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by HELyes
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Finnair will again operate two round-trip A350 flights to San Francisco next winter on 2 Dec 2018 and 6 Dec 2018. It seems these "Lush" flights always have something fun going on, that's what happened in 2016: https://youtu.be/gnigL3ggyVU A recent Finnair A350 BKK-HEL flight, identical tw...

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by HELyes
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Finnair will again operate two round-trip A350 flights to San Francisco next winter on 2 Dec 2018 and 6 Dec 2018. ( Routesonline ) I wonder, when will Finnair start flying to the US with A350 on a regular basis. How does the hard product differ between the A330 and A350? Earlier this year on my way...

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by HELyes
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What airliner is this?
Replies: 62
Views: 8744

Re: What airliner is this?

ABpositive wrote:
Lack of any blond passengers would eliminate the Finnair imo.


The Finnair narrow bodies feeding the Asia flights often are packed with non blonds ;) But yes, this definitely isn't AY, different seat covers, curtains etc

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by HELyes
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why KLM don‘t serve KEF ?
Replies: 41
Views: 6387

Re: Why KLM don‘t serve KEF ?

The Nordic Europe has become popular among the Asian visitors, that's what encouraged Finnair to open KEF with their own metal. You would think it's the same with KLM, they are big in China especially. Do they code share with FI?

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by HELyes
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 Operators - Europe to Australia with One Stop - Possible?
Replies: 16
Views: 2753

Re: A330 Operators - Europe to Australia with One Stop - Possible?

Yes it’s quite possible using Finnair and combined some of the Chinese carriers today. Easier via BKK using AY/QF codeshares. Most routings go via SIN/HKG (AY 350) but BKK with mixed 350/333 is possible too, checked next winter: LHR-HEL AY1336 (321ER) HEL-BKK AY143 (333) BKK-SYD AY5001 (333) SYD.BK...

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by HELyes
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ireland decriminalizes abortion!
Replies: 130
Views: 3328

Re: Ireland decriminalizes abortion!

Why can't politicians just toe the line? Tsk tsk Not just Catholics, Protestants too know how to mix things. The Finnish parliament has a tiny party of devout Lutheran Protestants who fought hard against the same sex marriage, one of the arguments in their media was the law will make God to turn hi...

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by HELyes
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ireland decriminalizes abortion!
Replies: 130
Views: 3328

Re: Ireland decriminalizes abortion!

The Irish referendum has started a little political drama in Finland. In Finland abortion is not on the agenda and generally religion is seen a very private matter, not to be mixed with daily politics. Finland is the least Catholic country in Europe, the Catholic Church only has some 15,000 members ...

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by HELyes
Wed May 30, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?
Replies: 126
Views: 10862

Re: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?

[ In the USA you can get on a domestic flight without a passport, in Europe you can't. You need a passport for every flight no matter where you're going. That's the reason far more Europeans got a passport than Americans do. No, you don't need a passport inside the Schengen zone in Europe, an ID ca...

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by HELyes
Wed May 30, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?
Replies: 126
Views: 10862

Re: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?

I can't speak for other European nations, but in the UK the legal requirement is 28 days paid holiday per annum for full-time workers (different for part-time or irregular hour workers). It's up to employers whether public holidays (8 days in England) are included in this figure or not, but some em...

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by HELyes
Wed May 30, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Great to get AY A350 to DXB, even if just twice a week. The problem is the mixed product of A321ER/A350 to DXB, their A321ER cabin is rather LCC-ish, quite spartan.

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by HELyes
Wed May 30, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?
Replies: 126
Views: 10862

Re: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/scheng ... ries-list/
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HELyes wrote:

No, you don't need a passport inside the Schengen zone


...which covers most of Europe, 26 countries, both EU and non-EU states. Map: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/scheng ... ries-list/

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by HELyes
Wed May 30, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?
Replies: 126
Views: 10862

Re: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?

[ In the USA you can get on a domestic flight without a passport, in Europe you can't. You need a passport for every flight no matter where you're going. That's the reason far more Europeans got a passport than Americans do. No, you don't need a passport inside the Schengen zone in Europe, an ID ca...

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by HELyes
Tue May 29, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?
Replies: 126
Views: 10862

Re: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?

