New Norwegian carrier Flynonstop has taken delivery of its first Embraer 190 at a ceremony at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
Kristiansand-based Flynonstop will use the Embraer 190, which it is leasing from a third party, to launch non-stop routes between Kristiansand and key cities in Southern and Central Europe.
Flynonstop’s first Embraer 190 is configured with 100 Elite seats in single-class configuration. The airline will begin operations between Kristiansand and major European cities, including London City Airport, to tap into the growing demand for scheduled non-stop air service to/from Norway.
“We are very enthusiastic about starting operations with the E190. The aircraft will allow us to schedule direct routes with eco-efficient aircraft, providing our passengers with a high level of comfort,” says Daniel Lundberg, CEO of Flynonstop. “The E190 will also help us to develop our direct flight network with enhanced frequency and routes in response to the growing and seasonal demand from Norwegian passengers who need to reach some key European cities.”
Embraer aircraft have been flying throughout Scandinavia for years but Flynonstop is the first customer to operate an Embraer E-Jet from Norway.
Including Flynonstop’s first Embraer 190, 27 customers from 17 European countries are now flying Embraer commercial jets, with 23 of those customers being E-Jet operators.
Today, more than 60 airlines from more than 40 countries are operating or have confirmed future orders for E-Jets.
Since entering revenue service in 2004, Embraer has received orders for more than 1,100 E-Jets. Over 900 of the aircraft have been delivered.
Flynonstop was founded in 2011 with the goal of serving the demand for services in the regional market of southern Norway. From April 2013, the airline will offer direct non-stop services from its base at Kristiansand Airport, Kjevik to key European cities which were previously unserved from Kristiansand.