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Finnair To Hanoi In 2013  
User currently offlineokAY From Finland, joined Dec 2006, 672 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 9758 times:

Hello all,

Finnair has announced a new long haul route starting in Summer 2013. AY will start flights to Hanoi in Vietnam. By doing so, it will be the first European airline to serve this city from Europe.

With this move AY is following its strategy to be the fast airlink between Europe and Asia.

AY Press Release

Great news for AY! I wonder which aircraft type is going to be used? Does this mean a new frame needs to be acquired or is there space in schedules with the ones AY has at the moment?

okAY

[Edited 2012-11-27 23:34:25]

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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8588 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 9737 times:
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Superb news!

Finnair won't be alone in this market place for very long, I expect other European carriers to be adding either HAN or SGN to the network in the future.

I suspect they will need a 343 for this route, perhaps a tad far for their 333's?



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5939 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 9724 times:

Quoting okAY (Thread starter):
it will be the first European airline to serve this city from Europe.

Not quite, LOT beat them to this honour.

The route has subsequently been suspended, but WAW-HAN was the first flight to Hanoi with a Euro carrier.


Correction: AF was first with CDG-HAN, also pulled.

[Edited 2012-11-27 23:46:55]


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User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 3028 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 9669 times:

Sounds like HAN has been a struggle for European carriers so far.

Will have to wait and see how AY go with this route.


User currently offlineiksu From Finland, joined Nov 2011, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 9590 times:
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Hi,

I might as well make this my first post after lurking around a.net for quite some time.

As per information in Finnair intranet, A330 will be used to operate this route. Flight times are HEL HAN 10h 10min and return 10h 50min. This will not be capacity increase as flight will operate with aircraft released from shuffling around summer schedule. Initially this will be a seasonal route only, operational from summer 2013 to 27OCT13.

I hope we do well with this 12th Asian destination!

Brgds, Iksu


User currently offlineokAY From Finland, joined Dec 2006, 672 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 9583 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 2):

I stand corrected. I meant to write the only (for the time being) Euro-carrier to serve Hanoi.

okAY


User currently offlineokAY From Finland, joined Dec 2006, 672 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 9554 times:

I am a little surprised of the choice,as mentioned here a few airlines have tried it with little success. Now, I am sure AY has made their homework and done market analysis to see if the profit is there or not. Have they found a market others have missed? I had been waiting for a new long haul announcement from AY for some time now, but I must admit I had my bet on KUL.

okAY


User currently offlinesmbukas From Lithuania, joined Feb 2009, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 9482 times:

LOT tried Hanoi with 767 from WAW and OK served Vietnam with A320 on a technical stop.

Both stopped. AFAIK, load factors were good, but not enough yield.

The thing is, that Vietnamese populations in Poland, Czech Republic and around are quite big and most of them now using hubs in the west to get there (FRA, AMS, MUC, CDG, etc.) or TK to Ho Chi Minh City. Finnair is really strong in Eastern Europe feeding HEL so I think, they believe they just become best available option in this market. They are able to do this route with existing fleet so maybe they will make money from seasonal route even with not so high yield.


User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 3028 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 9452 times:

Quoting smbukas (Reply 7):
A320 on a technical stop

Now that sounds painful.

Quoting AY" class="quote" target="_blank">okAY (Reply 6):
I had been waiting for a new long haul announcement from AY for some time now, but I must admit I had my bet on KUL.

I thought they would too, especially with MH joining OW.


User currently offlineBreninTW From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 9385 times:

Instead of drawing on feed from Europe, could AY be planning on connecting from the East Coast US? It would make some sense to travel from East Coast US to HAN via HEL, rather than flying through LAX.

According to the Great Circle Mapper, NYC - HEL - HAN is approximately 2,000 miles shorter than NYC - LAX - HAN.

(Sorry, can't get a workable link to post)

I can't see any point in going north from Eastern Europe to HEL and then to HAN when you could fly via one of the Middle Eastern hubs.



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User currently offlinevlad1971 From Netherlands, joined Jul 2005, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 9345 times:

I thought SU is flying to Hanoi as well from Moscow ....

User currently offlineokAY From Finland, joined Dec 2006, 672 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8956 times:

Quoting vlad1971 (Reply 10):

That depends on if you consider SU a Euro-carrier or not.

