Estonian Air’s ex-CEO now guiding the fates of Nordica and Adria Airways ({{commentsTotal}})

At the press conference informing the public of the cessation of operations of Estonian Air. Ahti Kuningas of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonian Air CEO Jan Palmér, Minister Kristen Michal Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

While bankruptcy registrars have taken the place of Swedish aviation veteran Jan Palmér, who was brought on at Estonian Air in 2012 in order to help save the airline, his counsel remains in high regard among the founders of new aviation firm Nordic Aviation Group (NAG).

Palmér confirmed that he has been kept informed of NAG’s doings all along, and advising its executives via his consulting firm, reported Esonian daily “Eesti Päevaleht” (link in Estonian).

“When they were choosing between two airline providers — either the Slovenian Adria Airways or the Swedish NextJet — I was the one who advised NAG to cooperate with Adria and build off their platform,” said Palmér.

It would not have been possible for Palmér to go from CEO of Estonian Air to CEO of NAG, as the European Commission would have considered this a transfer of business, but there was no such hindrance when it came to consulting.

Palmér registered consultation firm Palmer Aviation and Management OÜ, a private limited company, with the Estonian Central Commercial Register in late February.

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