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Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Fri Nov 24, 2000 4:50 am


Finnair reported good results today and announced they intend to increase long-range capacity.

Are we ready for yet another A vs B war here? ..... oh, yes.
 
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Fri Nov 24, 2000 4:53 am

I thought they already ordered the A340?
 
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Fri Nov 24, 2000 5:46 am


No, they didn't. Their only widebody type is MD-11, of which they only have 3.

AFAIK they do plan to go "all-Airbus" in the single-aisles, but don't know how that relates to widebodies - it may or may not.

 
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Fri Nov 24, 2000 5:52 am

They may opt for the A330/A340 or the 767/777, which one ? I would think they will probably go for the Airbus.
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Fri Nov 24, 2000 5:58 am

Joni,

What happened to Finnair's fourth MD-11? Did they sell it, or are they just leasing it out?

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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Fri Nov 24, 2000 6:09 am

As far as I know, Finnair still uses four (4) MD-11's and they don't have any plans for them yet.

Finnair has always aimed to have only a couple of plane types from one manufacturer, which was Mcdonnell Douglas. Finnair used to have or still have the following planes:
DC-8
DC-9
DC-10
MD-11
MD-82
MD-83
MD-87

Now since MD doesn't exist any more and Finnair has already bought Airbuses (B757's are on lease for charters only), I see a logical move to buy A330/A340's next but who knows?

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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Fri Nov 24, 2000 8:00 am

They will go with what ever aircraft they like and which manufacturer gives them a better deal, simple as that...
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Fri Nov 24, 2000 8:17 am

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...  

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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Fri Nov 24, 2000 12:12 pm

Given that Finnair is going to an all-Airbus fleet, I won't be surprised that the airline will consider an A340 variant to replace the MD-11 they now fly. I really doubt that Finnair will want to buy the 777-200ER.

Will they want to buy the A340-300? Or will they consider getting somewhat more capacity and much longer range of the A340-500?
 
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Fri Nov 24, 2000 10:07 pm

All signs at the moment would point towards the A330/340 being their next widebody type. It could be a SAS sort of arrangement of a mixture of the two, although I wouldn't be surprised if they got the A330 only. The fleet expansion is due to happen in 2002.

In another forum, the possibility of leaving the MD-11s to cargo-only use was aired. In my opinion, this isn't far-fetced at all since cargo operations will be spearated into one of six subsidiaries that are to be established. That way, with four cargo MD-11s, Finnair Cargo would become a significant player in what is one of the company's key growth areas as we speak.

- Hagi

PS. Someone mentioned Finnair having already ordered the A340. This is almost true, sort of, if not exactly in the way that 'someone' meant. Back in late '80s when they were looking for a successor for the DC-10, A340 was the type of aircraft they had in mind. The negotiations had advanced well, but in the end the deal went off, when Airbus offered the machines with different (older type) engines than was initially agreed upon. Then, of course, the MD-11 was selected. The same thing had happened earlier, too: they chose the DC-9-10 over B737-200 - or was it DC-8 over B707 - after a similar pull on Boeing's part. Looks like they had a good relationship with (McDonnell) Douglas...
 
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Fri Nov 24, 2000 10:42 pm

Actually, there will not be six subsidiaries, but six different "Business Units". However, cargo will become a subsidiary under the name of Finnair Cargo Oy. The other new subsidiaries will be Finnair Catering Oy and I believe that Finnair Ground Handling will also be made into a subsidiary.

I´m pretty sure that any new acft would be Airbus. It will be really interesting to see what will happen.

By the way, AY does have 4 MD11.
 
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Sat Nov 25, 2000 2:42 am


Yes, as someone pointed out Finnair really does have 4 MD-11's, the 3 was just a typo on my part. A340-600 would be a really awesome machine for Finnair, I don't think they really need 345's range, rather a larger and more economical plane seems to fit the bill.

But then, this is just guessing. The downside in being an aviation weido is that all interesting deals are so slow to come... It takes years to see how A3xx, 777lr and new 340s fare!
 
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Sat Nov 25, 2000 2:59 am

Joni,

Actually, what AY needs is NOT more capacity, something that the A345/A346 would offer. After all, the A346 has the same pax/cargo capacity as the 747-200, and I don't think AY needs THAT big a plane.  

