The last plane down. The first plane up

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At 5:30 pm this past Saturday, Estonian Air’s last flight landed in Tallinn, from Copenhagen. As they took off in Denmark, the crew led by Captain Immanuel Pärt (upper photo, front), son of the composer Arvo Pärt, did not know this would be the last flight in the 24-years history of Estonian Air. It was only after they touched down that the crew learned that European Commission competition authority says state aid to the national airline has been unlawful. Photo: Erik Prozes

Within a day since the last Estonian Air flight touched down in Tallinn, the first one for Nordic Aviation Group took off from the selfsame spot. At 6.45 am Sunday morning, headed towards Amsterdam, this was in cooperation with Adria Airways as flown by BMI. Nordic Aviation Group board member Erik Sakkov said the early morning flight went nicely and according to plan. «The first flight had 32 passengers on board,» he added. Photo: Toomas Tatar