LONDON – Norwegian low-cost carrier Flyr has been in deep water for the past couple of months, but has seen cooperation deals with both Vueling and Norse.
A new deal has now appeared with the Norwegian charter operator Ving, one of the three Scandinavian operators who own and utilize the charter airline Sunclass. Under this arrangement, Flyr will now operate flights on behalf of the Ving company.
New deal – New routes
In a recent announcement from the new Norwegian Low Cost Carrier Flyr, a partnership with charter operator Ving, giving Flyr their aircraft more air under their wings as they will operate on select routes sold by the Ving company.
The deal is set to the summer season 2023 and has an estimated worth of roughly 30 million NOK (Approx 3 million EUR), operating all across EU holiday destinations from various Norwegian cities.
Commercial Director of Flyr, Thomas Ramdahl, said the following: “We are proud that Ving has placed their trust in us and our product. We look forward to offering Ving’s guests the great Flyr-experience.”
Country Manager at Ving Norway, Marie-Anne Zachrisson, also commented, saying: “At Ving, we strive to give our guests a comfortable and seamless journey. We also care about our operating partners putting the guests first, and we are confident that Flyr will do just that.”
The flights are schedules to be operating from June to September, with the routes being:
- Oslo (OSL) – Chania (CHQ)
- Oslo (OSL) – Tenerife (TFS)
- Stavanger (SVG) – Palma (PMI)
- Trondheim (TRD) – Palma (PMI)
- Bosø (BOO) – Palma (PMI)
The current state of Flyr
As it has been publicly known, Flyr has not been on a steady stream without complications in the past months, but rather a hard bumpy path that they have survived through to present day.
A few months back, in late 2022, the carrier was struck with deep financial issues, leading the airline to collect emergency equity totaling 400+ mln NOK, which they failed to do.
However, the company was offered an alternative solution by professional investors which they decided to tag along with, and the carrier has since been operable, though with cost-cutting limitations, leaving their route network at a minimum.
On the decision day, Flyr announced an LOI with an undisclosed airline for the lease of one Boeing 737 aircraft, a move taken to generate a more positive cash flow.
Prior to that move, the airline saw the need to reduce operations heavily by November 1, also putting an estimated 50% of the company’s workers on leave from November to March.
Shortly after the emergency aid was in order, the ex. Flyr CEO Tonje Wiktrøm Frislid resigned, leaving the airline’s Chief Financial Officer, Brede Huser, to become the head of the airline with immediate effect.
Seeing Flyr’s current state and struggles through a harsh winter season, keeping inflation and less desire and demand for travel, the deals they can get will be seen as great ones as they are likely to benefit the company greatly over time.
Ving is a major charter operator for the Norwegian public, with mostly full flights during the busy holiday seasons. There is no doubt that this deal will offer both the great Sunclass and Flyr experience, making it possible for Flyr to also make a great impression on customers that may have never flown them before.