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Old October 23rd, 2011, 02:00 PM   #21
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Old October 25th, 2011, 08:30 PM   #22
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Old November 11th, 2011, 12:48 PM   #23
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Finnair Seeks Mergers, Asian Partner for Hub

Finnair Oyj (FIA1S), building Helsinki into a hub offering the shortest flights from Europe to northeast Asia, said it’s seeking a partner with which to operate the services while pursuing local takeovers to boost Nordic traffic.
Finnair is keen on an Asian accord with antitrust immunity that would permit joint sales and revenue sharing, similar to ventures between European and U.S. carriers across the Atlantic, Chief Executive Officer Mika Vehvilaeinen said in an interview.

“We’d welcome further cooperation,” Vehvilaeinen said in London. “One of the best markets this year has been the North Atlantic, and I don’t think that’s entirely separate from the fact that they have a bit more control on capacity and demand.”

Finnair already operates 74 Asian flights a week and aims to double the number by 2020, exploiting Helsinki’s position on the quickest “Great Circle” routes to China, Japan and Korea. Vehvilaeinen said he’s also keen to consolidate short-haul operations closer to home, squeezing Nordic rival SAS Group by building on the July takeover of Finnish Commuter Airlines Oy.

Finnair has boosted sales to Asian corporate customers by 50 percent this year after doubling them in 2010, the CEO said. Passenger numbers rose 14 percent to 1.22 million in the first 10 months, seven times the total it flew across the Atlantic.

The carrier, which is almost 56 percent owned by the Finnish government, serves 11 cities in the Asia-Pacific region, including three in Japan and three in China, where it will add flights to Chongqing on the Yangtze River next May.

‘One Basket’
Revenue from Asian routes should double to about 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) by the decade’s end, according to Finnair’s strategy, which parallels that of Gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways in aiming to build an airport with a tiny home market into hub where long-distance travelers change planes.

While disruption from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami limited 10-month growth in Finnair’s Asian traffic to 16 percent as it increased capacity 26 percent, with the result that seat occupancy fell by 6.5 percentage points, Vehvilaeinen said he has no doubts about the model’s long-term logic. The Europe-Asia market is forecast to be the fastest growing in aviation in coming years, after intra-Asian flights, he said.

“If you have to have all your eggs in one basket I’d rather have them in that basket than any other,” he said. “Today our primary focus is the European business traveler going to Asia, but in the future it’s going to be on Asian business travelers coming to Europe, as well as huge numbers of Chinese tourists.”

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Deutsche Lufthansa AG and All Nippon Airways Co., already partners in the Star Alliance group of carriers, were first to be granted antitrust immunity for a joint venture between Japan and Europe, winning permission in June. ANA also began cooperation in April with United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) on flights across the Pacific, where the trend is more advanced.

The only northeast-Asian member of the Oneworld group which Finnair joined in 1999 is Japan Airlines Co. Among China’s three major carriers, Air China Ltd. (601111) is in Star, while China Southern Airlines Co. and China Eastern Airlines Corp. are in SkyTeam, led by Air France-KLM (AF) Group and Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) That could change depending on Chinese state policy, Vehvilaeinen said.

Korean Air Lines Co. is also a SkyTeam member, while Asiana Airlines Inc., the South Korean No. 2, is a Star recruit.

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Closer to home, Finnair is examining takeover opportunities to enlarge a local catchment area where rivals include discount carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle AS (NAS), as well as SAS and its Finland-based Blue1 unit, the CEO said. The initial purchase of Finnish Commuter in a joint venture with Flybe Group Plc (FLYB) is “working extremely well,” the executive said.

“We’d like to have a stronger hold on the Nordic market,” he said. “Finland on its own is an awfully small country of five million people. If you look at the Baltics and Scandinavia its about 30 million and that starts to be a different ballgame.”

Finnair’s load factor, a measure of seat occupancy, averaged only 53 percent on domestic flights during the first 10 months and 67 percent within Europe, compared with 76 percent for Asian traffic and 82 percent across the North Atlantic.

Vehvilaeinen said there are also strong arguments for mergers among major carriers, especially within Europe.
“If you look at how far it has gone in the U.S., and at the cost pressures and advantages of economies of scale and network, I don’t see any reason why European airlines wouldn’t go further,” he said in the interview on Nov. 9.
The CEO said he concurs with Willie Walsh, head of Oneworld ally International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, in viewing deals within the three main global groups as most likely. Walsh, who formed IAG from a merger of British Airways and Iberia in January, has said he has a list of 12 potential bid targets.

