FunFlying From Finland, joined Jul 2001, 185 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2225 times:
I've heard that quite certainly Finnair will add a 5th MD11 a/c to its fleet this autumn or next spring, as well as add an 8th weekly flight to BKK and considering to re-open its flights to Osaka. Has anyone heard about it?
Additionally according to new info all DC9 aircraft will be retired before MD-80s...
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 15 Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2092 times:
This is interesting news indeed. Per Bill Harms' website, there are 3 GE-powered MD-11s in storage at Victorville. Perhaps Finnair is picking up one of these. It's good to see the passenger version of the MD-11 still around, instead of having all of them converted into freighters. Now if only Delta would pick up another MD-11..... Regards.
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AKelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2139 posts, RR: 6 Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2061 times:
Once of the 3 GE-powered MD-11s at Victorville is a former VARIG ship that is destined for freighter conversion for UPS. So it's down to two CF6-80C2 ships, formerly of CityBird. It'll probably be one of these two.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12167 posts, RR: 35 Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1866 times:
Is the MD11 the right size of aircraft to get?
Since AY has introduced a fairly sizeable 32X fleet, one would have thought it might be looking at the 330s to replace MD11s; the 332, being smaller, but with excellent range, would allow it to add frequencies and maybe take out the BKK stop on flights to SIN and HKG.
What's the long term plan; presumably the new M11 will be leased for a relatively short period and then, all going well, sold to a cargo operator?
Jaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1782 times:
I think when it becomes time for Finnair to replace the MD-11's which wont be for a while the best bet would be the A345. That would fit perectly with the Asian cities they serve. One question though. Does Finnair still serve Chicago? The A345 would not be a good plane for New York or Chicago so it might be a combination of the A345 and the A333.
CFM-56 From Finland, joined Sep 2001, 239 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1765 times:
I can't even remember if Finnair ever flew to Chicago?? In the 80s maybe or earlier,they haven't got any other American routes than New York in their regular network.I believe when the time comes for the MD11 to retire from the Finnair fleet which won't happen in this decade,they will go Airbus almost for sure..
Pyh From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 146 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1747 times:
Kaitak, I think you are right. I think this is just a short term plan. Finnair's flights to Far East are doing well and they just needed an additional aircraft. And they have said that already in spring. Perhaps they will tell it officially on 22 August when they publish their Interim Report Q2.
TransSwede From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 993 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1674 times:
Long-term I would think the A330-200 would be the best aircraft for Finnair, since it is a mid-size carrier. It has range enough to do HEL-SIN non-stop, which probably would be the longest route Finnair would contemplate flying in the future.
BTW, will Kuala Lumpur be server by a stop over in BKK, like HKG and SIN is?