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by HELyes
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 144
Views: 15955

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

It seems like Swedes and Finns reacted to the heat in different ways . Finnish holiday makers typically want to secure a certain resort and hotel and book their holiday early, especially families and older folk. It's often hard to find last minute offers during the school holidays.The summer 2017 w...

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by HELyes
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DNA Tested
Replies: 41
Views: 2954

Re: DNA Tested

There is a couple of things I'm curious about: why people sometimes mistake me for "asian" or "chinese" when as far as I know I'm white with an "Elizabeth Warren" sized drop of Native American ancestry. I can't look *that* native. But in my mom's pictures from her yout...

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: HKT vs. SXM
Replies: 14
Views: 1738

Re: HKT vs. SXM

Where did you stay while at Nayang? Is this an area you recommend for both accommodations and convenient access to airplane spotting at HKT? I’ve only traveled to Kata Noi and enjoyed the peaceful environment there during the week I spent towards the end of the monsoon season. I stayed in a simple,...

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The business model of Finnair?
Replies: 28
Views: 4457

Re: The business model of Finnair?

MalevTU134 wrote:
You mean they have sisu....in this case, until 1991, that was siSU. :D


Heh yeah.. There's a bear in the attic and it's not going away. Just try to make the best of the situation ;)

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The business model of Finnair?
Replies: 28
Views: 4457

Re: The business model of Finnair?

I partly disagree with you on that. Finnair captures great part of traffic to N.America from Russia. It is almost always lost in discussions like this that AY's hub is an X-shaped hub, with the Western Europe-Asia leg being way larger than Eastern Europe-N. America leg, of course. Yes you are right...

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by HELyes
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The business model of Finnair?
Replies: 28
Views: 4457

Re: The business model of Finnair?

One thing that has supported Finnair in recent years are the joint ventures, Atlantic (AA/AY/BA/IB) in US market and Siberian (AY/BA/IB/JL) in Japan. I wonder if AY had opened SFO and LAX without the Atlantic JV, geography and the smallish home market work against them in N America. The Siberian JV ...

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by HELyes
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: European Widebodies 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 747

Re: European Widebodies 2019

Finnair is adding widebody flights on short hauls, like LHR gets a daily A330. And BRU got a widebody back. AY1331/1332 HEL-LHR-HEL, A359, D AY1337/1338 HEL-LHR-HEL, A330, D, starting 31MAR19 AY1541/1542 HEL-BRU-HEL A330/A359, 36 AY1671/1672 HEL-AGP-HEL, A330, 57, 01MAR19-29MAR19 DXB has A359 twice ...

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by HELyes
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: HKT vs. SXM
Replies: 14
Views: 1738

Re: HKT vs. SXM

I stayed in Nayang next to HKT in December 2017. I like the area, peaceful and a nice big beach, easy plane spotting close by. Was perfect for a couple of days. Nayang Beach, for plane spotting you turn right from here, 10 min walk on the beach. P.S A good new HKT plane spotting video: https://youtu...

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by HELyes
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Thai Airways | FREE FIRST CLASS UPGRADE | Bangkok to Phuket | B747-400 | Report and Video Link
Replies: 2
Views: 3741

Re: Thai Airways | FREE FIRST CLASS UPGRADE | Bangkok to Phuket | B747-400 | Report and Video Link

Wow you did get a good seat ;) Now I know what to try next time in Thailand, I want in the front AND in the hump of B747. I have flown widebodies on BKK-HKT a couple of times but always missed 747. I hope it's still there next time... Yes I agree, the Royal Silk domestic lounge is disappointing.

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by HELyes
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Day Trip To London: Finnair A350/A320 In J (mostly PICS)
Replies: 0
Views: 1965

Day Trip To London: Finnair A350/A320 In J (mostly PICS)

Hi, Now in the middle of winter it's a good time to go back to the hot summer 2018. I needed to use Finnair upgrade vouchers before the autumn, the solution was a quick day trip to London. There were inexpensive flights available on Saturdays and free J seats on the A350, the best short haul product...

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by HELyes
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair to launch New Chitose
Replies: 9
Views: 3368

Re: Finnair to launch New Chitose

https://company.finnair.com/en/media/al ... id=3176664
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Sapporo (CTS) officially announced now by FInnair, seasonal service starting Dec 15 2019, twice a week.

https://company.finnair.com/en/media/al ... id=3176664

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by HELyes
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 144
Views: 15955

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

AY has confirmed the launch of Sapporo, and they will also fly a leisure route to Punta Cana in W19/20, apparently instead of Puerto Vallarta. https://company.finnair.com/en/media/all-releases/news?id=3176664 Great Sapporo was confirmed, a new service for European skiers mainly, unless expanded to ...