The Finnish government has always had a “quite pragmatic” view of takeovers, for example in divesting telecommunications assets, Vehvilaeinen said. State-owned phone company Sonera Oyj was bought by Sweden’s Telia AB to form TeliaSonera AB in 2002.

“The question is do we see Finnair as part of a larger entity down the road,” he said. “I wouldn’t rule that out. I do think that the industry has to consolidate further.”
To contact the reporters on this story: Steve Rothwell in London at [email protected];

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at [email protected]
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Old November 25th, 2011, 11:33 AM   #24
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IANS Nov 23, 2011, 02.28pm IST

NEW DELHI: Meat-free on Mondays, in-flight karaoke and airport speed-dating may seem unconventional in today's aviation business but these are some of the ideas given by air travellers to make Nordic carrier Finnair's trips more comfortable.

"We are inviting people to share their innovative ideas and encourage out-of-the-box thinking and active discussion," Finnair marketing innovations director Antti Nieminen said in a statement.

According to him, some of the ideas would be incorporated. "Our aim is to make air travel as convenient and pleasurable by actually changing things," he said. The joint initiative by Finnair and Helsinki Airport is open to all the travellers, who can submit their ideas on qualityhunters2.com until Nov 29.

"Helsinki Airport and Finnair will then narrow the list down to the most potential submissions and the winning idea will be chosen by public vote," the statement said.

The development is a part of the airlines' ongoing programme called the "quality hunter" season-two in which seven travellers are globe-trotting on the routes of the Nordic carrier for two months to give their impressions on its service quality and to find solutions for improved air travel.

The airline also announced that Dutch Arjan Tupan will be the eighth quality hunter. The 38-year-old resident of Latvia has been chosen from among 2,000 entries. "Tupan will join the original seven quality hunters today (Wednesday), as they begin their final week of travel," the statement added.

Tupan will join Indian food artist Sanjoo Malhotra, who resides in Stockholm, Sweden, and seven other people who have landed the assignment. The seven selected quality hunters started their journey in October from Helsinki for a period of six weeks and will travel on Finnair flights from Helsinki to destinations in Europe, Asia and the US.

The other selected quality hunters are: Yuval Golan from Israel, Mette Frøkjær Hansen from Denmark, Tomas Spohn from Germany, Francoise Lin from France, Asami Nagai from Japan and Mirva Lempiäinen from Finland, who currently lives in New York.

They all have been writing their comments on quality on Finnair's blog. Readers will get a chance to comment on their writings.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 08:49 PM   #25
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Singapore Airlines Ltd. : Expanded SIA and SAS Partnership to Boost Flights Between Singapore and Scandinavia

12 January 2012 - Singapore Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines have agreed to boost air services between Singapore and destinations in Scandinavia - including with direct flights to the Swedish capital Stockholm.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed today, the Star Alliance partners plan to co-operate on existing as well as new flights. Subject to regulatory approval, the airlines are to participate in joint operations, including the co-ordination of flight schedules and joint sales activities. Such joint operations are expected to enhance efficiency while giving the travelling public greater choice and flexibility.

SIA currently operates three weekly flights between Singapore and the Danish capital Copenhagen. The partnership is expected to lead to growth in air services between Singapore and Scandinavia, and, depending on market conditions, pave the way for a new route between Singapore and Stockholm. No airline currently operates non-stop flights between the two cities.

"We are extremely pleased to have reached this breakthrough agreement. SIA and SAS share a common desire to provide more travel choices to our customers, and through our partnership we can jointly offer more flights between our home markets, which would otherwise be difficult to provide on our own," said SIA Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr Mak Swee Wah.

Since December 2010, SIA has been codesharing on SAS-operated flights beyond Copenhagen, to Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm. SAS has in turn been codesharing on SIA-operated flights between Copenhagen and Singapore as well as on selected flights between Singapore and Bangkok.

In May 2011, the airlines announced a Letter of Intent to explore ways to further develop their partnership. The Memorandum of Understanding signed today is a major step forward in this process.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 06:50 AM   #26
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Coincidental how the news of Qatar rumoured to purchase SAS occur just as Etihad increases its shares with Air Berlin?

