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by HELyes
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Av pic thread, Q4 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 592

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: 18
Views: 592

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: 1054
Views: 129059

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: 1054
Views: 129059

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: 1054
Views: 129059

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: 55
Views: 12678

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: 2263

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: 1054
Views: 129059

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: 1271

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: 1271

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: 1271

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: 7434

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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by HELyes
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are you in the middle class?
Replies: 46
Views: 1555

Re: Are you in the middle class?

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/20 ... dle-class/


Sorry the calculator doesn't know my 'state' ;)

Would had been nice if you mentioned "in the USA" in the title.
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casinterest wrote:


Sorry the calculator doesn't know my 'state' ;)

Would had been nice if you mentioned "in the USA" in the title.

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by HELyes
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct
Replies: 154
Views: 24533

Re: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct

Perhaps Finnair is lucky and get some of these professionals... Finnair will increase their (A350) flights to HKG from 1x daily to 10x weekly in S19 and they only use HKG based crews. Finnish language skills not required. I think it's 10 weekly to 2 daily for S19 but I'm not sure how attractive wou...

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by HELyes
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct
Replies: 154
Views: 24533

Re: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct

blandy62 wrote:

If I recall well in a not so distant past they used to have Finnish crew based in BKK for the BKK-SIN run. Time changes....


Yes, for the both BKK-SIN and BKK-HKG runs.

Also their Spanish routes are partly outsourced now.

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by HELyes
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct
Replies: 154
Views: 24533

Re: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct

Perhaps Finnair is lucky and get some of these professionals... Finnair will increase their (A350) flights to HKG from 1x daily to 10x weekly in S19 and they only use HKG based crews. Finnish language skills not required. Interresting. Those HKG must be so cheap to hire then and you can just get ri...

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by HELyes
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct
Replies: 154
Views: 24533

Re: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct

Perhaps Finnair is lucky and get some of these professionals... Finnair will increase their (A350) flights to HKG from 1x daily to 10x weekly in S19 and they only use HKG based crews. Finnish language skills not required.

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by HELyes
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest Wide Body Service
Replies: 53
Views: 3745

Re: Shortest Wide Body Service

HEL-BRU AY A333 (restarts in Oct)
HEL-LHR AY A350

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by HELyes
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no Virgin Atlantic / SAS service to Canada?
Replies: 25
Views: 4491

Re: Why no Virgin Atlantic / SAS service to Canada?

it would be nice to have a more direct flight, not having to connect through CPH, AMS, FRA or LHR. I have family in BC, it would be great to connect through YYZ, with a stopover in Toronto. I think my family have tried all the available routings between HEL and YVR, through SEA when AY and SK still...

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by HELyes
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no Virgin Atlantic / SAS service to Canada?
Replies: 25
Views: 4491

Re: Why no Virgin Atlantic / SAS service to Canada?

Finnair did HEL - YYZ for a while (I actually flew on them back in the late 90s when they used the MD11 on this route), then downgraded to a 757... then nothing. Actually Finnair returned in 2014 with A333 but that didn't last longer than a couple of summer seasons. Perhaps A350 on the next round...

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by HELyes
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA commencing LHR-KIX in 2019 Spring
Replies: 41
Views: 9312

Re: BA commencing LHR-KIX in 2019 Spring

So next summer season the oneworld "Siberian joint venture" of JL BA AY IB has 13 weekly flights between KIX and Europe: AY 10 weekly and BA 3 weekly. That's a significant growth, in S18 the joint venture has Finnair's 7 weekly service to HEL.

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by HELyes
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1054
Views: 129059

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

The construction of the new airport in Sälen, "Scandinavian Mountains airport" can be followed here: https://scandinavianmountains.se/folj-bygget/ In Swedish, but plenty of pictures. Interesting remote tower concept. It says they are expecting the first flight in 2019 already, targeting t...

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by HELyes
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia
Replies: 63
Views: 7179

Re: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia

The weather seldom is any big issue for the airports in Northern Europe, we are prepared for winters up here. Except for the 20-30 commercial airports operated with low-category (CAT I-II) ILS in Scandinavia versus the frequent fog happening (like NYO, MMX, TRF, KRS, SVG, TKU, HAU, AES, TRD, VXO, T...

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by HELyes
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia
Replies: 63
Views: 7179

Re: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia

How much time is saved if you have weather issues? (same for HEL I would say) The weather seldom is any big issue for the airports in Northern Europe, we are prepared for winters up here, I assume in Poland as well. In HEL the major delays because of weather are rare, the last time HEL was closed b...

