SNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3254 posts, RR: 20 Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6374 times:
Does anyone know how well Finnair is doing on the HEL-BOS (via ARN) flight? A couple of friends flew on it last summer and they said that the flights were less than half empty. This was great, as they had lots of space to stretch and lie down, but maybe it doesn't bode well for the future of that route.
Thought I'd ask, given that this is a flight I might consider taking in the future.
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Quoting EXAAUADL (Reply 1): HEL is so far east for decent connections to anywhere except Russia/Former USSR
Talking about passengers from US yes, but as said above their focus is elsewhere at the moment, in the Europe-Asia traffic.
JFK/BOS-HEL-DEL/BOM looks good on the map, perhaps they can make it work in the future.
OkAY From Finland, joined Dec 2006, 789 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6121 times:
These flights are very special and one needs to know a little history of Finland to understand why such flights are mainly done. Most of the passengers on these flights are people who have immigrated to America long long time ago (or their parents or their grand parents etc.), and they come to visit their relatives and villages where their roots are. I think same phenomenon can be found in Sweden, reason why the flight is done via ARN. It was fun to check in passengers on these flights. A guy between 90 and grave would come to the check in desk and speak Finglish to me. Bedroom would be petiroom and car kaara... And so cheerful! If you want to learn more about the phenomenon there is a short article about it on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_American. As long as there is a demand for these special seasonal flights, Finnair will do them.
Same kind of flights have been done to Miami, which used to be very popular amongst the senior citizens of Finland some 15-20 years ago. Also SFO was served seasonally due to high demand of American Finnish people wanting to travel between the two countries. The history has seen such flights (one off or a group of few flights operated during the demand period, usually Summer) to be done to many parts of Canada, too. These flights are not really targeted for business passengers, they are in deed operated with Finnair's B757s which is an aircraft type Finnair uses for charter flights. There is no Business class on these aircraft. One can, however buy a normal Y ticket for the flight. However the travel agent is adviced by Finnair to mention the fact that this is not a normal scheduled flight.
The America in other ways is not really that appealing for Finnair long haul operations, they are heavily focusing on the Asian flights. To connect from America to Central Europe through Helsinki.. Well there is some of this traffic, too, but a fact is Helsinki is too up North to be the most convenient choise. However, the new routes opened to India have been found by some Americans to connect from Finnair's JFK flight on to a flight to India. Will this phenomenon be further studied by the company and will action be taken, remains to be seen.
Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6100 times:
Quoting AY" class=quote target=_blank>OkAY (Reply 10): The history has seen such flights (one off or a group of few flights operated during the demand period, usually Summer) to be done to many parts of Canada, too.
Little me made this trip to Vancouver back in 1978, non stop from HEL on AY DC-8... that was sooo exitting!
Similar service to Toronto continues next summer too.
Thank you OkAY for clearing up what it's all about.
Sukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 384 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5800 times:
Summer 2005 Finnair flew twice a week HEL-NYO-BOS
Summer 2006 twice a week .HEL-ARN-BOS
Summer 2007 three times a week HEL-ARN-BOS
Summer 2008 no more traffic? ARN-BOS only nonstop HEL-BOS twice a week
not good for Stockholm-Arlanda Airport
Turk223 From Barbados, joined Aug 2003, 438 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5582 times:
I just flew on the service last week. Both flights were about 50% full... The 757 is a bit cramped (it would be pretty uncomfortable if the flights were full), but the service was very pleasant... We made connectinos to PRG on CSA (code share with AY).
At HEL, there were many flights to Asian cities... The entire ramp seemed to be covered with AY planes...
All in all, pretty OK...
The Swissport staff that handle the AY flights at BOS were not too "customer service-minded" - makes for a bad first impression of AY (but once on board, the FAs made up for it!)...
Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5564 times:
Quoting Turk223 (Reply 16): I just flew on the service last week. Both flights were about 50% full... The 757 is a bit cramped (it would be pretty uncomfortable if the flights were full), but the service was very pleasant... We made connectinos to PRG on CSA (code share with AY).