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Published: Jan 11, 2012 12:21 Updated: Jan 11, 2012 12:21

STOCKHOLM: SAS said on Tuesday it was not in talks for a possible takeover by Qatar Airways, after a newspaper report about a deal sent the Scandinavian airline's shares soaring.

SAS shares were up as much as 17 percent at one point in Stockholm after Norwegian paper Dagens Naringsliv quoted Ole Kirchert Christensen, chief executive of consultancy Travelbroker, saying the two airlines were a perfect fit.

"There are no discussions ongoing with Qatar Airways about a purchase of SAS," SAS spokesman Anders Lindstrom said.

Qatar Airways declined to comment.

SAS, 50 percent-owned by Sweden, Denmark and Norway, has been struggling for years against overcapacity, cut-price rivals and an aged fleet of planes, and has long been seen as unlikely to survive alone in the long term.

A series of turnaround plans over the last few years have aimed to put it in shape to attract a buyer.

At the end of 2010, German airline Lufthansa was hotly tipped to be preparing a bid for SAS, but that came to nothing.

Norway, Sweden and Denmark have all said they are willing to sell. But with the airline still struggling and the global outlook bleak, the time may not be ripe.

Jacob Pedersen, analyst at Sydbank, said SAS had been surrounded by takeover speculation for years without anything happening. "I really don't think anything is going to happen short-term, either," he said.

He said interest from Qatar was most likely speculation.

"It's possible, but then everything is possible. Lufthansa could do the same, and other companies are also a good fit with SAS," he said.

SAS has not made a full-year profit since 2007 and has only been in the black three times in the last 10 years.

It has targeted a return to profit in 2011, but deepening gloom in the airline industry due to high oil prices forced SAS's Chief Executive Rickard Gustafson to warn in November that any profit would be slight.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 07:52 PM   #27
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Spanair bankrupt. Another huge loss for SAS which has a ten percent stake in the company.
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Spanair bankrupt. Another huge loss for SAS which has a ten percent stake in the company.
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SAS and other nordic-based carriers have its own dedicated thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1423866. This thread will be closed; all posts will be copied over.
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Spanair bankrupt. Another huge loss for SAS which has a ten percent stake in the company.
It is a loss, but I questioned the reason why SAS took on Spanair. The money woes have been pretty obvious from the beginning before its investment, and I never saw Spanair as a strategic investment for SAS.
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Direct flight to connect SW China's Chongqing, Helsinki

CHONGQING, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Finnair, Finland's flagship carrier and the country's largest airline, will launch a direct route between Helsinki and southwest China's Chongqing Municipality in May, tourism authorities said Friday.

The route's four flights every week will be serviced by Airbus A340 aircraft. The flight time is expected to be eight-and-a-half hours, said Zhou Cai, an official with the municipality's tourism bureau.

It will also be the first route connecting western China to Northern Europe, said Zhou.

The carrier is now recruiting flight attendants in Chongqing, according to Zhou.

The direct flights will not only provide convenience for local residents traveling Europe, but will also improve the competitiveness of Chongqing's tourism market in Europe, he said.

The route is expected to bring 100,000 foreign tourists to Chongqing each year, according to Zhou.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 01:15 PM   #34
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Finnair contracts some of its short-haul operations to Flybe Nordic to better compete with Norweigan and SAS.

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Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, today announces that Flybe Nordic, its joint venture with Finnair, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Finnair to fly 12 Embraer E190 regional jets on behalf of Finnair under a contract flying arrangement.
Under the terms of the MoU, the long term E190 contract flying operations will commence on 28 October 2012. The aircraft will fly for Finnair on a number of European short haul routes, taking advantage of Flybe Nordic's competitive cost base.

With this further agreement the number of aircraft flown by Flybe Nordic will reach 28, double the number flown when the business commenced operations in August 2011, of which 20 will be flying under contract for Finnair.

Mike Rutter, Managing Director of Flybe Europe, commented:

"Flybe took the decision in 2011 to expand its successful regional airline business model into the Nordic and Baltic regions with the objective of becoming the largest and most successful regional airline in those areas.

"In the ten months since its foundation, Flybe Nordic has expanded its operations from Finland to Denmark, Estonia, Norway and Sweden - in the latter country establishing a growing presence at Stockholm's city airport Bromma.

