All I can say is YAY!!!!
According to Finnair's press release their operating profit tripled!!! This is great news... also great news that they plan to increase capacity across the board, especially in the long-haul sector. So they are not going away from long-haul ops, this is wonderful!!! Maybe they can return to San Francisco
As for choice of long-haul planes, I see Finnair ordering Airbus long-haul jets. Finnair has consistently had a fleet composed of one manufacturer, is the past it was McDonnell Douglas but now seems to be Airbus Industrie. Hopefully they go through with my idea (
) to start long-haul service to Sydney with the A340-500, that would be another first in the airline industry, the first European airline to operate scheduled non-stop service from Europe to Australia. That would be a nice addition to it's other accomplishments, including the first non-stop flight from Europe over the North Pole to Japan, and the first Western European airline to fly to China.
Yay yay yay...
Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.