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by HELyes
Mon May 22, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alaska and Finnair announce mileage partnership
Replies: 23
Views: 1855

Re: Alaska and Finnair announce mileage partnership

Maybe we'll see HEL-SEA/PDX service someday. Finnair did in fact fly to SEA in the 1990s, but highly doubtful we will see it, and PDXHEL isn't even a question. That's not happening. 1970s/1980s, actually. It ran HEL-SEA-SFO if I recall correctly. Family members of mine took it back to Finland sever...

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by HELyes
Fri May 19, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 227
Views: 17757

Re: Air India launches direct DEL-ARN

Great the Nordic area gets a new direct service to India, hopefully the connections work well. At the moment there is Finnair flying HEL-DEL 3-5 times weekly (333), next winter they'll launch seasonal HEL-GOI, served twice weekly (333). IIRC Finnair in the past served BOM as well (343?), but that s...

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by HELyes
Fri May 19, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 227
Views: 17757

Re: Air India launches direct DEL-ARN

Great the Nordic area gets a new direct service to India, hopefully the connections work well. At the moment there is Finnair flying HEL-DEL 3-5 times weekly (333), next winter they'll launch seasonal HEL-GOI, served twice weekly (333).

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by HELyes
Tue May 16, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 5
Replies: 219
Views: 24426

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 5

But yes the language can be a problem sometimes, I know an elderly Swedish speaking couple from Finland who miss the times you always got service also in Swedish on Finnair. They understand Finnish but now they worry if they understand everything right on the flight to Spain, they are kind of nervo...

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by HELyes
Mon May 15, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 5
Replies: 219
Views: 24426

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 5

I don't understand why hiring non-finnish speakers is something good for the national carrier of Finland. I can understand if they use foreign crew on flights to Asia but to use them on intra-eu flights then it's like flying Norwegian who uses Estonian crew from HEL. Already their routes to Spain h...

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by HELyes
Sat May 13, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 5
Replies: 219
Views: 24426

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 5

In order to be able to grow, we need new personnel. Therefore, during the next years we will recruit and train several hundreds of new Cabin Crew Members, based in Helsinki. https://rekry.saima.fi/smarthome/open_job_view.html?did=21018&lang=en&jc=79&id=00006810 Good news, AY keep on hir...

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by HELyes
Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 5
Replies: 219
Views: 24426

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 5

Seems like there were three flights (+AY71) from HEL to Tokyo today, and according to flightmapper the same will happen next Friday (Saturday return). I'm curious to know why that is? The 4x a week double daily Finnair is supposed to start in June, so it seemed a little unorthodox to me and I'm won...

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by HELyes
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any "good" foreign airlines to Russian airports outside the two capital cities?
Replies: 4
Views: 882

Re: Any "good" foreign airlines to Russian airports outside the two capital cities?

Beside Moscow and St Petersburg, Finnair flies to Samara, Kazan and Jekaterinburg. The flights are operated by their feeder Nordic Regional airlines, 3-4 times weekly, aircraft E90 in AY colors.

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by HELyes
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 European Short Haul Heavies
Replies: 54
Views: 6003

Re: 2017 European Short Haul Heavies

yoplait wrote:
skipness1E wrote:
Finnair HEL-LHR


Finnair also does HEL-BRU on their a350s afaik


No Finnair A350 to BRU anymore but they now have a daily A350 service to LHR, A330 has not been used anymore.

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by HELyes
Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 5
Replies: 219
Views: 24426

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 5

According to Finnish business paper Talouselämä Iberia is to blame Finnair axed their MIA service for the summer. Iberia had committed to operate MIA for AY during the summer but withdrew their agreement at last moment in order to operate new Level flights.

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by HELyes
Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 5
Replies: 219
Views: 24426

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 5

SAS is next winter launching once per week Helsinki - Malaga. Interesting. https://www.avanza.se/placera/pressmeddelanden/2017/04/21/sas-sas-launches-new-year-round-route-between-helsinki-and-malaga.html That was interesting, still missing Blue1 (SASFinland) days, they used to operate plenty of rou...

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by HELyes
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Busan (S.Korea) long-haul flights
Replies: 22
Views: 3612

Re: Busan (S.Korea) long-haul flights

Infrastructure related constraints make it difficult for PUS to support long haul flights. A hydrant system will be installed in the near future to support the refueling of large aircraft for long haul flights, and a new runway with enough terrain clearance will be built as well. Any idea when PUS ...

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by HELyes
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 5
Replies: 219
Views: 24426

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 5

Airports in the North are contributing to the growth with both domestic and international traffic increasing with airports such as RVN, KTT, IVL, KAO, KEM and ENF. Total passenger growth for these airports for the year to date are +18,1%, +24,4%, +18,9%, +13,9% ,+34,6% and +58,4% respectively. Tour...

