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Finnish Commuter Airlines Oy, trading as Finncomm Airlines, is a regional airline based in Seinäjokimarker, Finlandmarker. The carrier operates flights to Estonia, Germany and 15 destinations within Finland from its base at Helsinki-Vantaa Airportmarker. The airline is a member of the European Regions Airline Association. Finncomm Airlines is the largest domestic air carrier in Finland in terms of number of flights.

History

In 1993, Juhani Pakari and his father started Finncomm Airlines as an Air Taxi business flying light aircraft to remote airstrips which other carriers didn’t serve. Seeking to acquire an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) to begin scheduled flights, Finncomm partnered with Swedish carrier Golden Air in 1999 until Finncomm could receive their own AOC. The original Golden Air fleet consisted of seven Saab 340s and one Saab 2000.

In September 2003, Finncomm received their own AOC and operations began with one Embraer ERJ-145s leased from Swiss International Airlines. Inaugural services between Helsinkimarker and Stuttgartmarker were followed with flights to Dusseldorfmarker and Oslomarker with the arrival of a second ERJ-145 from Swiss International Airlines in April 2005.

At the 2005 Paris Air Show, Finncomm announced a $250 million contract for eight ATR-42-500 aircraft with options for a further eight. With the arrival of the ATR-42 in late November 2005, the airline could begin to retire the Saab fleet inherited from Golden Air.

In 2006, at the Farnborough Air Show, Finncomm signed a contract which converted four of their ATR-42 orders to the larger ATR-72-500. This was further supplemented by the purchase of an additional three ATR-72 aircraft at a list price of $54 million.

Finncomm Airlines Embraer ERJ 145


In January 2008 the carrier announced another order for a further five ATR-72-500 aircraft with deliveries between 2009 and 2011. Once all the orders have been fulfilled by ATR, Finncomm will become the largest operator of the ATR-500 series in Europe.

Finncomm currently employs over 250 staff and in 2008 the carrier flew 870,000 passengers, an increase of 45% over the previous year despite a tough economic climate. The growth allowed an operating profit of over €9.4 million which was a 9.8% increase over 2007. The airline expects to carry over 1,000,000 passengers in 2009.

Finncomm co-operates with Finnair to provide feeder traffic for their international route network.

The Finnish Civil Aviation Authority (FCAA) ordered some changes to Finncomm's operating procedures and temporarily increased their weather minimums in ATR operations following an incident in late 2006. The incident is currently under investigation and some re-training was ordered by FCAA for pilots regarding new operating procedures. Weather restrictions are no longer in effect and operations have resumed as normal.

Destinations

Finncomm Airlines operates the following services (as of November 2009):

Fleet

The Finncomm Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft (as of 16 November 2009):

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers
ATR 42-500 4 0 48
ATR 72-500 7 5 68-72
Embraer ERJ 145LU 1 0 49
Embraer E170 1 1 76


Finncomm have announced plans to possess 16 ATR-500 series aircraft by the end of 2011, suggesting they plan to convert at least 3 of their options into firm orders.

Environment

Finncomm Airlines has made many efforts to mitigate their environmental impact. The carrier utilises a very modern and fuel efficient fleet of ATRs and Embraers which reduce fuel burn and noise emissions. Finncomm commented that the ATR fleet saves 70,000 tonnes of fuel and 200,000 tonnes of CO2 in a five year period over a jet fleet. Furthermore, when aircraft are at an airport overnight, they are placed into heated hangers to reduce the amount of de-icing agent used on the aircraft. Finncomm states that this action saves 300,000 litres of anti-ice solvents annually.

References

  1. Flight International 3 April 2007
  2. “Finncomm Airlines” – Airliner World, July 2009
  3. "Finnair Oyj Investor News Code-share routes for Finnair and Finncomm". Finncomm Airlines, 18 June 2007.
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  5. http://www.fc.fi/company_info/news/9th_atr_to_finncomm_fleet/


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