienna-Chisinau flight will be operated three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Embraer 190 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR ER-ECB (msn 19000325) prepares to taxi at Antalya.

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Niki to operate one of the shortest jet routes

Niki (FlyNiki) (Vienna) will introduce on April 1 one of world’s shortest jet routes, the 30-mile trip between its Vienna hub and Bratislava, Slovakia. The short route will be operated with Embraer 190s.

Niki is also adding service (six days a week) from Vienna to Athens in April. Niki already serves Crete, Rhodes, Santorini and Mykonos. The new route will operate daily (except on Saturday) with an Airbus A320.

Niki flight HG 8640 will take off from Vienna at 11:30 and land in the Greek capital at 13:35. The return flight HG 8641 will leave Athens at 14:25 and land in Vienna at 16:45.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OE-IXC (msn 19000349) arrives in Zurich.

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Helvetic Airways details its planned expansion with seven leased Embraer 190s

Helvetic ERJ 190-100 OE-IHD (HB-JVL)(06)(Grd)(Helvetic)(LR)

Helvetic Airways (Zurich) as we previously reported, is adding seven Embraer ERJ 190s. The airline has now detailed its expansion plans:

Helvetic Airways currently operates six Fokker 100s and one Airbus 319-100.

Recently, the airline concluded long-term leases with the Airfleet Credit Corporation for seven Embraer 190s. It is planned to put the Embraer 190s into operation between December 2014 and June 2015.

The business model envisages that four Fokker 100s and four Embraer 190s will be in service, in the long term, for Swiss International Air Lines, as part of a wet lease agreement. The other aircraft (2 Fokker 100s, 1 Airbus A319, 3 Embraer 190s) are used for the scheduled and charter services of Helvetic Airways AG.

In connection with the business expansion, the number of staff at Helvetic Airways AG will be increased to more than 350 employees. At the same time, the equity base will be strengthened via an increase in the share capital by 10 million Swiss francs.

With the 2015 schedules for Zürich and Bern, the primary intention is to consolidate Helvetic’s current scheduled destinations.

The additional capacity in the charter business will be absorbed by the current partners.

Photo: Helvetic Airways. The first Embraer ERJ 190 has arrived in Zurich. The pictured ERJ 190-100LR OE-IHD (msn 19000354) was delivered on December 18 as HB-JVL.

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Embraer delivers the 1,100 E-Jet

AeroMexico connect ERJ 190-100 XA-GAW (06-110 E-Jets)(Grd) MEX (Embraer)(LRW)

Embraer delivered the 1,100th E-Jet production aircraft on December 10 during a ceremony held in the AeroMexico hangar, at the Benito Juárez International Airport, in Mexico City. The aircraft, an ERJ 190 model, is also the 200th aircraft from the E-Jet family flying in Latin America.

AeroMexico operates a fleet of 62 Embraer jets through its regional brand and subsidiary, AeroMexico Connect (Aerolitoral): 27 ERJ 190s, six ERJ 170s, three ERJ 175s, and 26 ERJ 145s.

The first delivery of an E -Jet in Latin America occurred in 2005. Currently, eight airlines, from seven countries, operate the E-Jets in the region, where Embraer is the leader in the segment of jets up to 130 seats, with a 70% market share.

In June 2013, Embraer launched the second generation of the E-Jets family – the E-Jets E2 – the first of which is slated to enter service in 2018.

Copyright Photo: Embraer. The pictured ERJ 190-100LR XA-GAW (msn 19000679) carries a special “1100 E-Jets” emblem.

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Helvetic Airways to lease the seven Niki Embraer 190s

Helvetic Airways (Zurich) is planning to lease the seven 112-seat Niki (flyniki.com) (Vienna) Embrear ERJ 190-100LRs from lessor Bernina Aircraft Leasing which acquired the aircraft according to ch-aviation. This will be a new type for the carrier. The first four will be operated by Helvetic for Swiss replacing four Swiss European Air Lines RJ100s. The other three will be operated by Helvetic on expansion routes.

Helvetic will operate the following routes for Swiss using the new Embraer 190s starting late this month:

Zurich to Dusseldorf, Prague and Warsaw starting on December 22.

Zurich to Belgrade starting on January 3, 2015 per Airline Route.

Niki is retiring the Embraer 190 from its fleet.

In other related news, the company has announced new services next summer season to Olbia (from Bern), Brindisi (from Bern), Bordeaux (from Zurich),  Calvi (from Zurich), Lamezia Terme (from Zurich), Shannon (from Zurich), Palma de Mallorca (from Bern/Zurich), Greek Islands (from Bern/Zurich) and the Canary Islands (from Zurich).

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OE-IXG (msn 19000435) at Zurich will soon transition to Zurich-based Helvetic Airways.

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KLM paints its first two Boeing 737-800s in the revised livery

KLM 737-800 PH-BXW and PH-BXZ (14)(Nose)(KLM)(LRW)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) issued this short statement and top photo:

In the wake of our Embraer 190s (below) and Fokker 70s, KLM will shortly welcome the first two Boeing 737s featuring the new KLM livery.

The repainting of the Boeing 737-8K2 PH-BXW and PH-BXZ (above) will be completed this week. The new livery will subsequently also be phased in for the rest of the KLM fleet.

From 2015, all new aircraft joining the fleet, such as the 777-300 and 787-9, will be painted in the new livery.

Top Photo: KLM.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. KLM Cityhopper‘s Embraer ER 190-100LR PH-EXD (msn 19000661) shows off the revised look.

Finnair introduces “Sky Bistro” on European flights

Finnair (Helsinki) is separating itself from the low-cost competition with new in-flight menu options for its European flights. The airline issued this statement:

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As of November 1 you can mix and match your own meal from classic, seasonal and themed flavors when flying Finnair Economy Class within Europe. The Sky Bistro has a wide selection of high-quality food and beverage options combining the best of Europe and Asia – including a special combo designed for kids. Coffee, tea, water and Finnair’s new signature drink – blueberry juice – will be served free of charge on all flights.

Sky Bistro replaces the complimentary cold snack service that has been offered on Finnair scheduled flights within Europe lasting over two hours.

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Top Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKM (msn 19000160) arrives in Frankfurt.

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