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Happy 90th Birthday Finnair!

Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:28 pm

Hello all,

Today marks the 90th birthday of the Finnish flag carrier Finnair. It was on the 1st of November 1923 that the decision to commence flight operations for the newly established airline was made. First ever flight was made on the 20th of March, 1924 to Tallin, Estonia on Junkers F13 aircraft. Those days the airline was called Aero OY, from which originates the still-in-use IATA flight code AY for Finnair. Today Finnair is the fifth-oldest airline in operation.

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Please share here your experience you might have with Finnair over the years!

And last, HAPPY BIRTHDAY FINNAIR, the blue/white wings of the skies!  

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RE: Happy 90th Birthday Finnair!

Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:17 pm

My first flight in a jet -the Caravelle I A-as a kid over 50 years ago..
My flights in the DC-3 a few years later. Finnair flew from Ivalo(Finnish Lapland) to Kirkenes Norway. I remember they even had time for tax-free sales during that short hop!
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RE: Happy 90th Birthday Finnair!

Fri Nov 15, 2013 5:08 pm

Totally missed this thread, Congrats Finnair!   

Many good memories, my love to aviation started when little HELyes flew a domestic DC-9 hop all by himself. And more adventures followed: DC-8 charter HEL-YVR and DC-10 HEL-SEA, no return from that point ,)

The good old MD-11 carried me HEL-BKK-HKG and even HEL-STN (charter & training flight) once in 1991 when AY first got the a/c type.

I miss the Santa livery!

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Pictures from their free gallery:

OH-LRA Convair 340-40 Metropolitan, the inauguration flight to London in 1954:

Uniforms in 1969 when they opened their first long haul route (DC-8) to New York.

Finn Hostess (First Class) uniform 1969:

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