I think the only two that have a chance at SEA would be two returns, Finnair (because of their partnership with AS) and maybe SU. Finnair to SEA would be great, they used to fly HEL-SEA-LAX (DC-10) in late 1980's. That was the first long haul experience for little HELyes. Realistically, a new AY ro...Jump to post
UA777EWRTLV wrote:Which airlines operate intra-European flights with a true business class seat?
For one DXB could be a 332 route, and so could phuket. A332 to Phuket? No no no.. planning to take AY A350 there this winter ;) Both Phuket and Krabi are served by A350, like all their long haul 'leisure' destinations this winter, except Goa gets A333. HEL-PVR (Puerto Vallarta in Mexico) starting i...Jump to post
A couple of years back on Helsinki-Phuket a Thomas Cook Scandinavia A332 had five toilets downstairs and one(?) on the main deck. I found it great but the flight had many families with little kids and elderly people who seemingly were not as pleased, the stairs were rather steep. http://www.airliner...Jump to post
flyboy_se wrote:I guess that with many 320s idle, they want to deploy them as soon as possible.
One stop will always be a more desirable option to most people. But that being said, Australia is a surprisingly big market for AY. Not necessarily. Many people prefer some intermediate stops during long trips to extend their legs. At least I do. And most of those who prefer less stops do not want ...Jump to post
Finnair's scheduled flight AY979 yesterday to FNC, Madeira was truly unlucky, it didn't divert only once but three times. Probably due the weather in Madeira the final routing for A321 (OH-LZH) was HEL-TFS-PXO-LIS, this "Atlantic Tour" took 15h. The passengers are probably spending the nig...Jump to post
What about the Finns? :-) Portugal felt like home, slow and melancholic. Helsinki is a deep-frozen Lisbon :) Seen that movie/documentary portraying the Finnish Tango Culture ? ref: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2705574/ . Yes saw the documentary on TV, very accurate, shows though tango is loved in Fi...Jump to post
As Lentoposti mentioned in their article (http://www.lentoposti.fi/uutiset/arvopaperi_finnairin_toimitusjohtaja_vauramo_kaipaa_yhti_lle_isoa_kumppania) (in Finnish), the possible partner could also be Asian. When you think of it, it makes more sense. AY has for long time focused on Asian customers ...Jump to post
AY's stock bounced up around 9% today, is there some real reason behind this? Don't know if related but Finnair CEO was interviewed in Arvopaperi paper, targeted to stock owners. Once again he brought up AY need a bigger partner. He said the collapse of AB made Finnair even more isolated and they n...Jump to post
My guess is ARN gets EK 388 next winter season, will join the party then, already plannig the routing ;) Finnair will be the official carrier of the Swedish Olympic Team in the coming Winter Olympics in South-Korea (fingers crossed). In Swedish: http://sok.se/arkiv-for-artiklar/2017-09-25-finnair-fl...Jump to post
Finland's national airline Finnair says it plans to hire more than 1,000 new employees over the next few years in order to fly new routes and propel expansion. Source: https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/finnair_planning_to_hire_more_than_1000_workers/9838340 Will the new employees need to speak Fin...Jump to post
Finnair have a bus serice from HEL to the central railway station ...used it this morning. Really good service. Indeed Finnair still have their own bus service to the city, the train connection didn't kill it. It takes around the same 30min with a train or bus, in rain/winter the underground train ...Jump to post
What might that be? Most likely something not worth hyping up, but that's how these things work. Hardly anything spectacular coming, they have started a humoresque campaign on social media with slogans like "HEL of an experience" and "successful entrepreneurs go through HEL every day...Jump to post
According to Wikipedia, Finnair will launch seasonal service to Los Angeles on 1 November 2017. Is this going to happen? Finnair is advertising LAX on internet banners, but I couldn't find any non stops yet... Nothing really too strange about that. AY often has some offers with oneworld partner AA ...Jump to post
MIflyer12 wrote:Ankara? Yes, by (many) miles.
