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HEL-HKG On Finnair *just Some Facts And Pics*  
User currently offlineFlanders From Belgium, joined Oct 2008, 116 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 13416 times:

HEL-HKG on Finnair

This is the second part of my BRU-HEL-HKG trip on AY. You can read about the BRU-HEL flight here:
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/143726/

Because I was very tired and sleepy, I didn't write down so much about this flight. However, I can provide you some quick facts and pictures. So maybe this is still useful to some of you!

Flight

Airline: Finnair (AY)
Aircraft: Airbus A340-300
Flight: AY 067
Registration: unknown
Route: HEL-HKG
Seat: 26A (economy / window seat)
Date: january 30, 2009.
Departure time: 04.20 pm (actual: 04.29)
Departure gate: 31
Arrival time: 07.59 am (actual 08.05)
Arrival gate: unknown
LF: 85-90% in Y


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Some facts:

* seating: 2 - 4 - 2
* Large IFE screens with a great amount of movies to watch! Very modern looking system. I watched The Simpsons, Family Guy and Planet of the Apes (movie)
* It's true what people say about the A340-300: It's a slow climber (didn't time it though, but you can just experience this when taking off)
* Another fact: it's also a very silent aircraft!
* Dinner: chicken with rice and curry sauce. Just an average meal. I was not hungry anymore but still had some free space  Smile
* We had (noisy) babies on board Sad
* We left Russian airspace and entered Mongolia above the city of Ulaangom. Altitude 11125m, temperature: -67 degrees Celsius, speed 863 km/h, tailwind 107 km/h.
* Breakfast was served while flying above Chengdu, China: spinach recotta crepe (very good!), some cake, thea. This meal was (imho) rather small.
* Smooth landing in HKG at runway 7L
* Immigration officers checked passports as soon as we got off the flight. (that's new to me)

Some pictures:

http://www.croket.be/tmp/30012009AYHELHKGapron.jpg

http://www.croket.be/tmp/30012009AYHELHKGcabin.jpg

http://www.croket.be/tmp/30012009AYHELHKGifewelcome.jpg

http://www.croket.be/tmp/30012009AYHELHKGifemap.jpg

http://www.croket.be/tmp/30012009HELHKGmap2.jpg

Conclusion:

Although a tad too small, I enjoyed the meals.The IFE is excellent!. This was my first time on Finnair and I can definitely recommend it to others. I had never been to HEL before and this was only my second flight on the A340. So that makes it a bit special as well.
However, I think I still prefer Air New Zealand or British Airways over Finnair when traveling to HKG. But then there's bloody LHR again...  Smile

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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 13346 times:

LHR BA to BA is much better now that BA is in Terminal 5. Only thing I do not like is the 31" legroom and the low mileage credit on discounted tickets.

User currently offlineFlanders From Belgium, joined Oct 2008, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 13269 times:



Quoting Semsem (Reply 1):
LHR BA to BA is much better now that BA is in Terminal 5. Only thing I do not like is the 31" legroom and the low mileage credit on discounted tickets.

Yeah, I guess you are right! Flew BA on HKG-LHR-BRU a week ago and didn't experience any troubles then. Arriving and departing from Terminal 5 is very convenient. But I guess you still have to change terminals when you have to connect between NZ and BD?


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 12599 times:

Thanks for the Trip Facts! ,)

Quoting Flanders (Thread starter):
* Large IFE screens with a great amount of movies to watch! Very modern looking system

I like their new AVOD too, nice large touch screen. And it's cool to be able to send text messages.

I flew HEL-HKG on AY last October, it was a good experience. The meals were nothing special though and a couple of drunk Russians pax were annoying, but the crew handled them well.
The nice Finnish-Chinese crew kept us well hydrated.


User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 12559 times:

Decent report.

Sorry to say the IFE (Panasonic ex2) is a complete joke in AY config - it can take 200ish movies and AY has about 20. Just CHEAP. Ridiculous. I'm sick to see this joke on HEL-ICN always.



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 12430 times:



Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 4):
it can take 200ish movies and AY has about 20. Just CHEAP.

Well I'm fine with 20 movies, flying AY long hauls 1-2 times per year. I just wish they had more music choices, but AY not alone here, noticed the same on BA 747 when flying LHR-HKG.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8541 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 12324 times:
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Short but sweet, seems like a decent flight with AY.

Quoting Flanders (Thread starter):
Another fact: it's also a very silent aircraft!

- Yes, one of the many nice things about this bird  Smile

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineELAL772 From Israel, joined Jun 2008, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 12142 times:

The Finnair A340 cabin looks nice, relaxing and comfortable.
Were you disappointed you didn't get to fly on the MD-11?

"Tervetuloa Lennolle": What other European Language is similar to Finnish?
Looks pretty confusing  Wow!


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 11921 times:



Quoting ELAL772 (Reply 7):
"Tervetuloa Lennolle": What other European Language is similar to Finnish?
Looks pretty confusing Wow!

Yes Finnish may look a kinky language  Wink And for an example, the grammar doesn't separate sexes, has 15 cases and other oddities... Finnish belong to the same small family of languages with Estonian and Hungarian.
The second language on the screen is Swedish, the second official in Finland.


User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11687 times:

Short but nice TR

Seems you had a decent flight with AY.

You flew on OH-LQE to HKG

Quoting Flanders (Thread starter):
speed 863 km/h, tailwind 107 km/h.

Only 863km/h with a tailwind of 107km/h?!


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 11455 times:



Quoting B747forever (Reply 9):
You flew on OH-LQE to HKG

OH-LQE is the A343 with oneworld scheme.


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User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 11165 times:

I know what you mean about the small meals. The Finns are like the Japanese, the food is small but good quality. and there's normally plenty of booze.

Nice simple trip report. Thanks.


User currently offlineFlanders From Belgium, joined Oct 2008, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 10822 times:



Quoting ELAL772 (Reply 7):
Were you disappointed you didn't get to fly on the MD-11?

Well, HEL-BKK (which is served by the MD-11) would have cost me as much as HEL-HKG on AY and HKG-BKK on UL together. So I chose the second option. The MD-11 is still on my to-do list of course. I wonder if the interior and the IFE is as modern as in the A340?

Quoting B747forever (Reply 9):
You flew on OH-LQE to HKG

Thanks! Sometimes it's difficult to catch the registration!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 9):
Only 863km/h with a tailwind of 107km/h?!

I guess 863 km/h is ground speed and that should be pretty close to the economical cruise speed.


User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 10506 times:

Howdy doodely-doo, Flanders.

Your report was short but nice though.

Quoting Flanders (Thread starter):
* We had (noisy) babies on board

Always happens! Big grin

Nice F/A sunny glasses.:D

Regards,
Fatmir



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 10497 times:



Quoting Flanders (Reply 12):
The MD-11 is still on my to-do list of course. I wonder if the interior and the IFE is as modern as in the A340?

AY's MD-11s have old cabins, no personal IFE.
They are being replaced by A333, the HEL-JFK route will be the first to get A333 in coming April and HEL-BKK (2x daily in winter) the last early next year.


User currently offlineFlanders From Belgium, joined Oct 2008, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10206 times:



Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 13):
Howdy doodely-doo, Flanders.



Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 13):
Nice F/A sunny glasses.:D

lmao!  biggrin 


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