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by HELyes
Fri May 25, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland's "Open Prisons"
Replies: 25
Views: 759

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: 25
Views: 759

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: 53887

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: 7671

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: 25
Views: 759

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: 33
Views: 5256

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: 2893

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: 2227

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: 2227

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: 2227

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: 525
Views: 65115

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: 525
Views: 65115

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: 525
Views: 65115

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: 525
Views: 65115

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: 525
Views: 65115

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: 525
Views: 65115

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: 525
Views: 65115

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: 4877

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: 6717

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: 6717

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: 2639

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: 2639

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: 525
Views: 65115

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: 525
Views: 65115

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: 525
Views: 65115

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: 68785

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: 624
Views: 57524

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: 525
Views: 65115

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: 17963

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: 4285

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: 1993

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: 525
Views: 65115

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: 591

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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by HELyes
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Size of US-Europe market
Replies: 59
Views: 5664

Re: Size of US-Europe market

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... urope.html



Just a detail but it's better to say Europe-USA, to not get mixed with the EU (European Union)
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devron wrote:



Just a detail but it's better to say Europe-USA, to not get mixed with the EU (European Union)

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by HELyes
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia needs to stop ruining everything.
Replies: 566
Views: 10909

Re: Russia needs to stop ruining everything.

anrec80 wrote:
It's only a few Western countries and some dudes within those really. Finland has more than 1000km common border with Russia, and no issues there somehow.


There sure are issues every now and then. Nothing too dramatic but it seems Russia tests how Finland reacts when pressed a little.

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by HELyes
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible new European routes for the Thai Airways route network
Replies: 33
Views: 5613

Re: Possible new European routes for the Thai Airways route network

Helsinki - Bangkok: Thai Airways is a very strong and consolidated airline in Scandinavia with daily flights to Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen. But they have no service to Helsinki, and in recent years Finnair has considerably increased its operations to Thailand including destinations such as Phuk...

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by HELyes
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair plans to replace its aging narrowbody fleet
Replies: 47
Views: 12500

Re: Finnair plans to replace its aging narrowbody fleet

Could Finnair do something really unexpected and look seriously at the SSJ ? Note - I am aware that this would surprise everyone but just wondering if this has been ruled out yet As we are not living in the 1970's or the 80's anymore I'd give a snowball better odds at a very warm place than AY buyi...

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by HELyes
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 525
Views: 65115

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Got curious how the " Royal Finnish Crown" looked like on SAS aircraft ;) Actually they were not totally lost, the replica of the royal crown does exist in Finland this day. After becoming independent Finland had a king chosen in 1918, the Prince of Hessen from Germany. But the history too...

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by HELyes
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida shooting - Europe should set an example to the USA
Replies: 463
Views: 10422

Re: Florida shooting - Europe should set an example to the USA

Don’t get me wrong, I really like visiting but I could never imagine living there and I don’t see how the average American has more opportunity. To me it seems the opposite is true. :checkmark: There's no perfect system but it seems the "American Dream" is easier to achieve in the Norther...

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by HELyes
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iceland considers circumcision ban
Replies: 53
Views: 1379

Re: Iceland considers circumcision ban

I don't know about Europe but here in the USA the overwhelming majority of men are circumcised Traditionally unusual in the Nordic countries. In Finland the health authorities say no need to circumcise boys for non-medical reasons, thus circumcisions are not covered by publicly funded health care.

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by HELyes
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 525
Views: 65115

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Finnair actually has some history in the Middle East, they even served Baghdad for a while, the service was axed in 1982 when the Iran-Iraq war started. Back then the Finnish construction industry was busy in the area.

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by HELyes
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 525
Views: 65115

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

http://www.lentoposti.fi/uutiset/tui_li ... irkkalasta
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TUI Nordic start direct 787 services from Finnish OUL and VAA to Phuket/Krabi in Thailand next winter. VAA with 300K passengers (2017) probably is one of the smallest airports handling 787.

In Finnish: http://www.lentoposti.fi/uutiset/tui_li ... irkkalasta

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by HELyes
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 525
Views: 65115

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

https://twitter.com/Finnair/status/961536998220578816
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The Finnish and Swedish Olympic ice hockey teams flew together on AY A350 to Seoul, in all peace and harmony, both Finnish and Swedish players traveled in Economy ;)

https://twitter.com/Finnair/status/961536998220578816

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by HELyes
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Austrian won't fly to MAD?
Replies: 29
Views: 4998

Re: Why Austrian won't fly to MAD?

Finnair is one good option for Spain-Asia travelers...Finnair has a fairly acceptable Asia network. Besides of many Finish traveling to Spain for holidays too. Yes Finnair's MAD (especially) and BCN services are built to feed their Asia network, the other Spanish routes mainly serve Finnish holiday...

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by HELyes
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Austrian won't fly to MAD?
Replies: 29
Views: 4998

Re: Why Austrian won't fly to MAD?

Scandinavians prefer coastal Spain not MAD so much! SAS is serving Barcelona, Alicante, Malaga, Palma and Las Palmas big style from many Scandinavian cities. Looks like Finnair is more active in Spain: Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, Malaga, Ibiza, Palma, Menorca, Las Palmas, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura,...

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by HELyes
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Hawaii see Flights to Europe?
Replies: 70
Views: 8060

Re: Will Hawaii see Flights to Europe?

I always thought a route from HEL to HNL is a completely unexploited opportunity for Finnair. Directly over the North Pole, it's actually less than 6000nm! The impact of Jetstream would be almost non-existent, you could do this with a fully crammed A350 in 12 hours, give or take. Feeder traffic fro...

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by HELyes
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 525
Views: 65115

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Finnair 801/802 to ARN has an A333 tomorrow 31JAN, aircraft shortage?

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by HELyes
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?
Replies: 255
Views: 19037

Re: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?

We also don't get the same amount of vacation time here in the US that our European counterparts do. Four weeks is a pretty standard amount of vacation time for Europeans, no? That's what we *top out* at here in the US if we're *lucky*. Personally, I've been in my professional career now for more t...

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by HELyes
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 525
Views: 65115

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

A fatal accident at Kittilä (KTT) airport today: The pilot of a Gulfstream G150 (OE-GKA) died after he was somehow hit by the aircraft door.

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by HELyes
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's behind Finnair's success? Can OK learn from it?
Replies: 50
Views: 7323

Re: What's behind Finnair's success? Can OK learn from it?

In addition to great geography, I’d also argue that Finnair has less LCC competition than OK. Hence, their European network is robust and can help support their long haul network. True, not much LCC competition, basically just Norwegian. They have a base in HEL with around 40 domestic and Euro rout...

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