Initial Route Network: Where Will Norwegian Startup Flyr Fly?

Norwegian startup airline Flyr has revealed its routes for initial operations. Starting on June 30th, it will connect five domestic and three international destinations, using Boeing 737-800s. However, the airline is yet to receive its operating license, and the planes haven’t arrived yet.

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Flyr has revealed its route plan ahead of launch later this month. Photo: Flyr

Flyr announces initial routes

The Erik Braathen founded airline Flyr is ready to take off, and has revealed its initial routes to the world this week. The airline will focus on just three international routes, alongside five domestic services within Norway. Routesonline gave a rundown of what we can expect.

First to launch will be a service from its home in Oslo to Tromsø (TOS), set to begin from June 30th. This service will operate up to 19 times per week. Joining the network the following day will be Bodø (BOO) and Harstad-Narvik (EVE). BOO will see a daily rotation from Oslo, while EVE will receive 12 flights per week.

Flyr route launch
The launch route will be Oslo to Tromsø. Photo: Flyr

Next to be added will be Bergen (BGO) and Trondheim (TRD), with services set to commence on August 16. These will be the densest routes, with 30 and 29 weekly frequencies planned, respectively.

It’s not until late August that Flyr will venture outside of Norway. From August 21, Alicante, Malaga and Nice will launch, but not with huge frequencies. Malaga and nice will see Flyr twice a week, while Alicante will operate just once per week.

Five domestic and three international routes will feature this summer. Image: GCMap

According to data at ch-aviation, two 737-800s are soon to arrive with the airline. LN-FGA is an eight-and-a-half-year-old 737-800, formerly operated by Turkish airline Pegasus. It is currently in the hands of Pembroke Aircraft Leasing, as EI-GUK, and has 189 economy seats.

The second is an almost eight-year-old 737-800, also previously flown by Pegasus. It is marked as in maintenance, so could be readying for its new owner. It will be registered LN-FGB for Flyr, but is currently also with Pembroke as EI-GVP.

We should expect to see these aircraft delivered soon, but that’s not the only hurdle Flyr has to overcome. It is still awaiting its operating license, and is on a tight schedule with flights slated for just a few weeks’ time. Nevertheless, tickets are about to go on sale, with those who signed up to its newsletter getting pre-sale access.

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A local focus

The announcement of routes is a positive step forward for Flyr after it was mired in negotiations with pilots for many months. The company’s pilot association has now signed an agreement which will last through to March 2024. In an announcement about the agreement, Flyr CEO Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid commented, as reported in Finansavisen,

“We want to represent something new and positive in aviation and will support the Norwegian model. This will help counteract the trend we have seen in recent years, where extensive use of outsourcing, relocation of jobs to low-cost countries, use of staffing companies and operating licenses outside Norway and Scandinavia have become the new norm in aviation.”

Flyr’s local focus extends further than its hiring policies too. The airline has commissioned Oslo-based designers Kristina Riiber, Hedda Rivelsrud and Anniken Ørbeck-Nilssen to create the uniform for Flyr pilots and cabin crew.

Flyr uniforms being designed
Oslo-based designers have been creating stylish uniforms for crew. Photo: Flyr

The airline’s position in the Norwegian market will be augmented by the exit of Wizz from domestic services there. However, the new airline could face some competition from the ‘new’ Norwegian, as it ramps up operations following its extensive restructuring.

The scheduling data contained in this article was sourced from Routesonline.

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