Posted on: 19 April 2016 by Mark Howells
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) has announced that it has two new member airlines – Borajet Airlines and Nordic Regional Airlines (Norra) – taking the number of airlines to join the association in 2016 to six and the overall number of airline members to 52.
“It is fantastic news that Borajet and Norra have joined ERA. Both carriers embody the true spirit of regional aviation and play a crucial role in strengthening their countries’ connectivity, domestically and internationally,” remarked Simon McNamara, director general of ERA.
With headquarters in Istanbul, Borajet operates 13 Embraer aircraft on both domestic and international services. The privately-owned carrier focuses on providing a quality service and is adding capacity and frequency to its operations and network this year.
Onur Akgul, the airline’s deputy general manager (commercial), commented, “Borajet is delighted to join the ERA community. We are looking forward to working with the association on many of the issues that are key to improving European aviation. ERA’s regular networking events will also be of great value to Borajet’s expanding business.”
Norra, which grew out of Flybe Nordic after Flybe exited the joint venture with Finnair, is based in Helsinki and operates a fleet of 24 aircraft with a mix of ATR turboprops and Embraer 190s. The airline provides safe, high-quality regional flight operations mostly for Finnair with a focus on environmentally-friendly and cost-effective services.
“Regional airlines need to have a voice in Europe to ensure their future prosperity and ERA works to ensure that our concerns are heard. Norra was a member of ERA in its Finncomm days and we are excited to rejoin the ERA family and join forces with other members for the better of European regional aviation,” declared Norra’s CEO Maunu Visuri.