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Finnair launches Doha, Qatar from 3 cities

Sat Nov 05, 2022 10:17 am

Finnar has started its strategic route to Doha from 3 cities:

Copenhagen
Stockholm

and very soon Helsinki

all using its latest refurbished A330-300. There will be cost sharing with QR for both pax and cargo. All three FINNAIR planes will be at DOH simultaneously!

Good to see Finnair expanding and recovering from its avoidance of Russian airspace, and I think its a win-win situation with QR since it has grounded many A350 and desparely needs to expand with wide bodies. Also, timing is perfect just weeks before the best World Cup 2022 about to start!

https://simpleflying.com/finnair-launch ... ha-routes/
 
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Re: Finnair launches Doha, Qatar from 3 cities

Sat Nov 05, 2022 1:31 pm

AY and QR service are very different. This shall be interesting
 
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Re: Finnair launches Doha, Qatar from 3 cities

Sat Nov 05, 2022 2:39 pm

toobz wrote:
AY and QR service are very different. This shall be interesting


More interesting was the routing on Friday which took AY1985 directly over Israel east bound!

Especially as Qatar remains seriously aligned and embedded to the Tehran axis of influence when it comes to relations with Israel
 
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Re: Finnair launches Doha, Qatar from 3 cities

Sat Nov 05, 2022 3:34 pm

So Qr will stop flying to HEL ARN CPH?
 
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Re: Finnair launches Doha, Qatar from 3 cities

Sat Nov 05, 2022 4:32 pm

Wasn’t there a fourth city mentioned by AY at a press conference back then, from which AY will also serve DOH ? IIRC they didn’t unveil this particular city yet … so any guesses ? OSL maybe ?
 
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Re: Finnair launches Doha, Qatar from 3 cities

Sat Nov 05, 2022 4:35 pm

I was near gate C37 in CPH waiting for another flight, while the launch of Finnair from CPH to DOH took place. I didn't mind the crowd, I didn't mind the noise, I didn't mind the publicity photographer..... what I really did mind was that the very evident cake was not offered around to anybody who did not work at CPH airport !
 
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Re: Finnair launches Doha, Qatar from 3 cities

Sat Nov 05, 2022 5:09 pm

Kikko19 wrote:
So Qr will stop flying to HEL ARN CPH?

The afternoon departure seems to be handed over to AY, but the morning departure is still flown by QR from ARN and CPH.
 
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Re: Finnair launches Doha, Qatar from 3 cities

Sat Nov 05, 2022 9:13 pm

Is it because QR has lack of aircrafts due to the a350 "affair"?
 
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Re: Finnair launches Doha, Qatar from 3 cities

Sat Nov 05, 2022 9:16 pm

Kikko19 wrote:
Is it because QR has lack of aircrafts due to the a350 "affair"?


Its part of a wider strategic between both carriers

https://simpleflying.com/finnair-new-do ... rtnership/
 
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Re: Finnair launches Doha, Qatar from 3 cities

Sat Nov 05, 2022 11:49 pm

Kikko19 wrote:
Is it because QR has lack of aircrafts due to the a350 "affair"?


more driven due to Russian air space closure where Finnair loses that traffic flow advantage .
 
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Re: Finnair launches Doha, Qatar from 3 cities

Sun Nov 06, 2022 2:04 am

Can’t say I’m a huge fan of QR, AAB and some of their business practices and strategies.

However I will say huge credit AY they seem very nimble and agile and creative, always looking for unique opportunities such as this to respond to a crisis, diversify their revenue and add some resilience in.
 
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Re: Finnair launches Doha, Qatar from 3 cities

Sun Nov 06, 2022 3:40 am

smi0006 wrote:
I will say huge credit AY they seem very nimble and agile and creative, always looking for unique opportunities such as this to respond to a crisis, diversify their revenue and add some resilience in.


True they have always been agile and creative, like the wet lease deal (A350) they have with Eurowings Discover (Lufthansa). Started in S22 with three A350s, this winter Finnair will fly FRA-MCO/PHL for their old rival.

https://www.aeroroutes.com/eng/221009-ewnw22us

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