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by EFHK
Fri Oct 02, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

Why would it be fantastic? I would personally prefer to see AY/Norra winning the bid for KEM, KOK, KAJ, JYV, JOE for at least two reasons: 1. The airline would be familiar with operating into those airports and Finnish winter conditions, 2. Connectivity to the AY network and FF program would be gua...

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by EFHK
Fri Oct 02, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

Estonian carrier XFly is interested in low yield domestic routes in Finland and small airports toARN and plans to hire crew at TMP and TKU. Link in Finnish: https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-11564481 It would fantastic if they stated domestic flights in Finland and co-operation with AY would be nice. Why wo...

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by EFHK
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: FI signs new FA contract (after stating will fire all FA and replace with pilots)
Replies: 148
Views: 26522

Re: FI Fires ALL FAs, Replaced By Pilots.

I think "fire" is a pretty strong word perhaps "laid-off" is a better likeness to what is happening here. https://www.paddleyourownkanoo.com/2020/07/17/icelandair-sacks-all-of-its-flight-attendants-and-replaces-them-with-pilots/ Fair use excerpt: "Icelandair suggested cabin...

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by EFHK
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: FI signs new FA contract (after stating will fire all FA and replace with pilots)
Replies: 148
Views: 26522

Re: FI Fires ALL FAs, Replaced By Pilots.

People really need to consider the full picture of the current situation here. Currently FI is operating less than 10 departures per day from KEF - a fraction of the pre-COVID numbers. FI's bread and butter is TATL travel, which is going to be basically non-existant for the foreseeable future. The ...

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by EFHK
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

Would the Finnish Govt really start exerting overt political interference in telling Finnair where to fly ? Interference? No. Expressing opinions and trying to create pressure for serving as extensive domestic network as feasible? Definitely, and smartly so. There's this urban legend of some AY dom...

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by EFHK
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: FI signs new FA contract (after stating will fire all FA and replace with pilots)
Replies: 148
Views: 26522

Re: FI Fires ALL FAs, Replaced By Pilots.

People really need to consider the full picture of the current situation here. Currently FI is operating less than 10 departures per day from KEF - a fraction of the pre-COVID numbers. FI's bread and butter is TATL travel, which is going to be basically non-existant for the foreseeable future. The o...

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by EFHK
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

https://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/domestic/17681-finnair-to-ramp-up-domestic-flights-in-july-decision-on-four-destinations-due-later.html Finnair used to fly domestic routes from Helsinki to Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kemi and Kokkola. The new article mentioned that due to low demand, ther...

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by EFHK
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

I doubt that the bankruptcy of these two parts of Cityjet affect their operation for SK at all. Only thing that's going to happen is that the same aircraft will be crewed from countries with cheaper labor contracts. Same thing for the DY bankruptcies (for now). If they end up restarting flights in S...

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by EFHK
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

Wideroe and SAS have a strong commercial relationship - one does the short distance flying between small towns and the major airports, the other carries people between major airports and to cities outside Norway. Break this relationship, and you break much of the connectivity that exists in the Nor...

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by EFHK
Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

On the other hand that would be healthy considering BRA survived a couple of weeks and Norwegian has mostly expanded by building up huge debts. Not healthy for any industry. If both BRA and Norwegian go definitively under, I can still see a couple of strong opportunities opening up: namely, domesti...

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by EFHK
Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

HEL February 2020 statistics Domestic: 285,835 (-2.3%) International: 1,213,490 (-2.0%) Total: 1,499,325 (-2.1%) YTD Total: 3,105,618 (+0.4%) For the first time after months of continuous growth, HEL saw fewer passengers in a month compared to the previous year. Not surprising and March will surely...

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by EFHK
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Helvetic Airways is enthusiastic by the efficiency of the E190-E2
Replies: 22
Views: 3090

Re: Helvetic Airways is enthusiastic by the efficiency of the E190-E2

If Helvetic Airways is so happy with the "smooth entry" into service, why are Widerøe's E2s (LN-WEA, -WEB, -WEC) still facing major delays on a weekly (at times almost daily) basis? Not trying to bash the aircraft, just being genuinely curious about the reasons behind the constant frustrat...