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by HELyes
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural Ethiopian B788 at OSL today (vid)
Replies: 6
Views: 822

Re: Inaugural Ethiopian B788 at OSL today (vid)

lesfalls wrote:
Congrats OSL! Anyone know which booking site allows you to book the OSL-ARN sector of the flight?


Momondo works fine, ARN-OSL looks much cheaper when checked the coming summer.

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by HELyes
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 In Service Thread - Part 1
Replies: 933
Views: 140251

Re: A350 In Service Thread - Part 1

From March 27 Finnair A350 will operate a daily service to LHR, flight AY831/832.

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by HELyes
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 5
Replies: 219
Views: 24426

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 5

http://news.cision.com/finnair/r/finnai ... r,c2220608
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Finnair axes their MIA service between May 4th and September 29th this summer, due the shortage of crew and aircraft. They'll be back on October 3rd.

http://news.cision.com/finnair/r/finnai ... r,c2220608

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by HELyes
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 5
Replies: 219
Views: 24426

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 5

Blue Air OTP-HEL sounds good, Finnair hasn't been that interested in SE Europe, except the leisure destinations. Yes hopefully SOF next.

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by HELyes
Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Value of Finnair Plus Points for Part Payment of Fares?
Replies: 1
Views: 178

Re: Value of Finnair Plus Points for Part Payment of Fares?

The value of AY points as part-payment is rather low I think, 20000 would be around EUR 60. An upgrade often is the best use of points, easy upgrade is the most popular feature of the AY Plus program, works even with the cheapest tickets. There's a tool to check upgrade availability online. You can ...

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by HELyes
Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 5
Replies: 219
Views: 24426

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 5

Still QR 320 to HEL, 787 is starting on Sep16.

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by HELyes
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian start LGW to EZE in late 2017
Replies: 42
Views: 7011

Re: Norwegian start LGW to EZE in late 2017

Too bad Gatwick is so hard to reach, Norwegian doesn't have a feeder flight from Amsterdam. They do have feeder flights to their Scandinavian hubs (Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen) and even to Helsinki which isn't even a hub, but Gatwick is being left out. True LGW is hard to reach but HEL actually ...

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by HELyes
Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Intra European Widebodies ??
Replies: 13
Views: 817

Re: Intra European Widebodies ??

sk736 wrote:
HELyes wrote:
Finnair will have a daily rotation of A350 to LHR starting March 27, morning flight AY831/832

They've been doing that for months, haven't they?


Sorry my post was a bit misleading, Finnair increases A350 frequency on HEL-LHR from 5x weekly to daily.

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by HELyes
Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Intra European Widebodies ??
Replies: 13
Views: 817

Re: Intra European Widebodies ??

Finnair will have a daily rotation of A350 to LHR starting March 27, morning flight AY831/832

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by HELyes
Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 5
Replies: 219
Views: 24426

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 5

Finnair will have a daily rotation of A350 to LHR starting March 27, morning flight AY831/832, now operated 5x weekly.

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by HELyes
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 5
Replies: 219
Views: 24426

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 5

B747forever wrote:
Does anyone know why there is a AY A340 at MLA?


No more A340s in AY's fleet, that one is on the way to Air Belgium perhaps?

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by HELyes
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 5
Replies: 219
Views: 24426

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 5

Since when has AY decided to get rid of their A319? Is this true? According to our all reliable wikipedia they are to be replaced by a321s. It seems strange AY doesn't want to replace the A319s with something of similar size. What will happen to the a320s? Neo coming sometime soon to the AY fleet? ...

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by HELyes
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Norway is hoping that Trump gets the message ...
Replies: 8
Views: 644

Re: Norway is hoping that Trump gets the message ...

https://youtu.be/yP9Qt-bSz40

Nasty one.."The most p*ssy-looking food in the world, grab as many as you like. It's great." ,)
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The Official Finland Second: https://youtu.be/yP9Qt-bSz40

Nasty one.."The most p*ssy-looking food in the world, grab as many as you like. It's great." ,)

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by HELyes
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 4
Replies: 295
Views: 42412

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 4

ilari wrote:
Arctic Air Link (Nextjet) will start flights OUL-GOT in March. Also, both Lulea and Tromso will be nonstop.


I would like to try OUL-GOT on Jet-CRJ 200, just for fun ,) Btw OUL-GOT (3x weekly) is not direct service but with two stops, in Lulea and Sundsvall.

