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What Do You Think Of Finnair?

Wed Jan 05, 2000 3:02 am

Hi all!!!

There has been questions of KLM and Sabena so I started a new topic of Finnair.
Please tell me, what do you think of the Finnish Airline, Finnair?

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RE: What Do You Think Of Finnair?

Wed Jan 05, 2000 3:32 am

My mother flew on AY last week to HEL from LGW (A319). She said they were very efficient and most importantly, ON-TIME (she was there for a UNEP meeting). I flew to HEL in Oct'99 from MAN, I think it was an MD-80 or something. Very good, I was upgraded to J-class at check-in   When are AY going to apply the new livery to the MD-11? Whilst there I also flew an AY ATR-72 to Tallinn (approx.30mins, across the gulf of Finland). Great airline, why no F-class?

Have you heard anything about Emirates flying to Helsinki via Moscow with a J/Y-class A330-200? They reported EK's interest in the region in a newspaper here in Dubai ("Gulf News"), about a year ago.

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RE: What Do You Think Of Finnair?

Wed Jan 05, 2000 3:57 am

I've never flown with them but my father told they are excellent !

I love it because it is Finnish like Mika Hakkinen the best racing driver in the world !
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To Tailscraper+Sabena

Wed Jan 05, 2000 4:41 am


Thank you for the letter ( : I think that for a while AY's MD-11s will not take the new livery. I have never seen an Emirates plane here in Helsinki I hope that some day I could see one here...
I don't know why Finnair hasn't the F-class. Finnair has a great new J-class on its MD-11s.

Thank you for your kind words!!!
!!!Go Hakkinen Go!!!

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RE: What Do You Think Of Finnair?

Wed Jan 05, 2000 4:47 am

Finnair is one of the last all-Douglas holdouts in Europe and as such they have a special place in my heart and my vote. It pains me to see the old girls being replaced by either Boeing or Airbus a/c, including the 319.

Servicewise, they are a top notch outfit. Don't have the profile of the other European carriers because of their smaller route system but they are right up there.

Emirates to Moscow!??! I don't think it will materialize...nowhere near enough traffic for the route for the same reasons Arab investors have shied away from the Russian economy. The closest they will get is Baku which is served twice weekly if I'm not mistaken.
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RE: What Do You Think Of Finnair?

Wed Jan 05, 2000 6:11 am

Finnair flies 757 to Dubai, though, if that helps. Those are all-leisure flights of course.

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RE: What Do You Think Of Finnair?

Wed Jan 05, 2000 6:39 am

Yes, that was a question I kept asking to ramp personnel at DXB: What is that Finnair 757 doing here? I know!
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RE: What Do You Think Of Finnair?

Wed Jan 05, 2000 6:56 am

Well, for those of you who don't already know I'm a great Finnair supporter   My nickname is the registration of the first MD-11 every delivered to a customer airline (Finnair by the way)

I have flown on Finnair almost exclusively and would have to say I am impressed with their service and professional manner. It is sad the MD80's are leaving, those had such nice seat room, but modernization carries on. A pleasant surprise I had when flying with Finnair back home to San Francisco was the flight left about 30 min. late, but to my surprise arrived in San Francisco an hour and a half early (an hour AHEAD of schedule) so needless to say I was impressed.

But my overall rating is definately an A+, don't need a first class on Finnair, J-class is as good, if not better, than F-class.

Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
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RE: What Do You Think Of Finnair?

Wed Jan 05, 2000 10:19 am

Hei, terve! I have had the pleasure of travelling both internationally and domestically with Finnair. The carrier provides a consistently good service.
Being an Aussie one couldn't get much further away from Finland geographically however I have found an amazing affinity with the Finnish people.
As an employee of the Australian flag carrier I was of course delighted when Finnair joined 'oneworld'.
By the way FinnairMD-11 the aero museum at Vantaa Airport is fantastic. I've spent two days there on successive visits to Helsinki. No doubt you'e very familiar with it too. Nakemin,
Michael (Brisbane, AUSTRALIA)
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To All! : )

Wed Jan 05, 2000 8:05 pm


Thank you for the nice words. It's good to hear that our little Finnair is very good airline, indeed!!

In Finland we say:
Näkemiin!! (Bye Bye)

Best wishes from snowy Helsinki, Finland

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RE: Emirates To MOW

Wed Jan 05, 2000 8:54 pm

Hi to all!

unfortunately i can't comment on Finnair! i never flew with them.

I noticed the message concerning EK's possible ops. to MOW.
It sounds a bit strange to me! in fact there is a huge potential from the former USSR states to the UAE in general and DXB in particular but most of the traffic is charter and involves very low yield passengers which EK can't really be interested in (no offense, just talking economics). In 1998 there were some 140 charter flights weekly (mainly TU154) to DXB. I would rather see a point in operating to ALA for instance (Oil Business).

Attn. HZ-AKF i really admire your huge knowledge about Emirates. Yes, you are very right, they fly twice weekly to BAK with 313 via THR! bravo!
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I Have Flown Finnair

Wed Jan 05, 2000 9:17 pm


I have flown Finnair from Copenhagen to Helsinki, DC-9-50, and on the return flight, MD-80.

I have also flown OY from Helsinki to Bangkok on a DC-10-30.

I was OK, although the DC-10-30 was a bit crowded. I think it was the only plane with 345 seats.

Regarding F1, I look forward to se Häkkinen again in 2000.


A Couple Of Facts!

Thu Jan 06, 2000 6:14 am

Hello all!

I believe my nick tells you my opinion of Finnair!!  

Honestly, I can't be objective when I rate Finnair, because I live in Finland, but I have flown a lot with them and it's absolutely a GREAT airline! It's very sad that the DC-9's and MD-80's will soon be history, even A320-series is great too. All Finnair planes are always very clean, the cabins look like very new and their flight crew & mechanics etc. are VERY professional. And of course the first thing which comes to my mind is safety. I believe there isn't a airliner that could better take care of their planes and safety than Finnair.

What comes to the on-time record, Finnair was the 3rd as a punctiuous airline in Europe last year and at this year their aim is to be the first! Their home base, The Helsinki-Vantaa airport, was chosen as the best airport in the world!!! Also Finnair was given the award for the best wines for the second time in the world. This award was given to the manager of catering, Mr. Kari Palomäki from Finnair, who has chosen these wines for the business class. The service in business class was ranked to be among the 10 best in Europe last year! Quite impressive for a small airline and a small country!!! What do you say about that?  

Best regards
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RE: What Do You Think Of Finnair?

Thu Jan 06, 2000 9:11 am

For those of you interested, I have planned to start up a Finnairwatch Forum, which will be my second web forum.

The objective is, of course, to monitor Finnair in the new alliance context. It would become a source of information, unpublished news and rumours about AY as well as their competitors.

I am also interested in developing a small-scale web-based holding company, where people worldwide could put their nickel in and own their own a slice of Finnair -- or any of their competitors' shares, depending on how well each of them are doing.

Those of you interested in this, please mail me with your comments and ideas !

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RE: What Do You Think Of Finnair?

Sun Jan 09, 2000 8:05 pm

I have flown Finnair once, and I was very pleased both by the service and the fact that the aircrafts were clean.

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