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by HELyes
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest flight from your airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 2446

Re: Longest flight from your airport?

Helsinki (HEL): Finnair's seasonal A350 service to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 5386 nm (6,198 mi), a block time of 12h 20min.

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by HELyes
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest air routes worldwide by PAX TRAFFIC for 2017 revealed ahead of Guangzhou World Routes 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1221

Re: Busiest air routes worldwide by PAX TRAFFIC for 2017 revealed ahead of Guangzhou World Routes 2018

PerfectGriffin wrote:
GMP-CJU is amazing to fly on. The number of flights departing between the airports every hour is incredible.


Huge numbers. And almost entirely based on tourism? The Jeju island only has some 600K inhabitants.

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by HELyes
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1054
Views: 129059

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

:cloudnine: Now Qatar replace the B787 to A359 with the new Qsuite on flights to Stockholm. That means that those who fly business have a double bed to evict themselves in...... Wow that would be a good excuse to pay for an upgrade on the ARN-DOH leg, just for the experience... Though to be squeeze...

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by HELyes
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Typhoon Jebi hits Japan, KIX currently closed and underwater
Replies: 152
Views: 22488

Re: Typhoon Jebi hits Japan, KIX currently closed and underwater

zakuivcustom wrote:
NGO will probably take most of the load for KIX.


Finnair moved their daily KIX flight (A350) to NGO till 17 September, so they now serve NGO 2x daily.

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by HELyes
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1054
Views: 129059

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Finnair restart a widebody service to BRU from 31 October, this time with A330, twice a week on Wed and Sat mornings AY1541/1542. The A330 replaces E90/A319, cargo is the main reason.

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by HELyes
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1054
Views: 129059

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

minilinde wrote:
Interesting that Cathay are not coming back, great news for SAS!


Also Finnair will be happy the wave goodbye. AY announced they will increase HKG flights to 2x daily in S19.

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by HELyes
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1054
Views: 129059

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

SKAirbus wrote:
this thread has essentially become the "AY/HEL 2018" thread


In summer I was thinking why it's so quiet here, only HEL survived the heat wave? ;) Yes more Nordic news please.

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by HELyes
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission proposes abolishing DST
Replies: 54
Views: 1451

Re: European Commission proposes abolishing DST

noviorbis77 wrote:
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Would there not be safety issues of kids going too or from school in Scotland?


You mean the dark hours in winter would be a safety issue? The Nordic kids survive just fine, not many hours daylight up here in the mid winter.

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by HELyes
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1054
Views: 129059

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

https://company.finnair.com/en/media/al ... id=3036060
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Finnair's new CEO from January 2109 is Mr Topi Manner, Finnish 44y old. He is the Head of personal banking in Nordea, the largest bank in the Nordic area.
https://company.finnair.com/en/media/al ... id=3036060

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by HELyes
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission proposes abolishing DST
Replies: 54
Views: 1451

Re: European Commission proposes abolishing DST

B777LRF wrote:

DST doesn't work for everybody, but it works wonders in the north.


Finns find DST just annoying, that's why the proposal came from Finland. The thinking here goes it's not that big deal which time zone we'll choose, just stop the time changes, please.

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by HELyes
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera with TATL from FRA and TXL
Replies: 54
Views: 7531

Re: Primera with TATL from Berlin Tegel

Primera indeed has a strange "game plan", to say the least. Their headquarters is in Latvia, and most planes in Denmark, if I recall correctly....but they have these transatlantic flights out of BRU, one of the London airports, and now Tegel, besides their "vacation" flights out...

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by HELyes
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1054
Views: 129059

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

What about Lyon, Orly, Hanover, Dortmund, Rotterdam, Antwerpen/Den Haag, London City / Gatwick / Stansted? Finnair is actually commencing seasonal flights to Lyon in Nov 2018 and year-round flights to Hannover in April 2019. +Gatwick where AY is present in winter season, they provide scheduled flig...

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by HELyes
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1054
Views: 129059

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Finnair continue their once-weekly A350 service to Puerto Vallarta (PVR), Mexico in the coming winter, between December 13 - March 7 on Thursdays. This is a scheduled service though it relies heavily on their own tour operator in Finland. This is their longest route currently with 5386nm, the schedu...

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by HELyes
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair long haul routes
Replies: 70
Views: 13089

Re: Finnair long haul routes

I was thinking more secondary Indian destinations; HEL is in a great position toYeme82 be able to use the 321neos/321LRs to connect the Eastern US and Canada to second tier Indian destinations using narrowbodies to keep costs low. Think ORD-HEL-CCU, PHL-HEL-AMD, YYZ-HEL-PNQ. It's the next logical e...

