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Finnair and Flybe to expand cooperation for cost efficient European connections

Companies have signed MoU transferring 12 Finnair Embraer aircraft to Flybe

Finnair and the largest European regional airline Flybe of UK today announced that the companies plan to extend their cooperation to offer cost  efficient European connections for Finnair’s passengers.

Last year Finnair and Flybe formed Flybe Nordic AB, of which Flybe owns 60 % and Finnair 40 %. The companies have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) according to which Finnair will transfer twelve 100 seat Embraer aircraft, to Flybe. Starting October 2012 Flybe will operate these aircraft on Finnair routes for Finnair. The move is a part of Finnair’s efforts to improve the profitability of its European network, and it offers a platform for growth for Flybe Nordic.

From the customer point view, the change will be virtually unnoticed. Finnair continues to be responsible for sales, marketing and customer support, but the flights are operated by Flybe.

Once the agreement is completed, 12 Embraer aircraft and the traffic operated with them transfers from Finnair to Flybe.  In connection with this business transfer, cabin attendants and pilots for this traffic will transfer with the business, unless otherwise agreed in negotiations with personnel. Negotiations on cost savings between Finnair and the Finnish Airline Pilots' Association have proceeded in a constructive manner during the spring. If the savings agreement under preparation is completed, pilots transferring to operate Flybe flights would return to Finnair in stages to be trained as Airbus pilots for Finnair’s growing Asian traffic.

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