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Airlines

Name: VIKING AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: VKN
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: UMEA
Country: SWEDEN
Employees 77
Web: vikingair.se
Email: info@vikingailinesr.se
Telephone: +46 8 51795100
Fax: +46 8 51795169
Sita: ATHSAXH
Background
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Click below for data links:
VKN-1ST FLT
VKN-FLIGHT DECK WISDOM-2010-09
VKN-LOGO

Established and started operations in 2003. International, charter, passenger, jet airplane services.

Address:
Domnarvsgaten 11
S-163 53 Spanga, Stockholm, Sweden

Address:
Umea Airport, BOX 4155
SE 904 05 Umea, Sweden

The Kingdom of Sweden was established in 1523, it covers an area of 449,964 sq km, its population is 8.8 million, its capital city is Stockholm, and its official language is Swedish.

May 2003: First flight operates from Heraklion, Greece.

2 MD-83's (JT8D-219) (1559-49769, SE-RDF; 1687-49857, SE-RDE), Swiss International (CSR) wet-leased. 1 MD-83 (1740-53014), Aero Lloyd (ACH) wet-leased.

January 2004: 2003 passengers carried = 160,000.

February 2004: Stockholm (ARN) - Thessaloniki & Irakleion (weekly charters) for Just Travel. In June 2004, Stockholm (ARN) - Athens (weekly charter).

1 order (May 2004) MD-83.

March 2004: MD-83 (53014) returned to Debis AiFinance (DEA).

January 2005: 2004 total passengers carried = 200,000.

February 2005: Selects SafTGlo floorprox system for an MD-83.

January 2006: 2005 total passengers carried = 290,000.

Viking Airlines (VKN) will operate scheduled flights in March for the first time in its history. It will launch a weekly Stockholm Arlanda - Beirut service on March 16 followed by a weekly Stockholm Arlanda - Athens service added on March 31 using MD-83s.

August 2007: The Swedish Civil Aviation Authority halted all flights to Iraq operated by domestic carriers after a Nordic Airways (NOQ) MD-80 was fired upon August 8. The airplane, which departed from Sulaimaniya with 130 on board, was not hit. Nordic (NOQ) and Viking Air (VKN) operate to Iraq.

October 2008: Viking Airlines (VKN) is a Swedish airline operating jet airplane, charter flights for European tour operators from bases in Greece.

(IATA) Code: 4P. (ICAO) Code: VIK (Callsign - SWEDJET).

Parent organization/shareholders: Private investors (100%).

(http://www.vikingairlines.com). (info@vikingairlines.com).

Main Base: Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH); & Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis Airport (HER).

November 2008: 1 +1 order 737-800 delivery, which will initially support Viking Airlines (VKN)'s work with Mediterranean tour operators from bases at Athens, and Heraklion in Greece.

Next summer, these airplanes are likely to be transferred to the UK to support a charter start-up. One will be based at London Gatwick, and the other at Manchester, for flights to eleven destinations in Greece, Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands, Turkey, and Egypt. They will operate under the brand "Kiss Flights," a UK venture owned by Meridian Aviation. Viking (VKN) is understood to be looking to lease 2 A320s under wet-lease (ACMI) deals to support its own operations when the 737-800s join the UK carrier.

December 2008: (AJW) signed a three-year power-by-the-hour contract with Viking Airlines (VKN) covering two 737-800s. The carrier plans to acquire two additional 737-800s next year and by 2011 operate 11 of the type, according to CEO, Christian Tadjeran.

May 2009: 737-8BK (33029, C-FYLC), and 737-86Q (30292, C-FEAK - - SEE PHOTO - - "VKN-737-86Q-2009-05"), SunWing (SWG) wet-leased.

June 2009: 737-36N (28560, SE-RHU), ex-B-2977), (GEF) leased.

July 2009: 737-36N (28567, PK-GGU), and 737-86N (28592, SE-RHX), ex-(EI-DJT), both (GEF) leased.

August 2009: (AJW) Aviation expanded its power-by-the-hour contract with Sweden's Viking Airlines (VKN) to include an additional three 737-300s and one 737-800.

December 2009: 737-8Q8 (30637), leased to Sunwing (SWG) as (C-FTAE).

January 2010: "Viking Hellas (VHS)," the Viking Group's new Athens-based airline, will launch its scheduled service program in February with flights to Manchester (MAN), Erbil, Sulaimaniyah, and Baghdad. (MAN) flights will be thrice-weekly from February 3, increasing to four-times-weekly in March. Service to the Iraqi cities will be weekly and will begin in the first week of February. (VKN) received its Greek Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) in October and also will operate charter flights on behalf of European tour operators. It currently has one MD-83 and will add two A320s in the spring. The Viking Group also runs Sweden's Viking Airlines (VKN) and plans to launch "Viking Airlines UK (VUK)" this year.

August 2010: Viking Airlines (VKN) is considering setting up separate carriers in Poland and the UK. It currently operates three 737-300s and three of its own 737-800s, as well three 737-800s wet-leased from Sunwing Airlines (SWG) on charter services mainly from Greece, Sweden and the UK.

September 2010: See attached - - "VKN-FLIGHT DECK WISDOM-2010-09" which offers good Facebook advice for pilots (FC).

October 2010: Ceased operations.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
VKN-MD-83
VKN-737-86Q-MAY09
VKN-737-8Q8-DEC08

November 2010:

0 737-36N (CFM56-3) (28560, SE-RHU; 28567, PK-GGU), (GEF) LSD 2009-07. RTND.

1 737-8BK (CFM56-7B) (1945-33029, C-FYLC), (SWG) WET-LSD 2009-05. (AGAIN) 2010-05.

2 +7 ORDERS 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (800-30637, SE-RHR - SEE PHOTO - - "VKN-737-8Q8-2008-12"), 2008-11, FOR "KISS FLIGHTS" OPS WITH WINGLETS.
30637; LST (SWG) 2009-12 AS (C-FTAE). 30637 RF (SWG) 2010-06. 189Y.

1 737-808 (CFM56-7B) (34704, C-FTDW), (SWG) LSD 2010-05.

1 737-86N (CFM56-7B) (28592, SE-RHX), EX-(EI-DJT), (GEF) LSD 2009-07. WET-LST (STU) 2010-06.

1 737-86N (CFM56-7B) (28617, SE-RHS), RF (SWG) 2010-06.

1 737-86Q (CFM56-7B) (1451-30292, C-FEAK - - SEE PHOTO - - "VKN-737-86Q-2009-05"), (SWG) WET-LSD 2009-05. (AGAIN) 2010-06.

3 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1596-49631, /89 SE-RDI; 1559-49769, /88 SE-RDF; 1687-49857, /90 SE-RDE), EX-(CSR), (GEF) LSD 2003-05. 161Y.

0 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1740-53014), (ACH) WET-LSD 2003-05, RTND 2004-03. 167Y.

2 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1675-49856, /89 SE-RDG; 1906-49949, /91 SE-RDH), (GEF) LSD, 161Y.

0 A320-231 (0393, SX-SMT), RTND (CGP).

Management:
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CHRISTIAN TADJERAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

MICHAEL CARLSSON, MANAGING DIRECTOR (mike@vikingairlines.com).

 
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