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by HELyes
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1054
Views: 129059

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

does the A359 has the leg? Basically yes, HEL-HNL is 5914nm, Finnair's longest A350 route currently is to Puerto Vallarta (PVR), Mexico 5386nm. Phillippine Airlines is starting A350 service MNL-JFK, that's 7404nm. For Finnair Honolulu would most likely be a once weekly leisure-heavy service, leanin...

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by HELyes
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1054
Views: 129059

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

shouldn't finnair renew /increase its short/medium haul fleet to meet the more capacity on intercont? That's why they have taken delivery of quite a few A321s during the last few years Yeah they have received eight new A321s in 2017-18, that's their most common aircraft type at the moment, 19 toget...

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by HELyes
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair Return To LAX S2019 with A350
Replies: 8
Views: 2685

Re: Finnair Return To LAX S2019 with A350

But SEA would have been a nice connection to YVR and the rest of the PNW. I personally hoped for SEA, having family in British Columbia. My family got familiar with Finnair's DC-10 back in the 1980's when the routing was HEL-SEA-LAX. Awesome! Now, when will the JFK flight get the A350 upgrade? Hope...

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by HELyes
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair Return To LAX S2019 with A350
Replies: 8
Views: 2685

Finnair Return To LAX S2019 with A350

https://company.finnair.com/en/media/al ... id=3021928
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Finnair return to LAX in March 2019, 3x weekly with A350. Additionally SFO gets 4th weekly flight (A333) and ORD goes daily in summer (A333).

https://company.finnair.com/en/media/al ... id=3021928

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by HELyes
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair long haul routes
Replies: 70
Views: 13089

Re: Finnair long haul routes

I know it's a question of bilaterals and not always in Finnair's power to do, but, more than new destinations, what would REALLY be welcome is a second frequency to PVG and PEK that would arrive in the afternoon. They would love to get more slots in PVG and PEK, not happening anytime soon I'm afrai...

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by HELyes
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair long haul routes
Replies: 70
Views: 13089

Re: Finnair long haul routes

Some 10+ years ago Finnair considered JFK-HEL-India connections, it looks good on the Great Circle map but nothing serious materialized. Around that time BOM was axed and never returned. India seems to be a hard market for AY, India's location doesn't support their Europe-Asia business model. There ...

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by HELyes
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair long haul routes
Replies: 70
Views: 13089

Re: Finnair long haul routes

Finnair now has 19 long haul destinations in Asia, seven of them seasonal. According to their annual report their market share here in traffic between Europe and Asia was 5.9% in 2017, the strongest single Asian market being Japan. Scheduled destinations is Asia, bold letters = served year around: C...

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by HELyes
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair long haul routes
Replies: 70
Views: 13089

Re: Finnair long haul routes

Even the SFO flights are only in the summer, so it doesn't seem as if California is a big market. N. America overall is not exactly a market that's big for them. True, N. America still is a small market for AY. Comparing different markets (ticket revenues) in 2017: North Atlantic 5,9% Finland 8,6% ...

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by HELyes
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair long haul routes
Replies: 70
Views: 13089

Re: Finnair long haul routes

Little bit off-topic ... Finnair has a lot of codeshare flights with Aeroflot, but none with S7 Airlines. Does this have anything to do with keeping the Russians calm in regards to the overflight rights etc ? Otherwise a collaboration between AY and SU would be unusual - since AY and S7 are both in...

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by HELyes
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: With SEA's growth would SK consider coming back
Replies: 23
Views: 3159

Re: With SEA's growth would SK consider coming back

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...

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by HELyes
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Serbia: from first to worst...
Replies: 20
Views: 3743

Re: Air Serbia: from first to worst.a

rutankrd wrote:
UA77e
Finnair do offer their Business cabins on the A359 between Helsinki and Heathrow and Brussels most days .


Actually no more Finnair A350 to BRU, they now send A350 (or A333) to LHR every morning.

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by HELyes
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Serbia: from first to worst...
Replies: 20
Views: 3743

Re: Air Serbia: from first to worst...

UA777EWRTLV wrote:
Which airlines operate intra-European flights with a true business class seat?


Not much available. TK use widebodies on some routes from IST, Finnair sends A350 to LHR once a day, then there are a couple of 5th freedom flights like LATAM 787 MAD-FRA and Ethiopian 787 OSL-ARN.

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