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Estonian Air
Estonian Air newlogo.JPG
Founded 1991
Hubs Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport
Focus cities
Frequent flyer program EuroBonus
Member lounge Business Class Lounge
  • AS Estonian Air Regional
  • Estonian Aviation Fuelling Services AS
  • AS Amadeus Eesti
Fleet size 6 (+3 orders)
Destinations 27
Parent company Scandinavian Airlines System
Headquarters Tallinn, Estonia
Key people Andrus Aljas (CEO)
Rait Kalda (COO)
Maigi Pernik-Pärnik(CFO)
Rauno Parras (CCO)

AS Estonian Air is Estonia’s national carrier, owned by the Estonian state, SAS Group and investment bank AS Cresco. The airline is based in Tallinn, Estonia. It is a regional airline feeding into the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) network via Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen from Estonia.

The air transport services provided by Estonian Air consist of:

  • scheduled passenger transport on international routes
  • charter passenger transport
  • cargo transport

AS Estonian Air has one subsidiary and two joint ventures: in co-operation with the parent company AS Estonian Air Regional operates Saab 340 aircraft and provides commercial air services to the neighboring region; Estonian Aviation Fuelling Services AS provides aircraft fueling services at Tallinn Airport and AS Amadeus Eesti provides distribution system and support to local travel agents.[1]

Estonian Air is owned by the SAS Group (49%), Estonian Government (34%) and Cresco (17%). It has 351 employees (May 2009, including AS Estonian Air Regional).[1]. Unlike its affiliated carrier, Scandinavian Airlines, Estonian Air is not a member of the Star Alliance but it is a part of the SAS loyalty programme, EuroBonus.



Estonian Air Boeing 737-500 at Tallinn Airport

The airline was established by the Estonian government with aircraft acquired from the defunct local Aeroflot Division[2] Estonian Air started operation on 1 December 1991 with a service to Frankfurt.

In 1992 the airline became a member of IATA and the first Boeing 737-500 was delivered in 1995. Partially privatised in 1996 with 66% of shares to Maersk Air (49%) and Cresco investment bank (17%).[1] The company leased two Boeing 737-500s to replace its old Soviet planes, and in 1996, after obtaining two more Fokker 50s, it was able to retire the Soviet fleet entirely.

In 2003 Maersk Air sold its shares to SAS and the Fokker 50s were retired. By 2004 the airline had carried its 500,000th passenger.

In March 2007 Estonian Air announced that they will lease another Boeing 737-500 and serve a new destination, Vienna. Estonian Air has leased two Saab 340s and in June 2008 Estonian Air established a new company Estonian Air Regional. Under that name it added new destinations from Tallinn to Kuressaare, Stockholm, Helsinki and Vilnius. Later on to Saint Petersburg and to Minsk.

In 2008 three new destinations (Minsk, Munich and Rome) were served and the company announced that it was ordering 3 Bombardier CRJ900 NG and further 3 options. On 27 November 2008, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip announced that SAS had approached the Estonian government, urgently requesting a cash injection to save the airline and offering to buy out the government's stake in the airline. The Estonian government is reportedly in negotiations with ferry company Tallink to come up with a counter-proposal.[3]

In 2009 Estonian Air gave up its Vienna, Frankfurt and Simferopol routes. The company closed its ground handling division. New destinations from Tallinn were Amsterdam, Berlin and St Peterburg, new route was Tartu - Stockholm.

In 2010 Estonian Air started cooperation with KLM, announcing new route Tallinn - Vilnius - Amsterdam (starting from 12 February 2010)[4].

Estonian Air has strong links with Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). It operates frequent flights to SAS hubs in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. The airline boasts "Well connected with SAS" status and the airline's frequent flyer programme is SAS' EuroBonus scheme. Other products and services shared with SAS include co-ordinated timetabling and shared airport lounges. SAS codesharing is for Tallinn-Stockholm, -Copenhagen, -Oslo and Stockholm-Kuressaare, -Pärnu and -Tartu routes.

On Board Service

On Boeing operated flights there are two service classes onboard


Premium Class

In the Premium Class cabin is for passengers holding Business or Flexible Economy fare tickets. All passengers are served free breakfast, lunch or dinner and beverages depending on the time of departure.

Travel Class

Travel Class is for passengers with Economy fare tickets. Buy-on-board menu of snacks and beverages is available for purchase.

On all Saab 340 operated flights Estonian Air have one service class with a service level depending on the destination.


Estonian Air is offering direct flights from the Estonian capital, Tallinn throughout Europe: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kiev, London, Milan, Minsk, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Rome, St Petersburg, Stockholm and Vilnius, as well as from Tallinn to Kuressaare and from Kuressaare, Pärnu and Tartu to Stockholm.

See also SAS Group destinations


The Estonian Air fleet includes the following aircraft as of 27 December 2009 [5]:

Estonian Air Fleet
Aircraft Type Total Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-300 2 0 142 leased from ILFC and GECAS
Boeing 737-500 2 0 118 leased from ILFC
Bombardier CRJ900NG 0 3 88 Stored at YMX awaiting delivery
Saab 340A 2 0 33 leased from Saab Aircraft Leasing

Retired Fleet

Codeshare agreements

Estonian Air has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

Other Partner Airlines:

In-flight services

Estonian Air has a buy on board programme offering food and snacks for purchase.[6] Hot meals may be ordered for purchase in advance.[7]

Business Class Lounge

Estonian Air Business Class passengers and SAS EuroBonus Gold/Pandion card holders are welcome to Business Class Lounge in the transit area. Payphone, free newspapers and magazines are available. Other facilities include a bar, Internet-connected computers and printers.


  1. ^ a b c Flight International 3 April 2007
  2. ^ AS Estonian Air
  3. ^ [1]The Baltic Times, December 4, 2008
  4. ^ [2] Estonian Air: Estonian Air and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will start cooperation on Amsterdam-Vilnius-Amsterdam route
  5. ^ Estonian Air Fleet. Estonian Air. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  6. ^ "Sky Menu." Estonian Air. Retrieved on 3 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Hot meal order." Estonian Air. Retrieved on 3 August 2009.

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