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by HELyes
Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair ends A340 operations
Replies: 29
Views: 7246

Re: Finnair ends A340 operations

https://youtu.be/IDwNRoV3Jec
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A great tribute video to AY A340: https://youtu.be/IDwNRoV3Jec

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by HELyes
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines offering country-specific food/drinks on international routes
Replies: 25
Views: 2057

Re: Airlines offering country-specific food/drinks on international routes

Probably the most country-specific dish on Finnair: Reindeer steak, a pre-order choice in J. The other one is blueberry juice, though their juice is not made of wild blueberries, which are loved by many Finns. Their A350 signature drink Blue Sky is a made of champagne and blueberry juice. http://i12...

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by HELyes
Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS opens bases outside Scandinavia and establishes new company in Ireland
Replies: 51
Views: 7580

Re: SAS opens bases outside Scandinavia and establishes new company in Ireland

Just confirmed from my friend who is FA for AY. She said that HKG is still oprated by the outsorced crew, and mentioned it is not only HKG but also SIN route. That I had missed. Only Purser and flight deck crew are AY employees. Of course, the outsorcing company can hire who they want, as long as t...

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A330freak wrote:
Lion Air beats Cebu Pacific with 440 seats on their A330s
http://www.airbus.com/presscentre/press ... -a330-300/


This is how it looks inside: https://youtu.be/lhA2V0L2Zlc

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by HELyes
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air to start Iceland - Israel flights
Replies: 43
Views: 5149

Re: WOW Air to start Iceland - Israel flights

That's a cool new route but not that surprising actually, it looks the Nordic Europe is fashionable in Israel now. I read Israel has quickly become the third largest source market of charter flights in Rovaniemi (RVN) in Finnish Lapland, where Israelis come to experience the arctic winter around Jan...

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KEF-HKG: Unserved route of the week
Replies: 65
Views: 6467

Re: KEF-HKG: Unserved route of the week

Why not, even small Helsinki has direct flights to Mauritius, Thomson 787/12h ;) You must have never set foot in Detroit to compare it to Helsinki, air service is not about population size. No single city in North America regardless of wealth can sustain service to MRU. Sorry the bad joke. I know t...

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KEF-HKG: Unserved route of the week
Replies: 65
Views: 6467

Re: KEF-HKG: Unserved route of the week

The Japanese especially have a fascination for geology, northern lights and Nordic history - not to mention the fish cargo possibilities. Japanese discovered the Nordic Europe first, now the Chinese have arrived and they spend more money than any other nationality. I live next to a Holiday Inn whic...

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KEF-HKG: Unserved route of the week
Replies: 65
Views: 6467

Re: KEF-HKG: Unserved route of the week

Tourism is booming in Iceland but hard to imagine any direct service from East-Asia, charters perhaps? According to the article HEL (26%) is the number one connection point between KEF and HKG, before FRA (22%). Finnair is starting KEF in April with their own metal, this new service works well for t...

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by HELyes
Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 4
Replies: 295
Views: 42412

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 4

As the first airline, Finnair introduces onboard the world´s largest online payment platform Alipay. Finnair will trial the application on its route between Helsinki and Shanghai as of January 27, accepted by the Finnair's non-Schengen lounge at HEL also. Alipay will first be made available for a mo...

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by HELyes
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Part 4
Replies: 295
Views: 42412

Re: Nordic Aviation Part 4

Finnair will also add capacity to Thailand during the winter 2017 season. Two additional weekly frequencies will be added to the Bangkok route, bringing the total number of flights between Helsinki and Bangkok to 16 weekly. Finnair will also adjust its schedule to offer a late evening flight betwee...

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by HELyes
Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no US Airline to Helsinki?
Replies: 22
Views: 3918

Re: Why no US Airline to Helsinki?

Did Delta took over the Route in 1991? How long was ist around afterwards? This is what I found: Delta flew JFK-HEL in 1991-1995 with A310 and L1011, in late 1995 they left the route to Finnair and started code sharing. Finnair moved to their terminal in JFK. Both Pan Am and Delta tried different r...

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by HELyes
Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no US Airline to Helsinki?
Replies: 22
Views: 3918

Re: Why no US Airline to Helsinki?

Helsinki seems to be perfectly located for Europe-Asia bound traffic but it also seems to be located under USA-ME3 bound traffic. Wonder why HEL and AY/One World has not tried to benefit this location for USA-INDIA/ASIA via HEL. I think that LAX-DBX-DEL would meet nice competition with LAX-HEL-DEL....

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by HELyes
Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair launching Goa, Havana, Puerto Vallarta & Puerto Plata
Replies: 46
Views: 5888

Re: Finnair launching Goa, Havana, Puerto Vallarta & Puerto Plata

As for client base to Puerto Vallarta, it is one of the great gay resorts in the world. As the only operator from Europe AY has a great potential clientele. Didn't know that of Puerto Vallarta, Finnair probably did know. There are direct charters (Thomson 787) from UK, don't know of any others. Fin...