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by EFHK
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transavia 737 Takes Off With Gear Pin In
Replies: 35
Views: 8797

Re: Transavia 737 Takes Off With Gear Pin In

I’m guessing they used Differential thrust and differential braking to get out of Ivalo. Ivalo doesn’t have a parallel taxiway so they would be making 2-3 tight turns Before takeoff. If it was icy the pilots may have thought they were just dealing with slippery conditions and not realize that they ...

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by EFHK
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transavia 737 Takes Off With Gear Pin In
Replies: 35
Views: 8797

Re: Transavia 737 Takes Off With Gear Pin In

Except they would have never made it to the runway. You have no nose wheel steering with the bypass pin installed - no way they 'slid' all the way to the runway using differential power. No way. I keep coming back to this, if it was the bypass pin, how did they ever get to the runway for take off? ...

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by EFHK
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: State run airline's loss versus its positive impact on local economy
Replies: 47
Views: 5245

Re: State run airline's loss versus its positive impact on local economy

I think we need to make a distinction between "state run" and "state owned". There are "state run" airlines that are total basket cases with endless losses, and then there are "state owned" airlines that don't actually have government interference pretty much ...

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by EFHK
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

It's also worth mentioning that O&D traffic to LAX has nearly doubled since 2017 (24,450). That's an obvious result of the new nonstop flight having opened up. Once you get these big marketing campaigns advertising return flights for under 500€, demand will naturally be picking up. Remember, ju...

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by EFHK
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Georgian heading towards bankruptcy protection in Canada
Replies: 61
Views: 7755

Re: Air Georgian heading towards bankruptcy protection in Canada

The only way for them to survive is to do cross border service from the USA to Toronto relying on O& D traffic using their 1900 D If that's the best plan they should go right into liquidation. There is no money to be made on transborder, non-interline traffic with a B1900 fleet. Every U.S. majo...

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by EFHK
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

AY has crew bases both in MAD and BCN. At the same time though I wonder what is behind this deal. It's hard for me to see any other reason than optimizing fleet utilization, and freeing up planes for added flights in a situation where no new narrow-bodies are incoming. MAD and BCN are actually very...

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by EFHK
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

IB will take over flying for Finnair on the BCN route in addition to the current MAD starting with the summer season, which frees up one AC for other routes, such as the additional CDG.

Source is lentoposti.fi.

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by EFHK
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

The scheduled flight time HEL-BOO is 2h 35min, that's a long time on ATR-72, I haven't tried the new seats myself yet though. Probably their longest ATR flight ever? I find the new seats better compared to the old ones especially regarding the legroom. The tray table is of mini size now though, but...

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by EFHK
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation 2020

- 70% chance of AY's narrowbody order containing 20 A220s and 20 A32Xneos, 30% chance of being MAX & E2 (the fact that it hasn't been announced yet could suggest that they've gotten a good price from Boeing but wait for the dust to settle around MAX before announcing it) Well Finnair did have a...

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by EFHK
Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation 2020

It's a new decade, which means new things to come in Nordic aviation. Particularly based on Finnair's recent strategy change, I forecast the following things to happen at HEL during the given time period: Pre-2025 - Flights added to 5:00-10:00, 11:00-14:00 and 19:00-01:00 banks - Growth in China: d...

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by EFHK
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 913
Views: 149112

Re: Nordic Aviation 2020

Finnair increases Helsinki–Rome Fiumicino service from 14 to 23 weekly in S20. AY1763 HEL 16:20 – 18:45 FCO 321 (Daily) AY1764 FCO 19:45 – 00:05+1 HEL 321 (Daily) AY1765 HEL 08:40 – 11:00 FCO 319 (Wed, Fri) AY1766 FCO 11:55 – 16:55 HEL 319 (Wed, Fri) AY immediately started to add new flights to fee...

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by EFHK
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest ranks last in safety amongst US carriers
Replies: 24
Views: 3561

Re: Southwest ranks last in safety amongst US carriers

As long as we're not having multiple crashes per year, these "safety rankings" mean absolutely nothing. All the major airlines in the US (and most other parts of the world) are extremely safe. This could not be further from the truth. Lack of crashes does not mean safe. Think of a flight ...