"We have been flying eight aircraft on a contract basis for Finnair since August 2011 and we are delighted that the quality and efficiency of our operations have persuaded Finnair to add another 12 aircraft to our partnership."

Mika Vehviläinen, Finnair CEO, commented:

"This move is a logical extension of our co-operation with Flybe. The MoU covers approximately one third of Finnair's European flights. Flybe offers us a cost efficient platform for operating this traffic and enables us to continue to offer the wide network and frequencies to both our regional customers as well as our customers flying between Europe and Finnair's Asian destinations.

"We believe that, from the customer point view, the change will be virtually unnoticed as they will maintain the benefits of our extensive network in Europe and opportunity to exploit our fast Asian routes. We look forward to this expansion of our co-operation with Flybe, which has proven its capabilities to run regional traffic efficiently."

Jim French, Chairman and CEO of Flybe Group plc, concluded:

"Today's announcement marks another major step in the successful development of the Flybe Nordic business. This extension of our existing contract flying operations for Finnair is a key part of Flybe Nordic's strategy, adding substantial scale whilst balancing Flybe Group's overall risk.

"With this deal, 25% of the fleet under Flybe Group's management will be deployed under contract flying arrangements. We believe there are many more similar opportunities to develop this side of the business."
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International airlines fly into the unknown
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Travel to China's rapidly developing destinations is set to take off to new heights as international airlines eye expansion plans in the nation's flourishing second- and third-tier cities. With the untapped growth of China's hinterlands luring multinational companies, as well as curious travelers, away from high-cost commercial centers such as Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing, international air carriers are following suit and discovering new emerging markets to serve as transportation hubs.

"It's a chicken and egg scenario," said Welf Ebeling, regional director for the Global Business Travelers Association Asia. "Sometimes industry goes into a destination first and the airlines follow, sometimes it's the other way around."

Almost every major airline worldwide has a foot in the door of China's air market via the top-tier cities, but with the rent and wage rises in these over-saturated mega metropolises, the real opportunity for growth is in the untouched potential of China's second- and third-tier cities, from Urumqi to Xiamen.

"First, airlines all went to Beijing and Shanghai, but now, in order to stay competitive, they are heading to second-tier cities," Ebeling said.

Although no solid definition exists, second-tier cities are described informally as the provincial capitals, with third-tier referring to any county or prefecture-level capital.

Finding its wings early, the German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG opened two new routes last month, enabling easy access for business people traveling back and forth from Frankfurt to Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province, and to Qingdao, a coastal city in Shandong province.

"Lufthansa's strategy is to grow with our customers," said Juerg Christen, managing director for Lufthansa in China.

He added: "When they show a considerable demand for mobility and new destinations, we are happy to provide those connections when they make sense economically."

But for Christen, calling such cities second- or third-tier is difficult, considering both of Lufthansa's new destinations in China dwarf even the largest of Germany's cities.

It's the sheer size of China's 23 second-tier cities that has made the shift so alluring for international carriers. Several have populations of 5 million or more.

Lufthansa, which in 1926 was the first international airline to fly to China, is among several now flying to destinations less well-known to the outside world.

Finnair began operating its first direct flight from Southwest China to
Europe in May, running four weekly flights from Chongqing to Helsinki. Its new route is expected to boost passenger numbers by at least 100,000 annually.

Qatar Airways has also recently added Chongqing to its destination list.

Other hot second-tier destinations for international travel include Dalian, Shenyang, Fuzhou and Kunming.

But in the airline industry, where something as simple as a slight shift in the price of oil can quickly send revenues into the red, opening such routes carries huge risks.

"It is extremely expensive to open a new route," said Lars Olofsson, general manager for Scandinavian Airlines in China. "It's a multi-million dollar investment.

"Some international airlines are operating in various second- and third-tier cities and are not profitable."

Even after opening a new route, it can take up to two years before it begins to turn profitable.

Docking, equipment rental, employee wages and plane maintenance costs quickly add up, when airlines are already suffering hard times due to the global financial crisis.

Last year, they yielded only $8 billion in profits, down from $16 billion in 2010, with only $3 billion expected this year, according to the International Aviation Transport Association, which represents more than 230 airlines from 180 countries.

