Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 14005 times:
This winter AY flies MD-11 twice a week HEL - AGP (in Southern-Spain).
The flight takes about 4,5h.
My shortest flight (3h) on AY's MD-11 was HEL - STN in early 1990s, that time London was a relatively inexpensive destination for Finnish shoppers... those where the days.
At Christmas (24. and 25. Dec) Finnair's MD-11s from Japan will make extra stops in RVN in Lapland, before arriving in HEL. I assume they won't take new passengers from RVN, just bringing Japanese tourists to meet Santa.
Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 23 hours ago) and read 13838 times:
Actually AY use MD-11 for the European holiday flights rarely any more, they are needed more in Asia. This winter all MD-11s will get new angled lie-flat seats for C-class, will be difficult to use them for holiday flights.
UpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 23 hours ago) and read 13817 times:
Quoting Andaman (Thread starter): My shortest flight (3h) on AY's MD-11 was HEL - STN in early 1990s, that time London was a relatively inexpensive destination for Finnish shoppers... those where the days.
I flew that same sector on AY DC-10-30 in 1993, IIRC.
Quoting Andaman (Thread starter): At Christmas (24. and 25. Dec) Finnair's MD-11s from Japan will make extra stops in RVN in Lapland, before arriving in HEL. I assume they won't take new passengers from RVN, just bringing Japanese tourists to meet Santa.
At least last year they DID take new passengers from RVN, but only the ones connecting to HEL-NRT.
RedChili From Norway, joined Jul 2005, 2309 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 13584 times:
Quoting Orion737 (Reply 5): I am suprised to hear that Finnair no longer use the MD11s on busywinter charter flights. Las Palmas is very popular with Finns in winter and their DC10s and later MD11s were very frequent visitors.
A few years ago they had one MD-11 configured as a leisure airplane, and 3 MD-11s as long-haul. But they needed extra capacity for their long haul fleet, so they put the leisure MD-11 on the long-haul flights, and bought two 757s to replace that one MD-11. Those two 757s actually had more capacity than one MD-11, and the change also meant that their leisure fleet became standardized at one type only.
Kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8657 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 13549 times:
Quoting Matt (Reply 7): On a related note, can anyone explain why, in economy class, the Finnair MD11s have 9 seats abreast from rows 21 to 30, and then 10 seats abreast for the rest?
10 abreast on an MD-11 - that must be tight - how do they cope on their JFK flights with "generously-built" American backsides . Does anyone else out there have 10 abreast on MD-11 ? This is the same fuselage cross section as the DC-10 which originally was designed as 8 abreast economy - and people thought it was getting tight back in the late '70s when most airlines changed from 8 to 9 across .
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LordHowe From Finland, joined Jan 2003, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 13434 times:
Quoting Matt (Reply 7): why, in economy class, the Finnair MD11s have 9 seats abreast from rows 21 to 30, and then 10 seats abreast for the rest
It dates back to the time when AY planned to have economy plus cabin on rows 21-30. I do not know if they ever actually did have or not. But the truth is that AY has a lot of "charter passengers" - ie. holiday package passengers - on their long haul routes, especially HEL-BKK-HEL which is to become once again (partly) twice daily route during the peak winter schedule. The charters were planned to get their seats in the back. Nowadays its not like that - you can get your seat where ever.
Ten abreast is real pain during a ten hour flight to BKK.
On HEL-JFK-HEL route there are more russian passengers than "generously built" americans.
Magyarorszag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 11 hours ago) and read 13251 times:
In fact, AY first MD-11 flight was an intra-European (that flight was also the very first commercial service by an Eleven). It was HEL-TFS on the 20th December 1990, and from what I remember, AY had a MD-11 in an all Y-configuration, seating something like 410 passengers, before getting its B752.
GlobeTrekker From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 851 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 4 hours ago) and read 12314 times:
3 weeks ago I flew HEL-PEK and PVG-HEL on an AY MD11. This gave me the opportunity to compare AY's MD11 ro KLM's MD11. At my station we mostly handle KLM MD11's and I flew that aircraft more times than I can count, both in Biz and Eco. KLM has a configuration of 2-4-3, while AY has 3-4-3.
Seems to me that in the end you get about the same amount pax on the aircraft, but because the 3-4-3 configuration you get more legroom than KLM.
Globe Trekker / AMS
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