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AY Summer: New Connections From JFK To Asia  
User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4245 times:

Finnair increase flights on Helsinki-New York route during the coming summer to 10x weekly, creating connections between JFK and PEK, PVG, HKG, ICN, NGO, NRT, KIX and DEL via HEL. The new flights will also improve the connections with Finnair's European network, covering around 40 cities.

The new flights AY007/008 will get a MD-11 from their BOM route, suspended for the summer. The daily 005/006 will get a fresh new A333 in April, the A333's will replace all their MD-11's by next spring. Hopefully they will be able to continue their new JFK-Asia service in the future, despite the hard times...

The new 3x weekly service (MD-11):
HEL-JFK AY007: 17:10-18:50 (Wed, Fri, Sun 31 May-13 Sep)
JFK-HEL AY008: 22:40-13:50 (+1) (Wed, Fri, Sun 31 May-13 Sep)

Daily (A333):
HEL-JFK AY005: 14:10-15:50
JFK-HEL AY006: 17:40-08:50 (+1)

AY press release:
http://www.finnairgroup.com/group/gr...ml?&Id=hex_200903170000377975.html

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User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4060 times:

Nice to see an increase in service during these difficult times!

Quoting Andaman (Thread starter):

The new 3x weekly service (MD-11):
HEL-JFK AY007: 17:10-18:50 (Wed, Fri, Sun 31 May-13 Sep)
JFK-HEL AY008: 22:40-13:50 (+1) (Wed, Fri, Sun 31 May-13 Sep)

Will the crews just have 2 and 3 day layovers in NYC then?


User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5945 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3981 times:
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With AY getting A330's, I'm hoping they'll return to SEA when the World economy comes back around.

User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3831 times:



Quoting RJpieces (Reply 1):
Will the crews just have 2 and 3 day layovers in NYC then?

Would be curious to know too, I think they mix A330/340 and MD-11 crews.

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 2):
With AY getting A330's, I'm hoping they'll return to SEA when the World economy comes back around.

Yes would be cool if they returned to US west coast, I once flew on their HEL-SEA-LAX route in late 1980's. Their last attempt was HEL-SFO in 1990's.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3737 times:
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Great news!

Good luck to AY, hope these work out for them.

Looking forward to flying AY again later this year, always had great service on this carrier.



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User currently offlineUpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3685 times:



Quoting Andaman (Thread starter):
The new 3x weekly service (MD-11):
HEL-JFK AY007: 17:10-18:50 (Wed, Fri, Sun 31 May-13 Sep)
JFK-HEL AY008: 22:40-13:50 (+1) (Wed, Fri, Sun 31 May-13 Sep)

Daily (A333):
HEL-JFK AY005: 14:10-15:50
JFK-HEL AY006: 17:40-08:50 (+1)

We've been waiting for the perfert US-Helsinki-India schedule quite some time, this is good news! Too bad BOM is on a summer break from the AY schedule...



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User currently offlineLAXspotr From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2005, 81 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3651 times:

This is excellent news!! I'm excited to have the joy of seeing the beautiful MD-11 in New York for an extra few month, as it was originally planned for aircraft to stop flying the HEL-JFK route completely next month!

Absolutely fantastic.

- Josh May


User currently offlineFlyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1742 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3467 times:

Do many travellers currently fly via HEL, to the far east from JFK? Is this routing much longer than the typical transpacific sector?


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User currently offlineBehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4825 posts, RR: 44
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3453 times:

Why would anyone want to fly Finnair from JFK to China, Japan, HKG and ICN via HEL when they can do so faster on CX/JL/KE/CO/NH/OZ/CA over the Pacific?

User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3387 times:

Quoting Flyguy1 (Reply 7):
Do many travellers currently fly via HEL, to the far east from JFK? Is this routing much longer than the typical transpacific sector?

So far the AY's timetables haven't really served the JFK-Asia connections.
Checked on Ebookers some total travel times on JFK-HKG: it takes around 21h via HEL, the same via NRT on ANA, 19-24h on AC via YYZ/YYR. The non stop on CX of course the fastest.

The Europe-Asia connections are their core business, but I think they want to test some new ideas rather than ground one MD-11 this early... Personally I'd rather see an other A333 on the JFK-HEL route, their MD-11 is a powerful bird but the Y cabin is outdated.

