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.
FUK-HEL. Old joke. Sorry, I couldn't resist. FUK-HEL exists already actually, 3x weekly by Finnair ;) Would be great to see Norwegian opening TATL routes from HEL, its expected we'll see a new long haul service in 2018, JFK perhaps? BKK would be less risky though. They currently serve DXB from HEL,...Jump to post
Huh?? In all recent polls, the Green Party (Miljöpartiet) falls below or is just on the limit of 4% of the votes required to get represenation in the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament). . The recent polls in Finland give 13-15% share to the local Greens, they probably are the strongest Green party in Eur...Jump to post
How is the LCC market in Ukraine generally at the moment? To all A.Net readers, one thing I will warn to everyone. Be prepared for a lot of fake news about this from various putinbots (trolls from Olgino) e.g, allegations that Ukraine is unsafe or that FR didn't get the insurance etc. This is becaus...Jump to post
An incident on Finnair AY089 to BKK last Friday: According to Thai news two Estonian citizens were caught smoking in lavatory, not only once but five (!) times. Thai police were waiting for the couple at BKK. They were eventually told that they would face five-year jail sentence and/or a fine of up ...Jump to post
[ A return to FOR and REC would be great, but the A350 would be probably too much capacity. I don't know if they have A321 Neos on order, but that would probably be enough... No A321neos on order, though they do use A321 on HEL-LPA and thats longer leg than LPA-FOR. Anyway, I believe their customer...Jump to post
One Finnish newspaper released TOP 10 list of destinations where Finnish people traveled to spend their autumn holiday in 2016. There were three US destination in the TOP 10 and Atlanta was the 3rd among the US destinations. How is that possible? Why would Finnish people want to spend their holiday...Jump to post
Long haul: Would be cool if they returned to Toronto, with A350 thank you. But it's expected they'll announce some less served destination in NE Asia next, that works best for them.
Short haul: Relaunching LIS would be great, now they codeshare with TAP
A cockpit video from the Helsinki Air Show 9th June, Midnight Hawks (Finnish Air Force/BAe Hawk Mk51) performing:
Zaf wrote:yes but i think the risk will be higher with 2 men than with man/woman couples.
Thanks for the TR, it looks JAL truly have a civilized Y product!
Yes the Asia flights make HEL crowded at times, the terminal(s) is being expanded though, the first extension will be opened this month.
How about Austria and Switzerland?
AY is in the TATL JV, it wouldn't be competition. I think it might be likely for them to coordinate an AA flight to an AA hub or to use AA if they want to add capacity on an existing route. There is no need currently for extra capacity on any existing route. There is no need for two daily flights t...Jump to post
Hundreds of people are stranded worldwide after Norwegian crew shortage. It's mostly a lack of pilots. Norwegian has cancelled several flights because of this. Seemingly extremely poor planning. The same thing happened last June as well, when more than 30% of departures were cancelled. In Norwegian...Jump to post
A friend who works at the oneworld office told me it is likely Finnair will launch HEL-LAX with the A350 next spring. Would be cool if Finnair returned to LAX but I'm afraid not any time soon. They just got the rights to fly to Sapporo, Nanjing and Busan, their next LH destination probably is one o...Jump to post
QF PER to HEL :-) It would be 100pc connecting traffic but would give QF a oneworld point better placed for Europe than London... and avoid DXB. Can't see it happening though. Good idea, AY already feed JAL in HEL so why not QF :) And PER-HEL is 763nm shorter than PER-LHR PER-HEL 7066nm PER-LHR 782...Jump to post
Are they looking at replacing their whole narrow body fleet? Some of their A321s are pretty new, their youngest one were delivered less than two months ago and they still have a few ceos on order. The oldest small Buses need to be replaced but yes most of their A321s are new, a majority have arrive...Jump to post
Finnair's CEO just said rather than opening new routes to North-America their goal is to improve current services, preferably making all routes year-round. Currently they only have 10% of their capacity in N-America, comparing to 50% in Asia, that's their bread and butter Aeromexico perhaps? There a...Jump to post
Today Finnair celebrate the 70th anniversary of cabin crew training: https://twitter.com/Finnair/status/877469025248444418 Finnair style 1969, DC-8 First Class FinnHostess :) http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee500/MIKROKUPU/09c6d0bb-2b43-4ed2-99ec-f85199aef8ad_zpsypd8wszp.jpg Current look: http:/...Jump to post
Disappointed to see GA ranking drop over the years. I always fly GA whilst holidaying in Indonesia, excellent product offering & fantastic crew. EK413 Garuda actually improved their rating from last year and they were named number one in Cabin Crew category. http://www.worldairlineawards.com/Aw...Jump to post
Garuda beats out Air France, and there is no mention of Virgin Atlantic? Yeah right. Totally credible! Virgin Atlantic is 33th, between Delta and Korean Air Europeans: 1 Lufthansa 2 Turkish Airlines 3 Swiss Int'l Air Lines 4 Austrian 5 Air France 6 KLM 7 Finnair 8 Norwegian 9 Aeroflot Russian Airli...Jump to post
ChrisFallon77 wrote:FUK No - Cant see this one happening. I am still waiting for direct service from the US or EU to my favorite Japanese city, Sapporo
HEL/FUK on AY is seasonal. It's not operating now. FUK is served 3x weekly between 27 April – 28 October . This summer AY fly to: NRT 11x weekly KIX daily NGO daily FUK 3x weekly + co operating closely with JAL daily NRT-HEL, the joint business between BA JL AY IB Sapporo is "under studing&quo...Jump to post
HEL recruits 200 test "passengers" to assess the new airport facilities in July:
https://www.finavia.fi/en/news-room/new ... airport-a/
Glad to see Finnair is happy with their A350s! Their livery actually looks stunning on the A359. I'm actually hard pressed to think of a bad looking one. The Air Caraibes A350 is my current "best looking plane" of any type. I was surprised how well Finnair's "challenging" livery...Jump to post
Some visions of future HEL: At the beginning of 2020 new check-in and arrivals halls will be completed in front of the current terminal. The wooden roof and the central square in front of the new terminal are meant to become landmarks of the airport. This is a part of the 100K m2 terminal extension,...Jump to post
Hi mdavies06, Yes it was good to escape the unusually cold spring up here in north.
Finnair used to be a big charter operator, they changed their strategy and now they have dozens of leisure orientated scheduled routes. Seems to be working ok.
Thanks for the TR, great pictures. Yes A359 available daily know on HEL-LHR, flight AY831/832Jump to post
Finnair has taken the delivery of the 9th A350 (OH-LWI), first one with high-density 336 seat configuration. Two more to come later this year. Lentoposti The new configuration 32 J /304 Y (currently 46 J /251 Y ) has 14 less J seats, make sense especially on the 'leisure routes' to Thailand, Cuba, ...Jump to post