[Canarias had 16 million tourists in 2017, the largest nationalities being 1. UK 5.2 million 2. Germany 3.1 million 3. Spain (mainland) 1.6 million http://www.gobiernodecanarias.org/noticias/tcd/Turismo/91729/canarias-15.975.507-turistas-ano-2017-aumenta-numero-turistas-millon-6,5-mas-2016 However ...

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by HELyes
Mon May 28, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport special services for Chinese Passengers
Replies: 13
Views: 1632

Re: Airport special services for Chinese Passengers

ilari wrote:
HEL. 95% of signs are also in Chinese, AliPay accepted in most stores, Chinese speaking staff all around the airport


And hot water dispensers available ;)

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by HELyes
Sun May 27, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ireland decriminalizes abortion!
Replies: 130
Views: 3328

Re: Ireland decriminalizes abortion!

In the US last year, there was one abortion for every 5.8 live births. I can't believe the Irish want that for themselves, but apparently they do. The rate has been declining for decades in US. More freedom doesn't automatically mean more abortions, in Finland abortion has been legal since 1950 and...

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by HELyes
Sun May 27, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ireland decriminalizes abortion!
Replies: 130
Views: 3328

Re: Ireland decriminalizes abortion!

I'm of the view that this was a vote from which men should have been precluded. I don't think it's that simple, many times couples make the decision together. Irish writer Graham Linehan on Time: In 2004, my wife Helen and I heard that the baby we dearly wanted would not survive longer than an hour...

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by HELyes
Sat May 26, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland's "Open Prisons"
Replies: 27
Views: 1075

Re: Finland's "Open Prisons"

The widespread amounts of single parent homes is a major cultural problem in many aspects of society. I have no idea how to fix that. Its probably all related somehow. What I've seen an affordable daycare is the key for low income families and especially for single families, so the parent can work ...

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by HELyes
Fri May 25, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland's "Open Prisons"
Replies: 27
Views: 1075

Re: Finland's "Open Prisons"

There's similar thinking with fines, in Finland most fines are based on your taxable income, you can be fined tens of thousands for speeding. The fine doesn't work if you don't feel the sting. I'd like to see that here. We only have "Tagessatz" fines dependent on income if you have a conv...

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by HELyes
Wed May 23, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland's "Open Prisons"
Replies: 27
Views: 1075

Re: Finland's "Open Prisons"

first hurdle: you don't care. When you boil it down you're probably right. Its not that I (and most people) don't care at all its that its not high on the list of priorities for most people. We do know there are issues with prisons in the USA but there are just more pressing things I (and most) peo...

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by HELyes
Wed May 23, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 347
Views: 54467

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

Bearing in mind too that AY and QF have an extensive and long-standing relation for trips via Asia - HEL is in fact a specific exclusion from the QF-EK JV. It's not an exclusion, it just doesn't fall within the scope of the JV because EK doesn't fly to HEL. It seems that QF is free to do what they ...

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by HELyes
Mon May 21, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European expansion in SFO
Replies: 65
Views: 7849

Re: European expansion in SFO

RainerBoeing777 wrote:
10. Finnair - 3 weekly frequencies
Finnair (Airbus A350-900XWB)


Unfortunately still not A350 but A333, this year SFO is served 3 May - 5 Dec.

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by HELyes
Mon May 21, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland's "Open Prisons"
Replies: 27
Views: 1075

Finland's "Open Prisons"

My non Finnish colleague in Helsinki saw a story about the open prisons in Finland on France24 and that left him rather puzzled. We had an interesting discussion, actually many native Finns at work didn't quite know how the prison system works in the country. In Finland a large part of the low-risk ...

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by HELyes
Wed May 16, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swedish airline NextJet goes bankrupt
Replies: 40
Views: 7241

Re: Swedish airline NextJet goes bankrupt

Wow didn't expect that... Finland was their second market, six smaller airports served.

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by HELyes
Tue May 15, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Jeju Air CEO starting longhaul LCC - Air Premia
Replies: 23
Views: 2998

Re: Former Jeju Air CEO starting longhaul LCC - Air Premia

I was a little bit surprised about that also. HEL has some tourism, but nothing that's that big. Finnair also has that advantage of the connecting hub. A large part of the Asian tourists arriving in HEL (in winter) continue to Lapland, there have been a real boom of tourism up there, especially fro...

