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Intercontinental Flights At HEL  
User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1346 posts, RR: 5
Posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

Does anyone know if any airlines are planning on flying intercontinentally into Helsinki. Currently, AY is the only scheduled operator with flights to JFK, NRT, PEK, BKK (onto SIN or CLK) and seasonally to YYZ and DXB. Also, I believe LY still has flights to Tel Aviv, if that can really be considered intercontinental.

I would like to see a US airline flying to Helsinki, like Pan Am and Delta used to.

Stockholm and Copenhagen both get a lot more intercontinental flights. Does the demand simply not exist at HEL or what is it?

Thomas Ahlfors

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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8060 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1147 times:

I guess everything's changed since 9/11/01, but surely HEL would be an ideal destination for CO? They seem(ed) really keen to find niches like Shannon, Edinburgh, Birmingham et al. They could use their nice new 767-200NGs. In the meantime, lucky old AY having the market to itself (top airline btw).

How long did Delta last? Do they still fly to the other three Scandinavian countries?



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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32620 posts, RR: 72
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1133 times:

I think LY still flies seasonally to FLL via BGR. Not sure, though. LY used to fly to SFO and MIA in the early/mid 1990s. I don't know when those flights ended, however. In the future, as part of thier oneWorld membership, I could possibly see LY at Chicago O'Hare, giving connections to the West coast US, and Miami, as Florida is the #1 tourist destination for Finnish tourists in the US and is also a major oneWorld hub. Not for the short-term, however.


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User currently offlineFunFlying From Finland, joined Jul 2001, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1119 times:

First as a reply to the previous post, MAH4546, I guess you mean AY (Finnair) instead of LY (ElAl).

The first new intercontinental destination will be Hong Kong (HKG) in February operated with Finnair via BKK, as Thomas wrote. LY doesn't fly to HEL anymore, so there aren't any intercontinental airlines outside Europe serving HEL.

Delta doesn't fly to the Nordic countries anymore, they stopped their flights to Stockholm a few weeks ago due to NYC events, as did AA.

I think at least some Asian airlines could have potential at HEL..tough it's hard to come to Finnair's strong home market.. Smile

FunFlying



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User currently offlineHeisan67 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1093 times:

PIA is serving Oslo (OSL - Norway) and could be interested in HEL, but from what I know, Finland has very few people with Pakistani background living there.

User currently offlineJetboy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1092 times:

I remeber when Thai flew HEL-BKK, but stopped it shortly after starting....why? bad loads i guess....

finns like to fly finnair:P ?

cheers jetboy


User currently offlineMD From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1072 times:

Thai flew HEL?!?!?
When?




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User currently offlineJetboy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1067 times:

It was like ages ago, 10 years ago or so...dont remeber exactly...

cheers jetboy


User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1069 times:

Thai flew sometime around 92/92 and it lasted for one season only. It was twice weekly Bangkok-Helsinki-Munich. And Im sure they used 747-300 equipment.
The route didnt work out at all.


User currently offlineOla From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1068 times:

Has some other 747 flown regular flights to HEL (expect cargo companies)?

User currently offlineOla From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1060 times:

I said expect, but I meant except. sorry Big grin.

User currently offlineOH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

The services to DXB and FLL (via BGR) are/were (Finnish tour operators have stopped selling trips to Florida, this was before 9/11) charters operated for Finnish tour operators. I don't see any potential for PIA (would be nice for us spotters though  Big grin), i see little potential for CO. I'm sad AY dropped SFO, i see potential in it because we have a lot of hi-tech industry here in Finland, i guess the MD11's were too big for the route  Sad.
I once read here that EK was planning to start DXB-SVO-HEL.

Zulu Alpha


User currently offlineJetboy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1040 times:

i remeber the Thai crew staying in the Strand Inter-Continental Smile

cheers jetboy


User currently offlineBlueskies From Finland, joined Jul 2001, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1025 times:

There might be a possibility for some US airline (CO perhaps) to start a route to SVO with a stop in HEL. That way the load factor might be good enough, I don't see HEL alone to be a profitable enough destination for CO.

On the other hand, now that AA dropped STO, they might be interested in starting ORD-HEL, since both AA and AY are members of OneWorld. AA could then codeshare AY to destinations in Eastern Europe and Russia.

Greetings,
Blueskies


User currently offlineMD From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1027 times:

Possibly JAL, because if JAL joined Oneworld then Finnair and JAL start code-share flight from Narita Airport. Finnair fly two times a week from Tokyo and Finnair needs couple flight more, but Tokyo Narita Airport is so busy and so Finnair have problems to get more flight.

Sorry my worst English.



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User currently offlineMD From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1002 times:

I hope that some new Airline starts fly HEL.




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User currently offlineHagi From Finland, joined Jun 1999, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 997 times:

Just a few remarks...

Thai came to the Finnish market at a very bad time; the recession of the early 90s was in full swing here. That was not a normal downturn but a true economical crisis which killed for instance several tour operators and got Finnair into serious trouble. And this was after a period of economical boom never seen before (and since?). Passenger figures at Helsinki-Vantaa airport reached the pre-recession levels again just recently, in 1998 or 1999, so maybe you can imagine the severity of the blow the whole travel industry in this country had to sustain back in 1990-1994.

As for the SFO route, I, too, wonder how come Finnair couldn't make it a success during the last couple of years. Perhaps the service should have been all-year-round and more frequent to really establish the airline as a player in the US west coast. Or maybe SFO-Europe market was too saturated already. What ever the case, the silicon valley connection has lost a lot of its importance since the beginning of this year anyway.

And yes, before the events of this September and the ensuing conflict, Middle-Eastern companies were rumouredly looking at Helsinki as a possibility. In fact, rights to fly between Helsinki and Abu Dhabi (someone correct if it's some other Gulf destination) have been negotiated between the governements of Finland and UAE. Now we just need an airline to operate that route... maybe sometime in the future. Such rights have evidently been agreed to flights between Helsinki and Osaka, too...

- Hagi


User currently offlineN17085 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 975 times:

HEL is the coolest airport ever, I love that place. Anyway, HEL has a huge potential to expand, I wouldn't be surprised if within the next 5 years we saw a new airline start up there and have it as a major hub. AY is a fantastic airlines, but if they don't expand more, then I think that we could see some competition out of HEL to places like JFK, SFO, and LAX.

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