Flyr is taking a new and important step towards a more sustainable operation by phasing in the very latest aircraft technology with the lowest carbon footprint and fuel costs. On average, the Boeing 737-8 emits up to 14 percent less emissions than previous models. Today, the company has signed a letter of intent with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for six brand-new Boeing 737-8 aircraft.
The aircraft will be delivered directly from the Boeing factory to Flyr during the first half of 2022. There is also an option in the agreement for four more aircraft with delivery in 2023.
"The decision to choose the latest generation of brand-new Boeing aircraft is in line with the authorities' goal of a more sustainable development in aviation. At the same time, we are happy to deliver on customers' desire to fly the latest aircraft with the lowest emissions. The new aircraft type contributes on average with an emission saving of up to 14 percent compared to previous models," said CEO Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid of Flyr.
Sustainability is an essential part of Flyr's strategy. Always choosing the most climate-friendly solutions is crucial. So is the company's approach to employees and unions.
«Flyr is Norway's new and responsible airline. Our business is based on the Norwegian model with permanent and direct employment based on collective bargaining agreements and extensive involvement of employees," said Wikstrøm Frislid.
As a newly established airline, Flyr is the only airline in Norway that pays for 100% of its emissions under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), in contrast to other domestic airlines that receive large exemptions in the form of free allocation of emission allowances.
Unions positive about new aircraft
Both Flyr Cabin Association and Flyr Pilot Association are positive about the company's choice of new aircraft type.
"Choosing brand new aircraft shows that Flyr takes sustainability and comfort seriously. This is the right choice for the future, both from a technology and environmental perspective. The reports we've seen from the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations, indicate that we have something to look forward to," said Espen Poulsen from Flyr Pilot Association.
"These new planes have clear customer and crew advantages, not least due to lower noise on board and a better cabin environment" said Robin Dybvik from Flyr Cabin Association.
Aircraft manufacturer Boeing and the leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC) are pleased about Flyr's decision to transition to the most environmentally friendly option.
"We are pleased that Flyr has decided to transition to the 737-8 as it continues to grow its fleet. The 737-8 will help Flyr reduce its operating costs by cutting fuel consumption and lowering noise and CO2 emissions," said Ricardo Cavero, Vice President Europe Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"ALC is pleased to announce this lease placement for six 737-8 aircraft with new customer, Flyr, and be a part of the airline's development," said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. "Based in Oslo, Norway, Flyr's experienced management team in combination with a modern system makes the airline highly competitive in today's market. These new 737-8s from ALC will provide the most modern, fuel-efficient and technologically advanced aircraft to assure economical flight operations, provide maximum passenger comfort and convenience, and advance Flyr's environmental and sustainability goals."
The plan is that the first aircraft will arrive in early 2022 and arrive continuously towards the summer.