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by HELyes
Sun May 13, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair inaugural HEL-NKG (Nanjing) flight today May 13
Replies: 10
Views: 2252

Re: Finnair inaugural HEL-NKG (Nanjing) flight today May 13

Really incredible how smart the AY strategy is and how well it has worked for them. Instead of trying to be everyone else (including larger and more established players) AY has built an empire by offering something that no one else was focused on. Yeah Asia was a wise move, they have all the eggs i...

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by HELyes
Sun May 13, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair inaugural HEL-NKG (Nanjing) flight today May 13
Replies: 10
Views: 2252

Re: Finnair inaugural HEL-NKG (Nanjing) flight today May 13

ilari wrote:
Blah, I just added this in the Nordic Aviation thread and asked if they would want to double PEK. Should read first and then write. :D


Probably they still want to double both PVG and PEK.

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by HELyes
Sun May 13, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair inaugural HEL-NKG (Nanjing) flight today May 13
Replies: 10
Views: 2252

Re: Finnair inaugural HEL-NKG (Nanjing) flight today May 13

Congrats AY for the 7th destination in China (HKG included) and the 19th in Asia. So they would prefer twice daily service to Pudong and NKG is kind of plan B?

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by HELyes
Thu May 10, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Finnair would be ready to start HEL-PUS (Busan) but the South-Korean government want them to co operate with the local airlines Korean Air/Asiana. Finnair says "partnering with them has not been very easy". They also would like to add flights to Seoul, served now 7x weekly, the route was o...

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by HELyes
Mon May 07, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

finavia decided to give RVN IVL e KTT an upgrade from 55 mln euros... not bad, i guess one day chines will fly direct there as well. The airports in Finnish Lapland had 23% growth last year, more capacity truly needed, Santa has been busy! Little trivia: In 2017 there were traffic from 21 airports ...

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by HELyes
Wed May 02, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Norwegian would be very welcome on the HEL-Thailand routes, not sure if there are any Siberian overflight issues. Well if we take that literally: no, there are no Siberian overflight issues as the route wouldn’t cross over Siberia. ;) But as DY doesn’t even use Russian airspace on their flights to ...

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by HELyes
Wed May 02, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Not surprised about Paphos. The area is home to some 2.000 retired Finns. Finnair has been flying there for years and in the past they used to operate scheduled flights throughout the year on the B752 I visited Paphos last year, on the AY flight there were a large group of Finnish UN Peacekeeping v...

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by HELyes
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

If you don't mind me asking, what went wrong with your Qatar flight? The B777 on DOH-BKK felt cramped, not much shoulder room, disappointing catering. Yes have noticed those cheap prices to Chongqing from AY, upgrades available often too. CKG hardly is any gold mine to AY but the route probably is ...

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by HELyes
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

I have a question for those who have travelled on Finnair in the past. I need to go for work to Chongqing and only airlines to offer one stop flights from my airport are Finnair and Qatar. What's AY's long-haul product like? I see they are sending the A333 there. Flying in J? I have flown both airl...

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by HELyes
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Nami wrote:
- AY plans to refurbish their A330s during 2020-2022


Their 330 cabins truly need a face lift, pity it takes so long.

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by HELyes
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major airlines that did not buy the 787
Replies: 23
Views: 4920

Re: Major airlines that did not buy the 787

Finnair, SAS

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by HELyes
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flydubai won't locate to DWC. more destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe
Replies: 45
Views: 6751

Re: Flydubai won't locate to DWC. more destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe

Destinations in Europe will have a 'similar DNA' to Helsinki. I wonder what Flydubai means by the similar DNA to Helsinki . HEL is kind of an oddball in Europe, a middle sized hub relying heavily on Asia. Suspect they mean: Unserved by EK or FZ from DXB Mid-sized Are there any left in the same size...

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by HELyes
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flydubai won't locate to DWC. more destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe
Replies: 45
Views: 6751

Re: Flydubai won't locate to DWC. more destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe

xwb777 wrote:
Destinations in Europe will have a 'similar DNA' to Helsinki.


I wonder what Flydubai means by the similar DNA to Helsinki. HEL is kind of an oddball in Europe, a middle sized hub relying heavily on Asia.

