Nordica, legally incorporated as Nordic Aviation Group AS, is the state-owned Estonian flag carrier headquartered in Tallinn, and based at Tallinn Airport. Until October 2019, it operates flights to European metropolitan and leisure destinations as well as on wetlease contracts on behalf of other airlines.
|Founded||25 September 2015|
|Commenced operations||8 November 2015|
|Frequent-flyer program||Miles & More (via LOT Polish Airlines)|
|Subsidiaries||Regional Jet OÜ|
|Parent company||Nordic Aviation Group AS|
Government of Estonia
|Revenue||€83 million (2017)|
|Profit||€0.9 million (2017)|
The company was founded on 25 September 2015 by the decision of the Estonian Government, following the bankruptcy and liquidation of the previous national carrier, Estonian Air. Operations started on 8 November 2015. Its first flight left Tallinn for Amsterdam on 8 November 2015, the first flight with Estonian service on the same route was on 20 January 2016.
On 30 March 2016, the new brand name Nordica was announced. Erik Sakkov, previous board member of the company, explained the airline's naming with Estonia's alignment with Northern Europe and with country's leaders wish to reflect it in the name of the national carrier. He also noted that Nordica is logical follow-up to its previous name, Nordic Aviation Group.
In the first year Slovenian Adria Airways operated most of Nordica's flights while Nordica built up its own fleet and crew. 19 November 2016 Nordica entered into a strategic partnership with LOT Polish Airlines, using the latter's commercial platform, ticketing system and flight code. Since most of the flights are marketed by LOT Polish Airlines, which owns 49% of the shares and is a member of Star Alliance, Nordica also carries LOT's flight codes and callsign on most of its flights.
In March 2018, Nordica opened a base at Groningen Airport Eelde, in the north of the Netherlands. The base served four routes: to Copenhagen and Munich throughout the year and to Ibiza and Nice in the summer. In November 2018, Nordica announced it would shut down eight of its routes from Tallinn Airport effective from the summer schedule 2019. Additionally, the carrier closed its base in Groningen by 29 December 2018.
In June 2019, Nordica announced it would terminate all remaining scheduled operations from its homebase in Tallinn as well. While few key routes will be taken over by its partner LOT Polish Airlines, Nordica will focus its services on leasing operations for other airlines.
As of October 2017, Nordica serves several cities mainly throughout Central, Northern and Western Europe.
As of April 2019, the Nordica fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|ATR 72-600||7||—||—||70||70||4 operated for Scandinavian Airlines|
|Bombardier CRJ700||2||—||4||66||70||operated for LOT Polish Airlines|
|Bombardier CRJ900||10||2||86||88||6 operated for LOT Polish Airlines|
1 operated for Scandinavian Airlines
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Company details Name: Nordic Aviation Group AS Adress [sic]: Lennujaama tee 13, 11101 Tallinn, Estonia
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