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by HELyes
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair to launch New Chitose
Replies: 9
Views: 3368

Re: Finnair to launch New Chitose

TC957 wrote:
Great add, and about time too. But does anyone think AY should combine CTS & FUK into one HEL-CTS-FUK service ?


FUK and the unconfirmed CTS are both seasonal, summer/winter. And AY probably prefers to keep the 24h rotatio available.

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by HELyes
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair to launch New Chitose
Replies: 9
Views: 3368

Re: Finnair to launch New Chitose

Nothing official from Finnair yet but this sounds reliable, Sapporo (CTS) has been on the table for a quite some time. It looks they especially have the European ski tourists in their mind, rather than Hokkaido people travelling to Europe. Perhaps Haneda next, that's been on their wish list too.

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by HELyes
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 144
Views: 15955

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

Little birds in Japan chirp Finnair would open Sapporo next winter, the frequency being twice a week. Sapporo (with Nanjing and Busan) was one of the three possible destinations mentioned when the new overflight deal with Russia was announced in 2017.

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 144
Views: 15955

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

https://twitter.com/VirginAtlantic/stat ... 5721046016
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Virgin Atlantic A350 pilots are training in Finland today & tomorrow, with Finnair Flight Academy on AY A359 HEL-OUL, call sign AY9983. RVN was cancelled due the weather.

https://twitter.com/VirginAtlantic/stat ... 5721046016

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by HELyes
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Helsinki in vogue: Tibet Airlines to fly to HEL from Lhasa via Jinan in April, followed by CZ/HO from CAN/PVG later
Replies: 26
Views: 4167

Re: Helsinki in vogue: Tibet Airlines to fly to HEL from Lhasa via Jinan in April, followed by CZ/HO from CAN/PVG later

Finavia comfirms the coming Jinan-Helsinki service by Tibet Airways. It is currently planned the new route will commence on April 8th, operated with Airbus A330 twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. So no Lhasa connection coming. https://www.finavia.fi/en/newsroom/2019/new-long-distance-route-asia-...

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by HELyes
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your best flights of 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1838

Re: Your best flights of 2018

I have a soft spot for widebodies on short routes so AY A359 on HEL-LHR (J) was a clear winner in 2018.

The >6h flights HEL-LPA-HEL on AY A321ER was expected to be the worst ones but wasn't that bad actually... With a better legroom seat in front and a free seat next to me. Nice crews.

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by HELyes
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 144
Views: 15955

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

Thank you both for your replies. It is interesting that AY has managed to do so well on this market despite increasing competition. AY once had bigger plans for India, like India-US East Coast connections via HEL but this hasn't really materialized. BOM was axed and beside DEL there now is seasonal...

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by HELyes
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tsunami 2004: Improvised Flying Clinic B757 (pics)
Replies: 0
Views: 551

Tsunami 2004: Improvised Flying Clinic B757 (pics)

Hi, Here are some pics from a B757 evacuation flight BKK/HKT-HEL on the New Year's Eve in 2004 after the tsunami in Asia. The article itself is in Finnish, skip the video in the beginning. https://www.is.fi/ulkomaat/art-2000005902295.html After the Christmas tsunami in 2004 a couple of thousands Fin...

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by HELyes
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

SRQKEF wrote:

Any idea where the slots are coming from?


It looks AY made a deal with BA who announced the cancellation of BA798/795 LHR-HEL for S19, the capacity was moved to Finnair. The total number of seats will increase though, with the A333.

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by HELyes
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Finnair is adding capacity to LHR from 31MAR19, a new daily service and more widebody flights.

A new daily service on HEL-LHR:
AY1343 11:40-12:50
AY1344 13:50-18:45

The daily 1337/1338 gets an A333 and the A350 on 1331/1332 continues as well.

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by HELyes
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 Sharklets
Replies: 51
Views: 10234

Re: A350 Sharklets

https://twitter.com/mpylkko/status/1074565096637108224
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jwjsamster wrote:
I'm not too sure that I've noticed a difference in wingtips between different A350s, could someone perhaps show the two types for clarity?