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by HELyes
Sat Jan 21, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India aviation thread
Replies: 209
Views: 12454

Re: India aviation thread

Next winter season Finnair will open a direct scheduled service to Goa, 2x weekly with A333. This service will replace the current charter service with A321ER via Dubai (DWC). In addition, they will add a weekly frequency on its DEL route, flying six times a week next winter season. HEL-GOI timetabl...

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by HELyes
Sat Jan 21, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread 119
Replies: 289
Views: 19027

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread 119

Next winter season Finnair will offer scheduled flights to Caribbean for the first time, 2x weekly to Havana (A350) and 1x weekly to Puerto Plata (A333). The scheduled flights will replace the regular charter flights they've been operating in winter season. Timetables: eff 01DEC17 Helsinki – Havana ...

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by HELyes
Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair launching Goa, Havana, Puerto Vallarta & Puerto Plata
Replies: 46
Views: 5888

Re: Finnair launching Goa, Havana, Puerto Vallarta & Puerto Plata

To escape the winter, they want to go anywhere warm! I bet they have hotels/travel agent/local incentives something pushed these destinations specifically. They will get help filling them, and like we said for vacationers seeking warmth, once a week even is just fine. Best way to get more use out o...

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by HELyes
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair launching Goa, Havana, Puerto Vallarta & Puerto Plata
Replies: 46
Views: 5888

Re: Finnair launching Goa, Havana, Puerto Vallarta & Puerto Plata

How would the 1x weekly schedule work with the crew? Will they have a week-long layover or do they deadhead back home to Helsinki ? I was just told it depends on the destination. In Cuba crews have a week-long layover, Puerto Vallarta will probably be the same. Saigon is a similar ex-charter route,...

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair launching Goa, Havana, Puerto Vallarta & Puerto Plata
Replies: 46
Views: 5888

Re: Finnair launching Goa, Havana, Puerto Vallarta & Puerto Plata

Ooops, my apologies, I meant SFO not SAN (SAN is San Diego not San Francisco). AA300B asked about the x1 weekly flight and the crew laying over for 1 week in PVR. I said the most likely thing to do is deadhead them from PVR to SFO on either Alaska, United or Virgin America and have them operate the...

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair launching Goa, Havana, Puerto Vallarta & Puerto Plata
Replies: 46
Views: 5888

Re: Finnair launching Goa, Havana, Puerto Vallarta & Puerto Plata

ryan78 wrote:
lucce wrote:
The 2H40M flight to SAN seems to make the most sense but alas we will never know unless someone from Finnair crew scheduling can answer our question...


Sorry a bit lost here, what would the routing be from SAN?

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair: New Scheduled Services To Lapland From LGW FRA CDG ZRH
Replies: 11
Views: 2462

Re: Finnair: New Scheduled Services To Lapland From LGW FRA CDG ZRH

Finnair used to serve LGW to HEL twice daily with A320 but stopped flying the route about 10 years ago, previously in the 1980s Finnair used to fly charters into LGW from HEL using DC10 on some flights. Personally I am surprised that AY hasn't reinstated the HEL to LGW flight. Thanks! Would be grea...

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair launching Goa, Havana, Puerto Vallarta & Puerto Plata
Replies: 46
Views: 5888

Re: Finnair launching Goa, Havana, Puerto Vallarta & Puerto Plata

Timetables: eff 19NOV17 Helsinki – Puerto Vallarta 1 weekly until 18MAR18 with A350 AY025 HEL1410 – 1840PVR 359 7 AY026 PVR2030 – 1600+1HEL 359 7 eff 29NOV17 Helsinki – Goa 2 weekly until 21MAR18 with A330 AY123 HEL2030 – 0810+1GOI 333 37 AY124 GOI0955 – 1515HEL 333 14 eff 30NOV17 Helsinki – Puerto ...

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair: New Scheduled Services To Lapland From LGW FRA CDG ZRH
Replies: 11
Views: 2462

Re: Finnair: New Scheduled Services To Lapland From LGW FRA CDG ZRH

Not sure whether these longhauls at Gatwick will bring any serious numbers of transit pax to a remote place in cold & dark Finland though. This route is simply about UK-based customers going for a trip to see some snow in the darkness ... ;) Yes it's for the UK-based customers, also Monarch and...

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair: New Scheduled Services To Lapland From LGW FRA CDG ZRH
Replies: 11
Views: 2462

Re: Finnair: New Scheduled Services To Lapland From LGW FRA CDG ZRH

I wouldn't know too much about the rest, but I am sure they have done Zurich-Kittilä before, maybe a bit more than 10 years ago actually ... I can recall ZRH too, so relaunching ZRH-KTT next winter. I think it didn't last long then, the winter tourism is much bigger now in Lapland. And the connecti...

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