Those 757's (7) belong to AY's charter division, AY fly them to the holiday destinations in Southern-Europe and in winter destinations in Thailand, Brazil, Caribbean etc. The 29" seat pitch sure is cramped, comparing to AY's regular 32".
Yes true. Lake Worth is popular among the Finnish people. I think this is why at some point the 757s were flying to Fort Lauderdale Int. and not to Miami.
Talking about diasporas, there is also quite healthy diaspora of Finnish people in Brazil. I had never even heard of this until I visited my friend in Rio and he said oh we will take you to little Finland! I wondered what in the world are they talking about and could not believe my eyes when we entered a little willage all built like it belongs to some Santa Claus movie! Ont op of the gate there was a sign Little Finland. All the streets had Finnish names and it even had Posti, operated by the local Post office though, not the Finnish one lol.
This is really off topic, I know. But just came to my mind. I talked to a guy who kept a Finnish restaurant and spoke fairly good "latin accent" Finnish, and he said they have many times asked AY to start flights to Sao paolo or Rio (this willage is situated quite between the two cities) but it has never happened. I guess the demand is just not there, meaning the diaspora is not big enough (anymore) to support these kind of flights.
Killjoy From Finland, joined Dec 1999, 646 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5333 times:
Quoting Andaman (Reply 17): Those 757's (7) belong to AY's charter division, AY fly them to the holiday destinations in Southern-Europe and in winter destinations in Thailand, Brazil, Caribbean etc. The 29" seat pitch sure is cramped, comparing to AY's regular 32".
For me it's not really the pitch that's a problem. The seats totally kill my back, however. Let's hope they decide to change them now that they're replacing the ones on the Airbus fleet. Then maybe I can finally start choosing holiday trips that don't begin in Bangkok (MD-11)
It would also be nice if they just dumped the 757 fleet and replaced it with the A350-800. Asia could easily support that size, and the A321 could handle European charters.
Turk223 From Barbados, joined Aug 2003, 438 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5203 times:
Quoting SNATH (Reply 20): Downright rude is the expression you're looking for.
Actually, that's more accurate - I was just trying to be nice in case there were any Swissport employees here!
The gate agents were so rude at BOS! We actually joked about it when we realized that neither of them spoke (or God forbid smiled). We "played a game" to see if either of us could make her speak - I said a cheery "How are you?" and a "Thanks!" when I passed by her...
Not one word from her.
Then I lost my bag on the way back to Boston; no agent to be found, no apologies (just a comment that I should get rid of the bag after I told her that it was also lost on my last trip)....
How the hell do they keep their jobs?
And, shouldn't Finnair (and others) worry about the negative image it can give them?
I didn't realize that was the motive behind the service. My great uncle used to go out of his way to fly AY from SFO after non-stop service to SEA was cut in the 1980s. I think he was the only AY loyalist in my family, everyone else just started flying SAS.
Quoting Andaman (Reply 11): Little me made this trip to Vancouver back in 1978, non stop from HEL on AY DC-8... that was sooo exitting!
Didn't realize AY flew to YVR at one point. How long did that last?
: You're great uncle had a very good taste then! The SEA route was interesting in a way that AY had a crew base there for 3 years. The crew were n
: It was a charter flight, they used to have those a couple per summer that time. The non stop flight last something like 9h I think. Quite a bit Finni
: I agree with OkAY about Finnish-Americans - my great grandparents came to the US and finally settled down. Their children spoke both Swedish and Finni
: In Finland the Swedish language is the second official language and the first language for many Finns, so speaking Swedish isn't necessarily anything
: Wow, I heard that before. Very interesting! I can vaguely remember seeing those DC-10s at SEA when I was a kid...I've been meaning to dig through the
: There must have been, but I don't remember where did they fly. Toronto must have been one destination. Atleast Suomi-Seura - Finland Society used to
: My mum remembers to have done flights in late 70s and 80s to at least Dulut and Detroit as well. Operated with the DC-8. About the SEA base, my mum co