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by EFHK
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest ranks last in safety amongst US carriers
Replies: 24
Views: 3561

Re: Southwest ranks last in safety amongst US carriers

As long as we're not having multiple crashes per year, these "safety rankings" mean absolutely nothing.

All the major airlines in the US (and most other parts of the world) are extremely safe.

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by EFHK
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delays on DL BOM-JFK
Replies: 21
Views: 5629

Re: Delays on DL BOM-JFK

Like already mentioned, FR24 intl flight scheduled arrival times into the US are often erroneous once the plane is in the air. Don't know the reason for that, but I always use the future flights to determine which one is the actual scheduled arrival time. In this case it seems to be 6:25, and it loo...

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by EFHK
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines "Proudly All Boeing" slogan near cockpit windows
Replies: 80
Views: 11017

Re: Alaska Airlines "Proudly All Boeing" slogan near cockpit widows.

To be fair, based on the safety statistics of 2019, that slogan near the "cockpit widows" is actually quite relevant.

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by EFHK
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MS804 fire - any lessons learnt?
Replies: 8
Views: 2896

Re: MS804 fire - any lessons learnt?

There's still no lessons learnt, as it has not still been unanimously determined, what actually happened. Some are saying it was an inflight fire, some that it was explosives. I'm not taking a stance on that, but generally find The Aviation Herald a reliable source on these kinds of events. http://a...

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by EFHK
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

Current (winter) schedules are AY1423 HEL 07:50 - 08:55 HAM (mon-fri) or HEL 08:30 - 09:35 HAM (sat-sun) AY1425 HEL 17:25 - 18:30 HAM AY1424 HAM 12:20 - 15:15 HEL AY1426 HAM 19:10 - 22:05 HEL and future summer schedule AY1421 HEL 07:10 - 08:10 HAM AY1423 HEL 11:10 - 12:10 HAM AY1425 HEL 17:30 - 18:...

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by EFHK
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

Isn’t this to feed the main Asia wave? Surprised it wasn’t already operating Arrival time at HEL is indeed perfect for the connection flights to Asia. Now that you said that, I'm also surprised that AY didn't already operate this flight. Current (winter) schedules are AY1423 HEL 07:50 - 08:55 HAM (...

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by EFHK
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

AY will cancel 276 flights today (some were canceled last night already) because of a support strike for postal workers who have been on a strike for the past two weeks. That must be all their flights? How many flights do they operate daily? 276 seems already quite high. They operate around 370 dai...

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by EFHK
Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

QuawerAir wrote:
Btw, if I recall correctly, JFK also departed at midnight when AY flew there 10x weekly in 2009.


JFK AY007 was a 5:10pm departure to connect with the afternoon Asian bank.

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by EFHK
Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 777 in Amarillo, TX
Replies: 55
Views: 13668

Re: KL 777 in Amarillo, TX

There are more than 100,000 commercial flights daily in the world, and that's not even counting private, business, military etc. Outcrying over some painting flights to Amarillo from wherever is a prime example of climate hysteria at its absurdest.

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by EFHK
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

EFHK wrote:

Then again, I'm not so sure about Airbus getting the widebody order.


Sorry, obviously meant the narrowbody order.

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by EFHK
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

So nothing beyond extrapolation of current trend? Not even a minor update of strategy, except marketing of greener flying. The development of new banks might be interesting, though, if they are full two-directional banks, not just one-directional midnight and morning banks. Yeah, I must say I was a...

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by EFHK
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

You're right. I didn't take that into consideration :lol: Hence, unless I'm wrong, AY has an A330 available for 4 flights per week and A350 for 4 as well. There is still room for some expansion. Let's see what AY will do ;) Yes there's that little bit of room for expansion. And even if the new rout...

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by EFHK
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

SAS is closing Stockholm-Örnsköldsvik from Feb 1., however Sveaflyg will take over the route with up to 5 daily Saab 2000 flight In Swedish https://www.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/vasternorrland/sas-slutar-flyga-till-ornskoldsvik https://www.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/vasternorrland/sveaflyg-startar-flygninga...