[Edited 2009-03-17 19:13:08]

User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3336 times:



Quoting Behramjee (Reply 8):
Why would anyone want to fly Finnair from JFK to China, Japan, HKG and ICN via HEL when they can do so faster on CX/JL/KE/CO/NH/OZ/CA over the Pacific?

If you check the total travel times, there often are quite little differences, like on the JFK-HKG route mentioned above. If you left the non stop flights out of course. The easy transit at HEL helps and I suppose AY is ready to fix the timetables in the future if they get serious with JFK-Asia connections.

And of course people don't always choose the fastest route, as it can be seen in the Europe-Asia traffic. There are other factors too, like ticket price, air miles etc.


User currently offlineJFernandez From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3322 times:



Quoting Behramjee (Reply 8):
Why would anyone want to fly Finnair from JFK to China, Japan, HKG and ICN via HEL when they can do so faster on CX/JL/KE/CO/NH/OZ/CA over the Pacific?

As someone who did JFK-LHR-HEL-PVG-KIX-ICN-SEA-JFK in 9 days a couple of years ago, JFK-HEL-PVG is *not* any worse than OneWorld's other option, which is NYC-ORD-PVG.

When you look at the route:

JFK-ORD-PVG%2C+JFK-HEL-PVG%0D%0A&RANGE=&PATH-COLOR=red&PATH-UNITS=mi&PATH-MINIMUM=&SPEED-GROUND=&SPEED-UNITS=kts&RANGE-STYLE=best&RANGE-COLOR=navy&MAP-STYLE=" target=_blank>http://gc.kls2.com/cgi-bin/gc?PATH=J...E=best&RANGE-COLOR=navy&MAP-STYLE=

You're seeing 7,797 nm against the wind, or 8,721 nm with the wind. And yeah, having the break in the middle is much nicer. Sure, if I was airline agnostic, I could do CO EWR-PVG, but that's 14 hours, 25 minutes. Total flying time JFK-HEL-PVG is about 17 hours, 10 minutes. Not that tragic, frankly.


User currently offlineUpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3198 times:



Quoting Flyguy1 (Reply 7):
Do many travellers currently fly via HEL, to the far east from JFK? Is this routing much longer than the typical transpacific sector?

At the moment very few, since the current timetable doesn't really allow it. But as JFernandez said, via HEL is not that bad compared to other options. And for JFK-DEL it's actually as perferct as you can get: only + 0.7% longer than the non-stop option!



AY and ANA rock!
User currently offlinePyh From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3101 times:

Tokyo will be daily between 13 Jun-30 Sep.

Press release


User currently offlineUpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2813 times:



Quoting Pyh (Reply 13):
Tokyo will be daily between 13 Jun-30 Sep.

Super!!! And year-round from Oct 2010 when the new slots are in use.  Smile



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User currently offlineTeme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1607 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2727 times:
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Quoting Pyh (Reply 13):
Tokyo will be daily between 13 Jun-30 Sep.

On what metal?? MD-11??



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2688 times:



Quoting Teme82 (Reply 15):
On what metal?? MD-11??

No, A340. It looks next summer AY have 3x MD-11, 4xA333 and 5xA343. MD-11's operate to BKK and JFK.


User currently offlineTeme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1607 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2660 times:
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Quoting Andaman (Reply 16):
No, A340. It looks next summer AY have 3x MD-11, 4xA333 and 5xA343. MD-11's operate to BKK and JFK.

Hmm... I was planning trip to Japan on summer, how much cheaper those extra "scheduled charter" are ??



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2614 times:



Quoting Teme82 (Reply 17):
Hmm... I was planning trip to Japan on summer, how much cheaper those extra "scheduled charter" are ??

Haven't noticed any difference in prices, hoping to see some Stockmann-offers later this month... AF-KL have some lowish prices from HEL to NRT for coming summer, around 550e.


User currently offlineTeme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1607 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2542 times:
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Quoting Andaman (Reply 18):
Haven't noticed any difference in prices, hoping to see some Stockmann-offers later this month... AF-KL have some lowish prices from HEL to NRT for coming summer, around 550e.

heh, not helping me I just got my AY plus MC card  Wink



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