The old and the new A350 sharklets: https://twitter.com/mpylkko/status/1074565096637108224

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by HELyes
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair looking at India flights in W19
Replies: 34
Views: 3924

Re: Icelandair looking at India flights in W19

If Icelandair flew to East Asia - eg Tokyo or Singapore, it would have to be about bringing tourists to see Iceland - yes I know about Asians visiting north Finland in winter on charters - business demand will be nil. Are there enough people to pay a high enough price for Asia-Iceland as a point-to...

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by HELyes
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Wizzair also starting Luton-Turku next summer, 3x weekly from July 2. Wizzair calls Turku " Finland’s second city" which may raise an argument elsewhere in Finland ,) https://wizzair.com/en-gb/information-and-services/about-us/news/2018/12/17/wizz-air-celebrates-40-million-passengers-at-lo...

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by HELyes
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

cityairline wrote:
Today (Wednesday) we at GOT welcomed the very first flight with Qatar Airways and its 787-8 Dreamliner!
Links


Congrats GOT! One of my favorite hassle free airports, must be smooth with QR too.

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by HELyes
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no CPH-JNB?
Replies: 21
Views: 4207

Re: Why no CPH-JNB?

As well as there is no direct links beteween Scandinavia and South America. SAS flew to GIG and GRU for a few time back at the 80s and 90s and Varig served CPH via LHR from GRU with 777/MD-11 till its end. Nowadays only via hubs, but no scandinavian or south american carrier connect those regions. ...

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by HELyes
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

It looks like BA will drop HEL from 2x daily to just 1x daily in S19. Coming back to this, in addition to the current morning A350 flight, AY will fly another LHR flight with a widebody from next spring. Or did they say they are considering adding widebody capacity on the HEL-LHR route? I understoo...

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by HELyes
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Finland is investigating whether Russia recently interfered with GPS signals in Lapland, endangering civilian air traffic. This took place during the Trident Juncture war games organized by NATO and its partners, including Finland. Last week Finland’s air navigation services issued a warning for air...

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by HELyes
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Next confirmed SQ non-stop Trans-Pacific destination: SEA
Replies: 224
Views: 26326

Re: Updated: Next confirmed SQ non-stop Trans-Pacific destination: SEA

Maybe a return of Finnair? There hasn't been non-stop service to Scandanavia since SAS left town. Finland is not part of Scandinavia. I stand corrected - thank you for pointing that out Yes officially Finland and Iceland are not part of Scandinavia. You often hear Scandinavia used as a synonym for ...

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by HELyes
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

ATR 72 aircraft will see renewed cabins as of 2019. Finnair will also introduce Premium Economy in 2021 for the entire long-haul fleet. news.cision "The rollout of Premium Economy class to Finnair’s long-haul fleet starts in Q4 2020 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Detailed ...

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by HELyes
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with Free Wi-Fi
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Airports with Free Wi-Fi

HEL:
Unlimited free wifi, no signing up

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by HELyes
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iceland ran out of beer.. sort of
Replies: 6
Views: 1243

Re: Iceland ran out of beer.. sort of

Yes, it was the 7,000 lightweight members of the US forces that drank the town dry......not the other 33,000 NATO personnel in attendance :roll: 40000 ( closer to 50000 ) is the number of total soldiers participating in Trident Juncture wich mostly take place in Norway, not Iceland. The article tal...

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by HELyes
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to pull US from Russia missile treaty
Replies: 57
Views: 3773

Re: Trump to pull US from Russia missile treaty

You are giving a bit rosy picture of the Finnish & Russian relationship. Some people are paid to paint "a bit rosy picture" of Russia and its relationships. I think you stumbled into one of them... ;) Yes this is not the first time I read how "Finland feels totally safe" als...

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by HELyes
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to pull US from Russia missile treaty
Replies: 57
Views: 3773

Re: Trump to pull US from Russia missile treaty

If you want an example of "good neighbor Putin" - just look at Finland. Russians don't have anything having targets in Finland and don't have any significant military forces within hundreds of kilometers from their border. Finns are feeling totally safe and fine, no "aggressive Putin...

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by HELyes
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

I was in HEL a few years ago and I remember the airport being very small, especially the check-in area. Have they build an additional terminal or have they expanded the facilities? One of the things I hated the most were the low ceilings, it felt like being in an underground. Sounds you were in T1 ...

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by HELyes
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Nami wrote:
It can’t happen soon enough.


:checkmark: Their A333 cabins really need a facelift, the contrast to A350 is pretty sharp.

