Regional Jet (EE, Tallinn Lennart Meri) has won the Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract in Sweden for the Stockholm Arlanda-Arvidsjaur-Gällivare route, previously operated by the now-bankrupt NextJet (2N, Stockholm Arlanda). The carrier said it will launch the services on September 15.

The contract is valid through October 2019 and is Regional Jet's maiden domestic service in Sweden. All flights will be operated with CRJ-900 equipment, a significant boost in capacity in comparison to NextJet's Saab 340As.

"Back in 2016, we were a subcontractor for NextJet on this route and we thus have a good overview of the expense base of the service we’ll be providing. I would call this a very positive event for the Estonian airline," Thomas Uibo, Director (Marketing & Communications) at Regional Jet's parent Nordica (EE, Tallinn Lennart Meri), said.

While neither Arvidsjaur nor Gällivare does not, at present, see any scheduled traffic, Eurowings is set to operate charters to the former airport this winter season.

Nordica already operates 15x weekly between Tallinn Lennart Meri and Stockholm Arlanda, using the IATA code of technical partner LOT Polish Airlines. The Polish flag carrier is a 49% shareholder in Regional Jet.

Amapola Flyg and BRA - Braathens Regional Airlines have already been awarded other PSO routes vacated by NextJet.