Saturday, September 22, 2012

Estonian Air announced Embraer 190 flights

One of the airlines Embraer 170 in Trondheim

The Estonian flag-carrier Estonian Air has announced, that it will use the Embraer 190 on flights to Paris CDG, Stockholm Arlanda and London City. The routes to Paris CDG and Stockholm ARN are already served by Estonian Air, the Embraer 190 will replace other airplanes on several frequencies. London City is an new destination for the loss-making airline. Until now the government-owned carrier operates seasonal flights to Gatwick. Estonian Air will inaugurate the route on 1 March 2013 with three weekly services, which will be increased to six weekly frequencies from 1 June 2013. The first Embraer 190 is scheduled to be delivered in early 2013 and is expected to be in service from 1st February.

Estonian Air is currently undergoing an fast expansion and is renewing the aging fleet. In the recent years the airline used Boeing 737-300/500 aircraft on its international routes. In 2011 the airline took over new CRJ900, but only a few weeks the airline changed it´s fleet strategy and leased four Embraer 170 from Finnair and ordered three Embraer 175 and five Embraer 190s. The Embraer 190 and 175 will replace the Boeing and Bombardier aircraft soon. On regional routes the airline is operating leased Saab 340. The airline has been losing money since 2005, but they expect to made profit soon.

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