- Estonian Air
fleet_size=8 (+3 orders) Estonian Air International 6 (+3 orders) Estonian Air Regional 2
key_people=Andrus Aljas (
Rait Kalda (
Not Announced (
Peter Arvidsson (
lounge=Business Class Lounge
AS Estonian Air is an airline based in
Tallinn, Estonia. It is a regional airline feeding into the Scandinavian Airlines System(SAS) network via Stockholm, Osloand Copenhagenfrom Tallinn, Estonia. It is the national airline of Estonia and operates scheduled and charter services throughout Europeand also offers a ground handling service. Flight International3 April 2007]
The airline was established and started operations on
December 1 1991, shortly after Estonia re-acquired independence. It was founded by the Estonian government with aircraft acquired from the defunct local AeroflotDivision [http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/history/1-Al/AS-Estonian-Air.html AS Estonian Air] ] and was partially privatised in 1996. In 1995, Estonian Air leased two Boeing 737-500s to replace its old Sovietplanes, and in 1996, after obtaining two more Fokker 50s, it was able to retire the Sovietfleet entirely. In March 2007, Estonian Air announced that they will lease another Boeing 737-500 and serve a new destination, Vienna, also Estonian Air is going to lease two Saab 340and in June Estonian Air established a new company Estonian Air Regional and under that name they will open new destinations from Tallinnto Kuressaare- Stockholm, Helsinkiand Vilnius. Later on to Saint Petersburg Russiaand to Minsk Belarus.
Estonian Air has strong links with Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). It operates frequent flights to SAS hubs in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. The airline boasts "Well connected with SAS" status and the airline's frequent flyer programme is SAS' EuroBonus scheme. Other products and services shared with SAS include co-ordinated timetabling and shared airport lounges.
Unlike its affiliated carrier, Scandinavian Airlines, Estonian Air is not a member of the Star Alliance or any other airline alliance.
Frankfurtwas Estonian Air's first destination.
* 1992 Member of
* 1993 President of Estonia
Lennart Merifirst flew to a visit with Estonian Air.
* 1995 First
Boeing 737-500was delivered, named Koit(Dawn) ES-ABC. Smoking was not allowed in all Estonian Air flights.
* 1996 Second
Boeing 737-500was delivered, it was named Hämarik(Dusk) ES-ABD
* 1997 Corporative program Blue Star
* 1998 Third
Boeing 737-500was delivered, named Põhjatäht(Northern Star) ES-ABE. Www.Estonian-air.ee was created.
* 2000 Jorn Eriksen was the CEO of Estonian Air
* 2002 Fourth
Boeing 737-500delivered, named Eha ES-ABF. Erki Urva was now the CEO of Estonian Air.
* 2003 Fifth
Boeing 737-500, named Virmaline and the leasing contract of Fokker F50 ended, it was on the same day when Concorde's last flight was made.
* 2004 First time in 13 years of company's action, over a 500.000 passengers traveled through Estonian Air.
* 2005 Estonian Air sold more than half of the tickets on the Internet.
* 2006 2
Boeing 737-300were delivered, they were named Sohni and Kalev (ES-ABJ and ES-ABK)
* 2007 New destinations- Vienna, Helsinki, Vilnius and Kuressaare - were served and another
Boeing 737-500delivered, named Linda ES-ABL.
* 2008 3 new destinations- Minsk, Munich and Rome. Company announced to order 3 Bombardier CRJ900 NG and further 3 options.The new daughter company was established - Estonian Air Regional which offers more flexible route network to/from Estonia.
The new Estonian Air's strategy for year 2011 was introduced. So-called "Diamond Strategy" included the expansion of the companies fleet up to 14 aircraft in 2011.
SAS Group destinations
Estonian Air fleet includes the following aircraft as of
Routes, operated by Saab 340 aircraft, will be operated with one service class with a service level depending on the destination.
Scandinavian Airlines System
Business Class Lounge
The company operates passenger lounges at several airports.
* [http://www.estonian-air.ee/ Estonian Air]
* [http://www.sasgroup.net SAS Group]
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