These flights are very special and one needs to know a little history of Finland to understand why such flights are mainly done. Most of the passengers on these flights are people who have immigrated to America long long time ago (or their parents or their grand parents etc.), and they come to visit their relatives and villages where their roots are. I think same phenomenon can be found in Sweden, reason why the flight is done via ARN
. It was fun to check in passengers on these flights. A guy between 90 and grave would come to the check in desk and speak Finglish to me. Bedroom would be petiroom and car kaara... And so cheerful! If you want to learn more about the phenomenon there is a short article about it on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_American.
As long as there is a demand for these special seasonal flights, Finnair will do them.
Same kind of flights have been done to Miami, which used to be very popular amongst the senior citizens of Finland some 15-20 years ago. Also SFO
was served seasonally due to high demand of American Finnish people wanting to travel between the two countries. The history has seen such flights (one off or a group of few flights operated during the demand period, usually Summer) to be done to many parts of Canada, too. These flights are not really targeted for business passengers, they are in deed operated with Finnair's B757s which is an aircraft type Finnair uses for charter flights. There is no Business class on these aircraft. One can, however buy a normal Y ticket for the flight. However the travel agent is adviced by Finnair to mention the fact that this is not a normal scheduled flight.
The America in other ways is not really that appealing for Finnair long haul operations, they are heavily focusing on the Asian flights. To connect from America to Central Europe through Helsinki.. Well there is some of this traffic, too, but a fact is Helsinki is too up North to be the most convenient choise. However, the new routes opened to India have been found by some Americans to connect from Finnair's JFK
flight on to a flight to India. Will this phenomenon be further studied by the company and will action be taken, remains to be seen.
With regards, okAY
[Edited 2007-08-30 00:11:58]