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by HELyes
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flydubai announces flights to HEL
Replies: 12
Views: 2656

Re: Flydubai announces flights to HEL

https://news.flydubai.com/flydubai-anno ... -helsinki#
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lightsaber wrote:
Is this confirmed MAX? IMHO the route is too long for good economics with the 738.

Lightsaber


Yes according to their press release: The new route will be operated by a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft


https://news.flydubai.com/flydubai-anno ... -helsinki#

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by HELyes
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flydubai announces flights to HEL
Replies: 12
Views: 2656

Re: Flydubai announces flights to HEL

Nice. Hopefully EK will start taking more advantage of the codeshare agreement with FZ to help compete against QR. See the point, but if you had the choice at similar prices for an economy flight (just for arguments sake) , what would you rather fly, FZ or QR? I know where my money would be going ,...

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by HELyes
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

FlyDubai was already expected in HEL, great news! Their 737 MAX provides 11.6/15.6 inch touchscreens and flat beds in J, sounds good comparing what Finnair and Norwegian have to offer on HEL-DXB.

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by HELyes
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

The passengers on the Norwegian flight D8 481 Split-Helsinki were surprised today when the president of Finland joined them, after his state visit to Croatia. President Niinistö is known for avoiding private jets when possible.

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by HELyes
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

AY will will recruit and train 200+ new cabin crew members, based in HEL: https://rekry.saima.fi/smarthome/open_job_view.html?did=21018&lang=en&jc=79&id=00009856 Fluency in English is required, fluency in Finnish is highly valued, and other language skills are considered an asset Since 2...

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by HELyes
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 69062

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March

Haven't checked the schedules, but SYD-PER-LHR is some 400 nm longer than for example SYD-HKG-LHR (which quite conveniently lies almost exactly on the great circle route between SYD and LHR). I am sure airport congestion and winds aloft also play a role... QF should do a SYD-HEL to create a non sto...

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by HELyes
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation News - 2018
Replies: 716
Views: 68342

Re: Chicago aviation news - 2018

Is this the first A350 service to ORD? Taking this flight in September and looking forward to it? Did Finnair bring in the 350 last year, or am I mistaken? Finnair has not sent the A350 into ORD at all. I believe JFK was the only NA destination last year. They have sent A350 to JFK once. Their only...

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by HELyes
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

I wonder what's puting OSL and ARN so low in the ranking(s), my personal experiences have been better than that. The transit process wasn't the smoothest in OSL though but not sure if the crowded mornings/aftrenoons in HEL are that much more pleasant.

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by HELyes
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity
Replies: 125
Views: 18029

Re: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity

I'm not a big fan of their LH product but I do hope they'll get back on tracks. They are a big and efficient player in HEL with both domestic and European services, bringing much needed competition to the market.

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by HELyes
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why should the West care if relations with Russia deteriorate?
Replies: 198
Views: 4313

Re: Why should the West care if relations with Russia deteriorate?

Haha. I like the vodka argument - though it's likelier to work with Ireland or Finland. Russians aren't the biggest drinkers on the continent anymore :))) Actually Russia still beats Ireland, Finland and many other happy drinkers in Europe. Vodka, beer or wine, everything goes ;) Total alcohol cons...

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by HELyes
Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planned Stopovers?
Replies: 19
Views: 2015

Re: Planned Stopovers?

Widerøe in Norway still operates certain thru-flights like that, especially in the north. Also in Norway, in 2012 I flew BGO-ARN-HEL on Finnair where ARN was just a stop, and I didn't deplane. I'm pretty sure that BGO-HEL is now non-stop. Finnair still operates thru-flights to BGO via ARN, their pa...

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by HELyes
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 77151

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

There has been some flights to PJA (Pajala) in northern Sweden for british tourists, but I'm not sure if they have been a success or not. And Easyjet have been flying to OSD this winter. I think the demand to northern Finland has in a large part been driven by mostly british tour operators organizi...

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by HELyes
Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Finnair MD-11 Economy Seat Width
Replies: 4
Views: 593

Re: Finnair MD-11 Economy Seat Width

With much discussion going on about the seat width of 777/787/A330, it made me wonder how wide Finnair's MD-11 seats were in Economy. They had a tight 3-4-3 configuration which was tight for a legacy airline. Going even further back, Cathay Pacific had 3-4-3 Economy Class in the L1011 Tristar. How ...

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