Small airlines based in the Nordic countries

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Amapola Flyg


Amapola Flyg is a small Swedish airline which in 2019 owned 22 Fokker F50 planes in working order and four classified as historic ones. All of the planes are roughly 30 years old or even older. Amapola flies both cargo routes as well as scheduled passenger services, connecting some small airfields in the north with Stockholm Arlanda. At the time when this text was written, Amapola operated the passenger routes Hemavan-Kramfors-Arlanda and Lycksele-Arlanda.
This aeroplane type was designed already in the 1950s as a military plane for parachute jumping. Civil versions were soon made also and they were known as Fokker F-27 Friendship. Later on, larger versions of the Friendship fitted with turboprop engines became available and then the brand name was changed to Fokker F50. All of Amapola Flyg's Fokker machines are of the type F50. This one, SE-LTR was originally PH-JXC. It first flew in July 1991. It has flown for Fokker, Rio Sul, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Swe Fly, Denim Air, VLM and Cityjet before Amapola acquired it in December 2018. It entered Amapola's service only in February 2019 and that's why it had not yet received any of Amapola's tapings at the time when this picture was taken.
Picture from Stockholm Arlanda 3.4.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Amapola Flyg's SE-LJH is another Fokker F50 like all of Amapola's machines are. It was first taken in use by Luxair in December 1989. It flew also for Skyways 2005-2006. It has been converted to a pure cargo machine now.
Picture from Stockholm Arlanda 3.4.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Amapola Flyg's SE-MFR is one of the newest Fokker F50 machines. It was first taken in use in 1992 by Austrian and it has since had a long list of owners and users. Amapola took it over in October 2018.
Picture from Helsinki-Vantaa airport 16.3.2022 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Alsie Express / Air Alsie


Alsie Express is a so called virtual airline which flies between Copenhagen and the town of Sønderborg on the peninsula of Jutland. They are using two ATR 72-500 planes painted black and operated by Air Alsie, which is their sister company. This machine, OY-CLZ was first taken in use by AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines in September 2008. It has flown for Alsie since May 2013.
Picture from Copenhagen-Kastrup airport 13.5.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Faeroe Atlantic Airways


Atlantic Airways is the national carrier of the Faeroe Islands. They have one Airbus A320-200 and two A319 machines as well as two helicopters of the type Leonardo AW 139. This is one of the two A319 machines. This picture is taken through the window of an SAS Airbus A320neo.
Picture from Vágar airport on the Faeroe Islands 13.5.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A bit better picture of the same machine as above. It is the OY-RCI, an Airbus A319, taken in use in 2009. It carries the name Ingálvur.
Picture from Vágar airport 13.5.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


OY-RCJ is the only one Airbus A320 machine that Atlantic Airways has. It is an A320 version 200 delivered to Atlantic Airways in December 2016. It is named "William Heinesen".
Picture from Stockholm Arlanda in Sweden 24.10.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


One of the two Leonardo AW 139 helicopters of Atlantic Airways, OY-HIH called Ruth.
Picture from Vágar airport 16.5.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Danish Air Transport DAT


DAT's OY-RUV is an ATR 72-600 delivered in November 2018. DAT has its headquarters in Vamdrup, Kolding, Denmark and it has a fleet of A320-200, ATR 42-300, ATR 72-200 and McDonnell Douglas MD-83 planes. Nordic Regional Airlines NORRA which is mentioned below, is a subsidiary of DAT.
Picture from Copenhagen-Kastrup airport 13.5.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


OY-RUN is a similar ATR 72-600 of DAT. It's almost brand new. It was taken in use in October 2018.
Picture from Copenhagen-Kastrup airport 13.5.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


OY-CIU is an ATR-42 version 300. The machine is from the year 1988. In its history it has a very long list of owners here and there, but mainly in Canada and Denmark. It has been with DAT since the year 2000. DAT is the parent company of the Finnish company Norra and at the time when this photo was taken, Norra had a serious deficit of planes, so DAT came to help and loaned this machine for a while to fly on Finnair's routes operated by Norra.
Picture from Helsinki Vantaa airport 24.8.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.



After the previous Estonian flag carrier Estonian Air had gone bankrupt, Nordica was established as the new state owned flag carrier of Estonia in 2015. It is legally incorporated as Nordic Aviation Group AS, and it is the state-owned Estonian flag carrier headquartered in Tallinn and based at Tallinn Airport. It operates scheduled flights as well as on wetlease contracts on behalf of other airlines. Currently Nordica is a member in the Star Alliance. Their fleet size in 2019 was 19 planes.
Picture of a Nordica ATR-72 at Oslo Gardermoen airport in Norway 13.8.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Nordic Regional Airlines NORRA

For planes of NORRA, please see the section Finnair and companies flying on behalf of Finnair.

Nova Airlines / Novair


Nova Airlines AB, operating as Novair, is a Swedish airline headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. It operates charter flights mainly to the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. In the past it also operated long-haul flights to destinations including Thailand, India, and Indonesia. Currently the fleet size of Novair is two planes.
SE-RKA is an Airbus A321neo which was delivered to Novair in 2017.
Picture from Stockholm Arlanda 22.10.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.
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