Is Russia in Europe or Asia?

okAY


User currently offlinesmbukas From Lithuania, joined Feb 2009, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8948 times:

Quoting BreninTW (Reply 9):
I can't see any point in going north from Eastern Europe to HEL and then to HAN when you could fly via one of the Middle Eastern hubs.

The same - it is shorter way. PRG/WAW - HEL - HAN is 500 nm shorter then PRG/WAW - DXB - HAN. And still, MEB3 is not so strong in Eastern Europe. Emirates and Qatar is coming to WAW only next year. No MEB3 in Baltics, other Poland cities except WAW, BUD has only Qatar, etc.

Even LON-HEL-HAN is 900nm shorter then LON-DXB-HAN. That is the model Finnair business plan is based on.


User currently offlineokAY From Finland, joined Dec 2006, 672 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8912 times:

Quoting BreninTW (Reply 9):
Instead of drawing on feed from Europe, could AY be planning on connecting from the East Coast US? It would make some sense to travel from East Coast US to HAN via HEL, rather than flying through LAX.

According to the Great Circle Mapper, NYC - HEL - HAN is approximately 2,000 miles shorter than NYC - LAX - HAN.

(Sorry, can't get a workable link to post)

North-America-Asia through HEL has been discussed for years. Let's see what AY has stored. But I think they might want to wait for the economic sitution to improve a little in the US before and if they are to make a move in that direction.

okAY


User currently offlineJU068 From Vanuatu, joined Aug 2009, 2773 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8869 times:
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Quoting okAY (Reply 11):
That depends on if you consider SU a Euro-carrier or not.

Yes, Aeroflot is a European carrier, especially since Turkish Airlines is considered one.


How do they expect to make money if LOT didn't? (I suppose that LOT has a cheaper cost structure)


User currently offlineFly2yyz From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1046 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8830 times:

Quoting AY" class="quote" target="_blank">okAY (Reply 13):

AY has already been selling North America to Asia already albeit it had not the greatest connections and one way was with BA. I was going to grab a ticket at a reasonable fare from YYZ to ICN, but then the fare jumped on me and I ended up going to Asia via another untraditional routing.


User currently offlineHELyes From Thailand, joined Oct 2010, 1000 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 8718 times:

Quoting okAY (Reply 6):

Same here, I expected KUL or India when heard rumors something new coming up. Hanoi sounds a bit risky but anyway good to get a new LH route in HEL, even if seasonal.


User currently offlineg2scandinavia From Norway, joined Jun 2010, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 8686 times:

I think it's a great move for Finnair and probably a service that are more aimed to serve Nordic passengers rather than Europe in general. In that way, I think the failure of LOT and CSA has little relevant as the average income and travel pattern are of significant difference from the Nordic countries. This part of Asia is a huge market from FI/SE/DK/NO.
Thailand is booming from all the Nordic countries with ridiculously high capacity and an demand that seems to never end. Vietnam could easily surf on the same wave and I think that's what Finnair are thinking too. It's a "new" destination for travelers loving Thailand who want's to crank up their vacation with something more exotic. Don't forget that many Nordic passengers have visited Thailand several times and that Vietnam are seen as a "new" Thailand for those who are seeking a new taste of Asia.
The success of a carrier depends on it's ability to build it owns markets. I therefore think it's very vice of Finnair to launch Vietnam. Also when it comes to the future competition with Norwegian who most definitely have stated that Vietnam will be launched from OSL and ARN in the near future.

My only thought is why they launch it for the summer season? Would not the demand be greater during the winter?


User currently offlineHELyes From Thailand, joined Oct 2010, 1000 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 8659 times:

Quoting Fly2yyz (Reply 15):
I was going to grab a ticket at a reasonable fare from YYZ to ICN

I would stay out of the 757 they have on HEL-YYZ, terribly cramped charter-type configuration, it's a shame they use it in scheduled service. Luckily they don't have many 757's left.


User currently offlinetwa@fra From China, joined Nov 2000, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 8566 times:

With the increasing FDI into VN, means a lot of factories of blue chip companies opening as well as their supplies, I'm sure business travel must have increased quite a bit, which is a totally different market as VFR OK and to a certain extend LOT was focused on. Anyhow with TG,SQ alikes nearby, a tough market / area IMO

User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8360 times:

Is Hanoi another one of these sex routes?

