Star of the new fleet will be a Bombardier CRJ 900, planned to operate alongside smaller CRJ 700s in a fleet of four to six aircraft. The new airline will get its own brand name and livery, but in reality it will likely be flown by an existing company – or a new one to divide risks and play by the EU rules. Such construction is common not only in aviation, but even in Scandinavian public transport systems like the one of Stockholm. The name of the new airline is not known yet, but Nordic Aviation or Estonian Regional Jet are two circulating in Scandinavian and Baltic media.
After Estonia Air filed for bankrupcy Adria Airways jumped in to provide Estonia with its necessary air traffic connections with the outside world, while Air Baltic has been trying to scoop up some of the passengers. According to sources in Tallinn, the new “Estonian Airlines” is planned to be up and running by year’s end at the latest.
Adria Airways, based at Ljubljana in Slovenia, signed a firm order for two Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets. The Star Alliance member has been a Bombardier customer since March 1997. It currently operates four CRJ200, two CRJ900 and two CRJ900 NextGen regional jets.
Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the order is valued at approximately US$92 million. Adria Airways has an experience spanning over 50 years in charter and scheduled air traffic. Today Adria’s network links Ljubljana with 20 cities throughout Europe, with more than 160 scheduled flights each week to Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Manchester, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Podgorica, Prague, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Split, Tirana, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich.
With Adria Airways’ order, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,814 CRJ Series aircraft, including 341 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft. The aircraft are operating in over 50 countries on six continents, and on average, a CRJ aircraft takes off every 10 seconds somewhere in the world. CRJ Series aircraft have transported more than 1.4 billion passengers and have logged more than 38 million flight hours and over 32 million takeoffs and landings.