|Quoting EI747SYDNEY (Thread starter):|
I have seen photos of a Finnair Ilyushin from back in September 2004.
|Quoting Pyh (Reply 3):|
Finnair has never bought any Russian aircraft. The former USSR tried to sell them in 70's, but Finnair refused to buy.
|Quoting LordHowe (Reply 9):|
The former Finnair CEO Gunnar Korhonen did his utmost to convince Finnish Government during the 1960s and 1970s, that Finnair does not need Soviet airplanes. He was the one fought his way to bringing the first McDonnell-Douglas'es to Finland and made Finnair a good client to them.
|Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 10):|
The IL-96 even makes Finnair's UGLY paintscheme look good.
|Quoting EI747SYDNEY (Reply 8):|
Why do people do that. I hope he aint a photographer on this site because his work is dubious to say the least.
|Quoting OV735 (Reply 11):|
I did not know that the Finnish Govt was leaning towards the Russian aircraft. Good work on Korhonen's part, then. I know the older locomotives of VR are Soviet-built (or at least were, when delivered; I've heard VR and Valmet basically rebuilt them to be more efficient), so it kind of makes sense.
|Quoting Eilennaei (Reply 13):|
I really don't think that anyone was serious with buying Russian planes. What source might LordHowe be reading?
|Quoting LordHowe (Reply 14):|
did not say that Finnair was buying Soviet planes - Soviet Union was trying to sell them to Finnair. Korhonen was the one who made it very clear even to Foreign Minister Molotov that these Jakovlevs, Iljushins and Tupolevs were not suitable for Finland and Finnair.
|Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 19):|
In my opinion, ugly is the A319 in Finnair colors