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by EFHK
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

I calculated the numbers based on last summer's traffic and already mentioned service changes for S20: - Finnair will receive 2 new A350 in 1H2020. So, AY should be able to add 14 (-ish) weekly flights (one new long-haul a/c = +7 weekly flights) to its long-haul network. - Of these available 14 wee...

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by EFHK
Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

Unsure is whether AY will order A220s or A321LR/XLR. In the article they were hinting at possible strategy changes which could be communicated at this November. Perhaps smaller Asian destinations with the XLR? I do not think that operative decisions count as strategy changes. Strategy change may re...

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by EFHK
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

Unsure is whether AY will order A220s or A321LR/XLR. the article they were hinting at possible strategy changes which could be communicated at this November. Perhaps smaller Asian destinations with the XLR? Yes, this seemingly small hint was to me the major takeaway from this article. Can't really ...

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by EFHK
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA’s Communication Problem
Replies: 13
Views: 6564

Re: AA’s Communication Problem

Who even cares, or needs a reason for delays less than 20 minutes?

It's aviation. Delays less than 30 minutes are non-events, unless you have a connecting flight to catch.

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by EFHK
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

Finnish employees don't mind this outsourcing tactic? They do mind, or at least they claim they do (just because they should). The thing is, AY is constantly hiring cabin crew in Finland, and it's not like anyone would be losing their job for it (at least not right now). It is probable that the loo...

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by EFHK
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

This is definitely very interesting! I hope these routes will be successful! I love the experience of going through BMA compared to ARN from Stockholm City. However, usually when you see a financially troubled airline going for a growth spree....it has rarely been a good sign. I hope that situation...

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by EFHK
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

AY's development in Asia is very worrying. Maybe they don't have enough feeding capacity or they have added too much capacity to Asia. Or both together. Any specific reason why you find it very worrying? I agree that the decrease in load factor is not a good sign, but traffic still increased +3,8% ...

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by EFHK
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

It's a bloody nightmare - I travel from Brussels to Helsinki quite a lot for work and usually have to travel with KL via AMS, LHR via FRA/MUC or SK via OSL/CPH/ARN. I can't believe that AY get away with charging so much on that route - it is often up towards €1,000 return. Isn't AY codesharing with...

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by EFHK
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

Sorry if this has been discussed earlier, but does anyone know the reason why there is no competition on the HEL-BRU route. Finnair has had monopoly on the route for years and prices are very high compared to other similar routes. Now that Finland is chairing EU, European Commission issued an offic...

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by EFHK
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

Those are some major cuts. Anyone know what will happen with extra capacity? I know they are also launching some new routes but I don't think it will be enough. Will they be parking some planes? Frankly, with DY's financial figures from last winter, I think parking the planes will be the financiall...

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by EFHK
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 269928

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

Finnair is now recruiting more Japanese-speaking cabin attendants. Yes, this time based in HEL and to work on short and long haul flights both. This shows Japan sure is Finnair's key market, still. They have had Japan based cabin crew members since the 1980s. Finnair changed their language requirem...

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by EFHK
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Japan allocates Haneda international slots to 9 nations
Replies: 398
Views: 93948

Re: Japan allocates additional Haneda international slots to ANA & JAL

Now that we're talking about the Russian overflight rights, could we see some expansion to North America given that AY cannot add many flights to Asia? They receive one A350 in the 1H2020 which will be used 3 weekly to Busan. Thus, it could be used on another route for 3-4 weekly operations. I've a...

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by EFHK
Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Japan allocates Haneda international slots to 9 nations
Replies: 398
Views: 93948

Re: Japan allocates additional Haneda international slots to ANA & JAL

I guess countries like New Zealand, Switzerland missed out again. The ANA-JAL split seems pretty good. Suppose we will see JAL transfer its Helsinki service to HND. Wonder where in Italy ANA will go - MXP or FCO? They currently codeshare with AZ to both The India 0.5 for each far from ideal. Where ...

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