Hagi From Finland, joined Jun 1999, 176 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 5 months ago) and read 1634 times:
Finnair turned six of its 24 options for the A320 series into firm orders today when it placed an order for two A319s and four A320s, says the Finnair website.
The aircraft are due to be delivered between 2002 and 2003, bringing the total number of the family in Finnair's fleet to 18. That still leaves the company with 18 options. The A320 is used to replace the MD-80 and, later, the DC-9 fleet.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7811 posts, RR: 54 Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months ago) and read 1568 times:
They're replacing the MD90s before the DC9s? Anyone know what they're going to do about the long haul fleet? I presum eit'll be the A340 over the A330 since most of their long haul routes are over the pole. 777 would like nice in their livery though.
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Hagi From Finland, joined Jun 1999, 176 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1555 times:
The MD-80s. Yes. Evidently, they'll get a decent resale price out of those, whereas the niners wouldn't be worth much anymore. The MD-80s are, sadly, to be gone in five years.
I'd love to see the 777 in Finnair's livery too, but a mix of A330s & A340s a la SAS would seem more logical given the company's long & thin routes. Whatever they choose, they should get more planes than they have now! I mean, a long haul fleet of FOUR aircraft? How can you keep up a reasonable level of service to several cities with such few vessels, especially now that one is fitted cattle-only and effectively withdrawn from scheduled service? The answer: you can't.
Md80forum From Finland, joined May 1999, 157 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1535 times:
My bet: Within five years Finnair's state-owned majority (58 %) will be privatized. A major European airline will acquire a stake, most likely British Airways, and the long-haul network hub will be transferred to Stockholm, mainly serving destinations in Asia.
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Hagi From Finland, joined Jun 1999, 176 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1493 times:
An interesting scenario, Md80forum, but based on what?
While privatization is the norm in Europe nowadays, and Finnair might be in an acceptable shape for that, it would hardly be in the state's interests to let go of their stake. Take the present stock price, for instance, and consider how cheap the company would go. The real estate plus the aircraft must be worth a lot more than their current stock value! I would guess that the state will keep at least a 51% majority unless something dramatically affects the airline's stock value. And I can't see anything like that happening in the near future.
And why would long haul operations be moved away from the hub city where the majority of the clientele are? It's not as though steadily-growing air travel encourages that kind of move, all the less when there's virtually no competition to push the weak players out of that specific market sector.
On the other hand, I'm waiting for the day when the other Oneworld members start to make some commitment and take responsibility: right now we only get BA, and while IE, IB, AA and QF appear on codeshared flights to/from HEL, only IB of those has ever really been seen here. I think so far, Oneworld alliance hasn't been much of a benefit for either Finnair or our travelling public, but let's be patient and hope things are still shaping up. At least that's what all the indicators are pointing at.