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Finnair to lease Lithuanian ATR

Finnair has struck a deal with DOT LT, a Danish Air Transport subsidiary, to fly while Norra ATRs are being upgraded.

While cabins are being renovated on a number of ATRs operated by Nordic Regional Airlines – a joint venture between Finnair and Danish Air Transport (DAT) also known as Norra – the Finnish flag carrier is having to hastily look for temporary replacements.

Already familiar with last-minute leasing solutions in Lithuania, it has concluded an agreement with DOT LT, a Lithuanian company with a fleet of ageing ATR aircraft that is also a subsidiary of DAT.

The ACMI contract involves leasing one ATR 42 and its crew from DOT LT, which is based at Kaunas International Airport.

The twin-turboprop will fly domestic routes in Finland and on regional routes between April 15 and December 19, to be deployed where capacity is lacking.

In the meantime, the Norra aircraft will be refurbished so that they are ready to step back into route operations shortly before Christmas.

Change your ticket?
Finnair’s service concept will still be followed, the Finnish carrier promises, but Finnair says it will endeavour to advise passengers beforehand who may have tickets for flights where DOT’s plane is being put into action, in case they want to change the ticket.

The Lithuanian airline has flown for Finnair before. In October 2016, it leased an ATR 72-200 when Finnair had pilot shortage problems at Norra.

DOT LT was established in 2003 and has both ATR 42s and ATR 72s in its eight-strong fleet, specifically offering ACMI services. It also operates scheduled flights in Norway between Oslo Gardermoen and Ørland near Trondheim.

The abbreviation stands for Danu Oro Transportas, or Danish Air Transport in Lithuanian, and was rebranded as DOT LT in 2006.

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