I find it kind of strange why Finnair considered SFO before LAX. Otherwise, I think LAX would be a nice addition to the AY network. Lots of tech connections between Finland and the Bay Area. LAX not as much. Yes like the game industry. Finnair advertises faster flying times to Asia via their Helsin...Jump to post
Finnair is a funny one. Of course it stands for Finland, but Finn is also a first name so it could also mean the airline of Finn just like Ryanair could mean the airline of Ryan. Never thought that but yes Finn could be like Bjorn Kjos, founder of Norwegian ,) Finn/Finland doesn't come from the Fin...Jump to post
One point was the cargo capacity MD11 could offer to AYJump to post
It seems that Icelandair operates to HEL with Boeing 767. Today FI used 767 on flight FI342. They're using the 767 on HEL the whole weekend due to the Eurobasket tournament here, and the Finland-Iceland World Cup Qualification football game on Sunday. I just landed in HEL myself (although I went vi...Jump to post
Cathay will fly 3x weekly May-October HKG-CPH using A350-900 next year https://www.cph.dk/en/about-cph/press/news/20171/8/new-cathay-pacific-route-form-cph-to-hongkong/ Is this the first time Cathay serve a Nordic city? Cool news, could have some impact on Finnair and SAS, especially if the service...Jump to post
I found it interesting that in addition to this flight, BKK and NRT were seeing frequency increases: http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1355639&start=450#p19781587 For an European legacy they are surprisingly active in Thailand, in the coming winter they have together 21 wee...Jump to post
3 daily to NRT is impressive. How many European airports have more weekly seats to Tokyo than HEL? I guess not many. / Yes HEL-NRT traffic has grown surprisingly well during the years. It all started with AY's once weekly service in 1983 with DC-10, I wish I had experienced that :) Japan generally ...Jump to post
And Chinese tourists mostly go to Sweden. Hard to support this with mostly connection Actually in 2016 Norway was the most popular country among the tourists from China & HK, Sweden came second and Finland third. Finland (Lapland) was the most popular in winter season with 36% market share. For...Jump to post
Very impressive Asian network these guys have going. What's next? Shenzhen? At the same time with Nanjing they also got rights to fly to Sapporo and Busan, could be one of those next in Asia. Nanjing will be their 19th destination in Asia, next winter they'll start A333 service to Goa. The next new...Jump to post
The distances are very long to Scandinavia, but according to Airbus would be within range of an A350-900 at its longest range, and presumably also the 777-8. V/F It's a long way from NZ to anywhere in Europe but the Nordic hubs are closer to Auckland than LHR FRA or CDG, comparing the Great Circle ...Jump to post
A lot much change before that happens.. Hard to see it making any sense economically. But how cool it would be to see a Nordic carrier down there in NZ or AU one day. A couple of years back Finnair's CEO answered "never say never" when asked about Sydney, though stressed there are no such ...Jump to post
I believe that it was Zoom Airlines, sister company, Zoom UK that operated a few charter flights for a Scandinavian company operating to HKT and BKK if I'm not mistaken. Yes you are right, Zoom UK 767 operated flights for Nordic tour operator(s) to Thailand, at least on Billund-Phuket it seems. The...Jump to post
I noticed that as well. There were some other interesting flight paths this evening due to a bit of a storm in the region. A front of severe thunderstorms hit Helsinki city and moved north-east over HEL. The winds looked really strong, no wonder new flight paths were chosen. Even the national emerg...Jump to post
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Colombo does not have any nonstop service to the U.S., but it does have nonstop service to DOH, HEL, LHR, and NRT, which are hubs for oneworld alliance members QR, BA, AY, and JL. The only nonstop services between Colombo and Helsinki have been seasonal leisure flights, operated by tour operators l...Jump to post
DC-10: Finnair HEL-SEA (of the HEL-SEA-LAX route) in summer 1986, my first and only DC-10 flight.
MD-11 short haul: Finnair HEL-STN charter in 1991, probably crew training. Those days package trips to inexpensive (!) London were popular...
MD-11 long haul: Finnair HEL-BKK in 2003
Yeah, it really is a pity. I loved the A333 but I've never flown on the 350 and would've loved to try it on this route. Havana, Puerto Plata, and Puerto Vallerta? Seems like a bit of a waste for such a lovely aircraft, IMHO Amrit Yes it looks a bit odd they'll put their shiny new A350 on those leis...Jump to post
Hi kann123air, Thanks for the enjoyable TR! Pity AY don't fly A350 to JFK yet, after trying A350 you don't miss back to A333 ,) Their first scheduled A350 destination in Americas will be Puerto Vallarta in Mexico next winter, plus Havana and Puerto Plata. Yes they served Mumbai around 2007-2009, hop...Jump to post
Can't see the A321LR fitting with them to be honest. The furthest their leisure fleet goes is the Canaries. Finnair is expected to announce a narrowbody order in the near future, curious to see how it goes. A321LR would be cool but probably not happening. They don't have a separate leisure fleet/di...Jump to post
Qatar's website shows 787 for HEL from September on. Finnair's current long narrowbody routes are typically leisure-orientated, package holidays have always been a big part of their business model. They do offer a Business class to DXB on A321 (6h flight) but it's just a Y class seat, the middle sea...Jump to post
What about Urumqi? No European airline serves there and the main connection from Europe is through Astana or Almaty. That would be interesting, in theory western China could be served by their A321, HEL-URC 2403 nm is around 100 nm shorter than their HEL-LPA route. I wonder if they've ever consider...Jump to post
Dutchy wrote:Ah St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, not the one in Russia. Perhaps the headline could be changed to include that, gives a bit more context.