What they do want is a true replacement for the MD-11. That's why the A343 fills the bill better, especially if Airbus' plans to provide upgraded CFM56 engines becomes reality. After all, the A343 has at least the range of the later-production MD11's, and probably lower fuel burn, too. That way, AY can fly HEL-NRT, HEL-SIN and HEL-JFK easily.
 
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Sat Nov 25, 2000 4:09 am

I remember that a Scandinavian airline once selected Airbus over Boeing for widebodies and has stated that it was aiming for all-Airbus for widebodies and Boeing for single-aisle jets - which one was it?
 
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Sat Nov 25, 2000 5:55 am

Joni,
the long-range capacity increase probably means that the 4th MD-11, OH-LGD, might be transferred back from charter flying to scheduled long-range sectors.

Kai,
you probably have now read press release through more carefully. You may have noticed that one of the factors leading to this operation profit increase was axing several non-profitable routes including SFO, YYZ and KIX although YYZ was flown as charter last summer using 757's. So the capacity increase is probably aimed to far-east i.e. PEK, BKK and SIN where loadfactors are good especially in the business class. Sorry to disappoint you.

Hagi,
to my knowledge, there has been intensions to increase capacity in the schedueled traffic NOT fleet expansion.This is achieved by converting OH-LGD from charter to 2-class config. and use it in scheduelled operations.

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To Vikke

Sat Nov 25, 2000 10:30 pm

Yeah, I heard about converting LGD back to scheduled config, too, but I doubt that is the "significant" capacity boost we're talking about.

My guess is they'll go for smaller planes and increased frequencies in these highly profitable routes. That could even mean A330-200/A340-200...

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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Mon Nov 27, 2000 12:54 am

Hagi,
one question for you: in your opinion how big must the capacity boost be that you would consider it to be "significant" ?

If AY converts OH-LGD back to schedueled config, it would probably give about 20 -25 % more capacity depending the cabin lay-out.

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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Mon Nov 27, 2000 1:01 am

I bet they'll go A330.

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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Mon Nov 27, 2000 4:56 am

I hope they order the A340!
 
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Mon Nov 27, 2000 4:58 am

Hope that they'll put PTV's in Economy!
 
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Mon Nov 27, 2000 5:10 am

I have my doubts that AY will order the A330 series.

Two reasons: 1) the A330-200 has smaller capacity than the MD-11 and 2) the A330-330 has much less range than the MD-11.

That's why I think if AY replaces their MD-11 fleet they may either buy the A340-300E new or get them on ten-year lease from ILFC or GECAS (e.g., they may take the ex-SQ planes). Like I said, earlier, the A340-300E has the range to fly HEL-JFK, HEL-NRT and HEL-SIN non-stop year-round easily.
 
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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Mon Nov 27, 2000 7:17 am

Vikke,

I understand your point and agree that a 20-25% increase is much per se. But we are talking about a very small scale of only a handful of aircraft - therefore, it's not significant "in reality". Err... what I'm trying to say is that you can't make a big difference with just one extra aircraft.

And that's another point entirely, since admittedly, no hard data was published about new destinations, route frequencies etc (probably because no plans exist yet). So we can't really assume they'll do anything more than perhaps make HEL-BKK-SIN a daily flight and maybe have some backup reserve more easily at hand in case something breaks down on the other side of the globe... for which a fourth 2-class MD-11 would suffice.

But I have a hunch Finnair is more and more worried about the growing presence of SAS in the longhaul market and intend to do something about that.

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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Tue Nov 28, 2000 4:12 am

Hi,

In my opinion, for training, maintenance etc, the Airbus (330 or 340) is the right choice for Finnair as a next long haul plane. Or mixed the two above: 330s for leisure destinations, and 340s for the routes to US and the Far East.

By the way, MD-87 doesn't belong to Finnair's fleet anymore. The third and last one is going to be sold (or leased) in the near future.

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RE: Finnair To Shop For Long-range Planes?

Tue Nov 28, 2000 7:53 pm

I think Finnair would buy A345/346 too. Since Finnair wanna have some more capacity on its a/c, it's better to have either 345/346 or 772er/773er instead of just a330/343. MD-11 has pretty much the same pax capacity as A330/343, so if Finnair really wanna increase capacity, it has to acquire some a/c larger than a330/343. UNLESS, finnair is going to launch more frequent service w/ smaller a/c such as A332, or some size a/c such as A330/343.

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