New Norwegian airline takes off

Boeing 737-700 Flyr; Photo by Flyr Boeing 737-700 Flyr; Photo by Flyr

Another new airline is in the air – Flyr, the newest Norwegian airline takes off today.

Flyr’s very first commercial flight took off from Oslo Airport (OSL) at 11.30 towards Tromsø. Initially, the new Norwegian airline will serve several Norwegian cities. Later will increase the number of flights towards European well-known leisure destinations like Malaga, Alicante and Nice. Flights to Alicante will start on 21 August with weekly flights on Saturday and should be flying all year long.

Flyr’s first aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 landed on 4 June in Oslo. Additional aircraft will arrive in June. At the same time as pilots and cabin crew will complete their training and service courses. The company now has 45 employees with solid experience from the Norwegian aviation industry. But, by the end of the year, Flyr expects to have about 350 employees. The number of aircraft and destinations will expand in line with demand. In the long term, the plan is a fleet of 28-30 aircraft.

Flyr’s ambition is to reverse the trend in aviation with the increased use of outsourcing and cheap labour. Erik G. Braathen, the former CEO of the now-defunct Norwegian flag carrier Braathens started the company in 2020. During the pandemic, the company was shaping a clear vision to build a Norwegian airline together with the employees.