Fly Viking (FVK, Tromsø) chairman and CEO Ola Giæver says the Norwegian start-up carrier has entered into talks with Russia over the possible allocation of cabotage rights.
In an interview with Luftfart news, Giæver said in return, Russia would require Fly Viking to purchase an unspecified number of SSJ 100-95s to ply the routes. Giæver added that Fly Viking has long considered the type alongside the CSeries from Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) as well as the Embraer Regional Jet.
The start-up is planning to add a further eighteen of the type over the coming months. The turboprops will be deployed on domestic Norwegian flights although no formal launch dates have yet been announced.
The Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications has awarded all thirteen northern Norway Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes to Wideroe (WF, Bodø) following a tender issued earlier on in June.