Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 21 Posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2517 times:
What will Finnair replace it's MD-11 with when they decide to retire them? A330/A340 looks logical to me since they have A320/A321's in their fleet. Can we rule out 763/764's? Finnair does have the 757 in it's fleet which could be complimented with 767's.
AY-MD11 From Finland, joined Feb 2001, 471 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2250 times:
Now for the logical decision would be to get mix of A340-600 and A330-300.About 5 ac would be ok.Now they have 4 MD-11s and that is too small amount cause they dont have so much "downtime" and if 1 breaks it mean the schedule will go all f***** up.Now in the highseasons they usually get full planes and would need more seat and that why -600 would be great.And A330 great plane for JFK runs.767 is way too small replacement for MD11 and they thinked about it many years ago but didnt go for it.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12291 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2216 times:
I would think the A330-200 would be most likely, together with the A330-300IGW for busier routes, such as JFK, PEK, BKK. It already has the 32X, which will be a crucial factor, but even without that, I think the 332 would be a perfect aircraft for AY. It has the range to fly any AY M11 route, but more importantly, it has excellent cargo capacity and being slightly smaller, it should allow frequencies to be increased.
Its oneworld partner, Aer Lingus, is a committed 330 operator and could assist it in operating and introducing the new type.
OH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2111 times:
IMO Finnair could buy 2-4 A330-200's and 2-4 A340-600's. The A330's could operate on the JFK route, and possibly NRT with an increase of frequency, also YYZ could get A330 service during the summer (not exactly sure about the profitability of the route). Also we could see SFO back in Finnair's route network for the summer timetable, the route could be profitable as Finland has a lot of hi-tech industry.
Finnair's scheduled intercontinental network currently consists of the following routes:
HEL-BKK-HKG-BKK-HEL (four times a week)
HEL-BKK-SIN-BKK-HEL (three times a week)
HEL-PEK-HEL (four times a week)
HEL-NRT-HEL (two times a week)
Also, YYZ is served thrice a week from mid-June until mid-August, these flights are officially leisure flights, and are operated on B757-200's.
Woodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1023 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2056 times:
They could save themselves lots of money and pick up a couple MD-11s second hand and be done with it! No more training, no more MX changes and there are a few MD-11s out there that are homeless (I am thinking the one ex-CityBird MD-11 in Abbotsford BC and perhaps an ex-Sabena. The MD-11s arent old at all and the apparantly work just fine for Finnair. I didnt think that Finnair had plans for replacing them anytime soon.
TransSwede From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 993 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1997 times:
*IF* (big If) finnair wanted to replace their Md-11's now, I think the best solution would be a fleet of pure A330-200's. (maybe 5-6 of them)
The A330-200 has slightly less passenger capacity than the MD-11, and about the same cargo capacity, while having the range to handle all of AY's current routes. A smaller plane than the MD-11 would fit Finnair better, being a medium sized carrier, and allow more frequencies on the routes.
I don't really think that a mix of A330's and A340's would be good with such a small fleet (4-6), equipment trouble/change would be a big hassle with more than one widebody type, I would think. (Or they could do it like SAS, order both the A330-300 and A340-300 and outfit them with the same number of seats)
But as others have said, they'll probably keep the MD-11's for a while.
The Ticketor From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 434 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1796 times:
Woodsboy, that ex CityBird MD11 you mentioned where at HEL about a month ago, I guess for a possible dry-lease. It is not the first time it's been there, the guy I talked to said "Oh, it's just the annual CityBird visit", no word on any deal though.
I don't think you will hear anything on this for quite a while, but you might hear something about smaller jets at the end of this year. There's a working group working on the "Jet100" project looking at smaller a/c for some routes.
As for replacing MD11s with Boeings; not going to happen (IMO).
Airblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1759 times:
Finnair has a long-haul fleet of 4 MDD-11.
If they are going to replace this fleet soon, it's likely to think they are going to order 5 aircrafts plus 3/5 options.
With a so small long-haul fleet a mix of A330/340 is really a non sense especially for equipment trouble/change.
The best solution is to buy only one kind of plane.
There are two solution:
A330/200 or B777/200ER.
A332 has commonality with A32X fleet, but is smaller than today M11. So with this plane they could improve the number of frequencies. This plane is the best for their North America operations, but maybe not the best solution for the Asian network.
B772 is more close to M11 in pax capacity and could carry more cargo. This plane is great for their Asian network, but maybe not the best solution for North America.
In my opinion for Finnair network today B772 is the best solution, but at the end, the A332 commonality with the rest of the fleet is also very important for a medium size carrier like Finnair.
JRodriguez136 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 235 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1661 times:
First of all, Finnair will not be getting rid of their MD-11's. All 4 of their MD-11's are new (entered service in '92 or so), they as you probably know replaced the DC-10-30's. They were in a time saying that they were going to replace the MD-11 for A340's, as you can see that didn't happen. They also mentioned they were gonna go ALL Airbus, the thing is that they just received a new 757, which is the only one in the new colors of all of their 757's. Remember Finnair was the first company to enter the MD-11 for passenger commercial service. OH-LGA was the first MD-11 at JFK and it has a good history. I don't think that after painting and re-newing the interior of ALL MD-11's they are going to be replaced. They are now saying they will get EJR's because they are giving all of their ATR's to Aero Airlines and they need their own planes to operate short-routes in Finland, etc. They also "supposedly"(unofficial) said that to get the Airbuses cheaper, I really don't know if this is true, but don't care, as long as I do my job that I am assigned to in JFK w/ them, I'm ok, I guess.
But the point is that Finnair is growing and they sure need extra aircraft especially for their long-routes, such as A340 would be nice. They are now in talks of wet leasing an MD-11 from CityBird to enter service on September, but I think they are thinking very hard about this, but whatever they do, as an employee, I wish them the best, and I thank them for keeping up the progress here in the USA as well as in Europe...
The Ticketor From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 434 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1531 times:
No news about an exact type for the Jet100, except that their prime candidate was an aircraft not yet in service. But things change of course, so who knows...
Rodriguez, why isn't your pic on the intranet? Chicken?
Latest a/c news is that a Dash DHC8-Q460 was seen at HEL doing a demo flight with some AY brass. That could mean several things. Maybe Aero (EE) will get new a/c? Maybe AY is looking at the Dash as replacement for the ATR72s being handed over to EE? Maybe this has something to do with KF pulling out of domestic operations in Finland and more capacity is needed?
I don't know, but if they decide to buy the Dash, I sure hope it works out better than it did for SK in the begining.
Kj76 From Finland, joined Aug 2001, 188 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1507 times:
Have to remember that Finnair has used their MD11's (oh-lga and oh-lgb) mainly for charterflights to mediterranian destinations...I have flown 3 years in a row from Helsinki to Rhodes,Greece with OH-LGA.
At least greek islands are so popular that they operate the widebodies on those routes.
This year I'll fly next sunday again to Rhodes but tickets say that it's a B757...we shall see...
Dragon lady From Italy, joined Oct 2001, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1466 times:
I just spoke with a person I know in Ay fleet planning who said that Boeing has made AY an offer to take additional MD-11 aircraft that are available. Boeing has also appereantly offered the B777-200ER as a MD-11 replacement in the future.