OHLBU From Finland, joined Jan 2005, 226 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3147 times:
Finnair's 7th MD-11 OH-LGG (cn 48753/608, ex PP-VQI) is two days from it's first inspection flight in Finnair colors, scheduled for 12th January. I've just seen the plane, looks factory-fresh on the outside but the cabin is still a mess. Finnair Technical Services is working round the clock on the plane to get it ready for it's first commercial service as AY097 HEL-BKK-SIN on Saturday 14th. They say that the refurbishing of LGG has been their biggest single task to date. The plane was in very bad condition, rumors are flying about 200 bird nests found in the insulation and air conditioning ducts, though the person in charge of the plane at Finnair would not confirm this. The delayed overhaul has forced Finnair to fly one of their A321s (OH-LZC) to Lisbon for maintenance, to be done by TAP I presume, due to lack of hangar space at HEL.
LGG will have the same basic cabin configuration as the two ex-Citybird airframes, OH-LGE and LGF. Rows 21-30 will have Varig seat upholstery for some time and the new crew-rest area features four lie-flat beds in front of the rear lavatories, causing a slight reduction in the number of passenger seats. The crew-rest is still not certified so they may have to install the old arrangement back for some time. The new business-class seats are of course superb, leg-space on row 1 and on seats 2DEH is ridicilously big. The only new thing for economy-passengers are the flat IFE monitors in the ceiling and on bulk-heads.
Wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5737 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3117 times:
It's good to see that there is still an airline out there that still has MD-11's in regularly scheduled service...although, I don't know for how much longer. I believe JAL and Varig still have Passenger MD-11's in scheduled service, but they're going fast.
Delta777Jet From Germany, joined Jun 2000, 1165 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2870 times:
I was reading in the board magazine a statement from Finnairs CEO, that they want to have more MD-11s if possible but they can simply not find any available aircrafts. This is the reason why they ordered airbus ! Well done Boeing !
Killjoy From Finland, joined Dec 1999, 646 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2846 times:
Quoting Delta777Jet (Reply 8): they want to have more MD-11s if possible but they can simply not find any available aircrafts.
...and somehow I doubt they'll be buying any from Varig anymore
Quoting OHLBU (Thread starter): The plane was in very bad condition, rumors are flying about 200 bird nests found in the insulation and air conditioning ducts, though the person in charge of the plane at Finnair would not confirm this.
OHLBU From Finland, joined Jan 2005, 226 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2500 times:
Quoting Kaitak (Reply 11): AY is reconsidering getting an eighth MD11 and instead wants to bring forward the delivery of its first A340
This would most probably be a second-hand airframe on top of the order for 3 A343s, as no suitable MD-11s are available.
As said before, the best aircraft to replace an MD-11 is another MD-11. For Finnair it is a question of cargo capacity, of which MD-11 has plenty and Finnair makes good money out of this. According to an article in the Finnish aviation magazine Ilmailu the cargo capacity of an '11 is 20t, that of A359 is 17t and A343 can manage only 14t. So most probably the A343s will be employed on routes which suffer the least of the reduced tonnage available for cargo, namely HEL-JFK (as it is the shortest of AY's long-hauls) and HEL-Japan (I presume?). BKK-HEL sectors are weight-restricted during the hot summer months and China-HEL is also cargo-heavy.
Nope. Finnair's current life-line is Far-East Asia, as geographically Helsinki is an ideal transfer-point between Europe and the Far-East. In the future maybe, if more traffic rights can be obtained from Russia, as there is a huge potential in Russia-USA traffic. Even currently Finnair's HEL-JFK is mostly full of Russians during the heavy summer months.
Eilennaei From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2451 times:
Quoting OHLBU (Reply 20): Maybe it stood in storage in Brazil also? If it wasn't sealed properly anything can get in, and planes make a perfect nesting place for birds.
There's a photo of it at AMS on Aug 13, 2005 on this site. Adding those three months stored in VCV, we get mid-November. The picture of the arrival at HEL was dated Nov 12, 2005.
I have a strong feeling why the maintenance person could not confirm any birds' nests in OH-LGG, namely that there were none except in the rumours.