This will be interesting to watch as I can't see it surviving very long. Anyone for that area would probably connect through Asia hubs.


User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7808 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7844 times:

HEL officially has the most impressive Asia network of any city not in Asia!


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User currently offlineLJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4477 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7432 times:

Quoting g2scandinavia (Reply 17):
I think the failure of LOT and CSA has little relevant as the average income and travel pattern are of significant difference from the Nordic countries.

However, the failure of AF should mean something. If AF can't make HAN work why would AY be able to do so? Yes, VN flies CDG-HAN (and LGW/FRA-HAN) but they have a lower cost base than AY.

Quoting twa@fra (Reply 19):
With the increasing FDI into VN, means a lot of factories of blue chip companies opening as well as their supplies, I'm sure business travel must have increased quite a bit, which is a totally different market as VFR OK and to a certain extend LOT was focused on. Anyhow with TG,SQ alikes nearby, a tough market / area IMO

AFAIK Ho Chi Minh City is the main economic city in Vietnam, hence why it sees more air service.


User currently offlineJAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1624 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6892 times:

Quoting iksu (Reply 4):
Initially this will be a seasonal route only, operational from summer 2013 to 27OCT13.

Interesting season - Finnair will be flying during the hottest part of the year! I would think - for leisure markets anyway - that the winter months would have greater demand. I'm no businessman, but I don't know that I'd want to fly to Vietnam during the summer!


User currently offlineAYVN From Vietnam, joined Jun 2011, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6450 times:

I think it's quite ok season for Hanoi. It will be hot and humid in Jun - Oct, but during European winter, it's rather freezing in Hanoi. Actually anything north of Da Nang is quite cool in winter time, not good for heat seeking tourists. During winter season SGN would be the place to go.

What I would like to know is how AY is going to fill business seats? All economy would fly full every time as many Vietnamese living in Europe are real bargain hunters...


25 Post contains images HELyes : HAN probably gets their newest A333's with most Y seats. And with the latest fully flat seats in Business Class In winter these new birds often fly l
26 Lufthansa : I'm guessing this is purely because they have more economy seats? I'm sure the J class travellers on the normal routes would prefer those seats?
27 twa@fra : I do not have any figures on hand of the split between north and south VN, as I was in Hanoi the last time I was just really impressed by all these n
28 Post contains images HELyes : Yes the number of Y seats is the reason, I wish all their wide bodies had the new J-class seats. I once flew a 6h charter flight HEL-LPA in the new J
29 HELyes : Timetables: AY097 146 HEL 16:30 - HAN 06:40 A333 10h10min AY098 257 HAN 08:25 - HEL 15:20 A333 10h55min Price examples Jun 2013, return Y from AY webs
30 Lufthansa : Just as an Aside where does finnair usually send those A330s with the flat beds? They're a good way to get from Australia to Northern Europe in J at a
31 HELyes : From Australia the best chance to get AY flat bed is via BKK, rarely seen on HEL-HKG. HEL-SIN is only served by A343 due the distance.
32 Lufthansa747 : BKK HKT KBV LPA
33 Lufthansa : So what year round BKK is basically the only scheduled city that regularly gets them? Any plans to update SIN or HKG to it. Ex Australia they are the
34 okAY : JFK gets exclusively the A330 but that won't help in your case. okAY
35 HELyes : In Asia BKK gives the best chances, served 2x daily in winter with mixed fleet. It looks also DEL gets flat bed flights this winter, didn't check oth
36 doug_Or : No necessarily a fair comparison since this wouldn't be the preferred traffic flow, in fact no one even flies LAX-HAN. NYC-HEL-HAN is about 200 or so
37 okAY : True about Vietnam becoming more and more popular among the holiday package travellers from the Nordic countries. But still the destination is a myst
38 bestwestern : Am i correct in guessing that this means no additional Chinese service in 2013? I had heard very credible rumours of a western Chinese city being laun
39 HELyes : I think it's possible we'll see a new (Chinese) destination next winter season, especially if HAN remains seasonal. Not sure how Chongqing is perform
40 BuyantUkhaa : Where was this stop?
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