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by HELyes
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

QuawerAir wrote:
- Finnair will receive one A350 this year and up to four A350s next year, instead of two (however, I'm not sure whether this is an incorrect number).


Lentoposti.fi first gave wrong numbers. A350 #12 arriving in December, next two coming in 2019, the total number 19 ordered.

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by HELyes
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Av pic thread, Q4 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 3313

Re: Non-Av pic thread, Q4 2018

WarRI1 wrote:
Helyes.

Is that smog we see, or the weather?


The air is rather polluted in central Bangkok, probably that and the right weather conditions give great sunsets..

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by HELyes
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Av pic thread, Q4 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 3313

Re: Non-Av pic thread, Q4 2018

Bangkok sunset, Silom Rd

Image

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by HELyes
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

[quote="kruiseri"][/quote]

Thanks for the info! I didn't realize the J seats are not fully flat, sounds not a problem. They have cheap flights MXP-BKK, would be cool to try them just for fun.

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by HELyes
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Will AY ever consider introducing premium economy? They did consider PE, instead of a new travel class their widebodies now have around 40 Economy Comfort seats each. That means a Y seat with 3-5 inches extra legroom, noise cancelling head phones, a modest amenity kit, free WiFi for one hour, prior...

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by HELyes
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Finnair will lease an Airbus A330-200 from Air Italy to operate on routes to Chicago and Miami. AY will be using this 260-seat aircraft between 12 Oct and 31 Oct Lentoposti In English: https://company.finnair.com/en/media/all-releases/news?id=3079427 That will be a wet lease, the flights have two c...

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by HELyes
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance
Replies: 130
Views: 32371

Re: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance

AA/Qantas/Cathay are not integrated in their respective alliance? I would have thought they are the most active within oneworld alongside JL and BA. These carriers have extensive codeshares (AA+QF, QF+JL, CX+JL, CX+AA, JL+AA, BA+JL, AA+BA and recently CX+QF) If ever, I would say UL, MH and RJ are n...

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by HELyes
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnnair to wet lease an A330-200 from Air Italy
Replies: 5
Views: 2336

Re: Finnnair to wet lease an A330-200 from Air Italy

https://company.finnair.com/en/media/al ... id=3079427

It's a wet lease, the flights have two cabin crew members from AY.
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A press release from AY in English: https://company.finnair.com/en/media/al ... id=3079427

It's a wet lease, the flights have two cabin crew members from AY.

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by HELyes
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 168104

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Finnair will lease an Airbus A330-200 from Air Italy to operate on routes to Chicago and Miami. AY will be using this 260-seat aircraft between 12 Oct and 31 Oct Lentoposti In English: https://company.finnair.com/en/media/all-releases/news?id=3079427 That will be a wet lease, the flights have two c...

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by HELyes
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FDA Issues warning about Black Licorice
Replies: 40
Views: 1982

Re: FDA Issues warning about Black Licorice

There's even a liqueur made of vodka + salmiak licorice, that has been a hit among the Dutch people I know That has to be close to Greek Ouzo. :vomit: Not much difference taste wise between Anise and Licorice. Okie No, it doesn't taste like Ouzo. I don't like Ouzo myself but a salmiak shot is fine,...

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by HELyes
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FDA Issues warning about Black Licorice
Replies: 40
Views: 1982

Re: FDA Issues warning about Black Licorice

There's even a liqueur made of vodka + salmiak licorice, that has been a hit among the Dutch people I know That has to be close to Greek Ouzo. :vomit: Not much difference taste wise between Anise and Licorice. Okie No, it doesn't taste like Ouzo. I don't like Ouzo myself but a salmiak shot is fine,...

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by HELyes
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FDA Issues warning about Black Licorice
Replies: 40
Views: 1982

Re: FDA Issues warning about Black Licorice

I am aware of the backstory. Now why aren't the Dutch ( 4lbs per head and year, 1/4 ounce/day )Danes ( second best but couldn't find a number ) dying in droves left and right Indeed, why am I (and millions of fellow Dutchmen) still living? Okay, I don't it much but I reckon I must have been dead by...

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by HELyes
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay cancels CPH in 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 7858

Re: Cathay cancels CPH in 2019

I would think they might use the OW hub in HEL to connect to the Nordics. Suppose it would depend on how nice AY wants to play with competition on the route. AY and JL have that kind of close arrangement through the Europe-Japan joint venture (with BA IB), both use their own metal on HEL-NRT. Hardl...

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