Adding to the burden of fuel and air navigation costs, the fees charged for certificates and services at airports in China are among the highest in the world.

Olofsson says SAS is using partnerships with Chinese airlines, primarily Air China Ltd, to utilize their Beijing and Shanghai routes as a base to explore new locations.

"From there we can determine which cities are most likely for us to expand into," he said.

He said the airline is currently researching areas including Suzhou, Ningbo and Hangzhou, all cities with heavy Scandinavian influences.

However, if global airlines want to maintain revenues and look to new cash streams, China is a must, said Tony Tyler, director-general and CEO of the IATA.

"China is a big market and it's growing fast. It's a no-brainer that you're going to want to be here," he said.

The driving force behind the growth is not fueled solely by Western multinational companies moving away from China's main cities. The real potential lies in the increased number of Chinese travelers venturing out of the country.

By 2015, the number of Chinese traveling by air is expected to grow to 212 million - a quarter of the projected 815 million worldwide.

Currently, the average US citizen is expected to take two air trips per year, compared with an average of 0.2 for Chinese citizens.

"When the Chinese travel as much as the Americans do - considering the population here is six times that of the United States - just think of the number of passengers that will be," Tyler said.

"That's why the airlines want to be here. In the long run, you must be in the Chinese market."

In 2001, there were just 32.5 million seats per year on international flights operating to and from China, compared with 92.4 million last year.

And that number continues to rise, with an expected 10 percent growth in the number of airline passengers China-wide in 2012, according to statistics from the Civil Aviation Administration China released last month.

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Finnair's Shortcut to Success
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In the scramble among airlines to tap an increasingly lucrative market in the East, a European carrier has already found one of the "shortest" routes possible deep into Southwest China.

Earlier last month, Finnair opened a flight between Helsinki and Chongqing, becoming the first airline to directly link Europe with the Chinese megacity. The flight will take a mere 8.5 hours, four times a week.

Finnair President and CEO Mika Vehvilainen says the move is part of a strategy that is "highly focused on Asia".

"The reason is simple: the geographical location of Helsinki is such that it is the shortcut between Europe and Asia. That's the shortest way to travel between the two areas," he says. "Finnair has been on an expansion in Asia since early 2000. More than half of our revenue today already comes from Asia, and we plan to double our revenue from Asia by 2020."

The Finnish carrier chose Chongqing as a platform to help achieve those targets after the megacity "came out tops" during evaluations two years ago to find suitable destinations, Vehvilainen says.

"The decision was based on the size of the market, the location, its competitiveness, the growth prospects and many other factors. What also appeals to us in Chongqing is the fact that it's a growing city, one of the largest cities in the world, and we see that there are large and expanding industries here, especially in manufacturing," he says. "We also see Chongqing-based businesses having potential in Europe, hence business travel out of Chongqing expanding into Europe."

Chongqing is one of four Chinese province-level municipalities -- the others being Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin -- and the only one inland, away from the traditionally richer coastal cities. Its urban population, numbering more than 32 million, is expected to double in the next five years as one of the world's fastest-growing cities.

Major industries, including automotive, electronics and chemical companies from home and abroad, are already expanding their presence in Chongqing, fueling high expectations of business travel and cargo flow. The city's airport has opened more than 100 routes to more than 80 Chinese and Asian cities, and airport authorities are planning to receive more than 40 million passengers a year.

"We see a lot of European business travel into Chongqing because inland China, western China, is expanding at the moment. It's getting a lot of support from the government and it's getting more and more interesting for European businesses," says Vehvilainen, whose airline also flies to three other Chinese cities - Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

"We doubled our corporate sales out of Asia from 2009 to 2010. And we grew more than 50 percent last year from 2010 as well. We enjoy very strong growth and that is of course driven, especially in China, by the fast globalization and expansion of Chinese businesses."

Leisure travelers also form a major part of Finnair's expansion plans via Chongqing, he says.

"When we look at leisure travel, the number of Chinese outbound tourists is already exceeding that of inbound tourists. The number of Chinese tourists out of China is expanding at 20 percent a year. The growing Chinese wealth and growing Chinese middle class are driving this growth, and we see huge potential for Chinese outbound tourists into Europe," Vehvilainen says.

"Whatever happens with the European fiscal crisis, Europe will always be a great destination. We are already seeing very strong demand out of Chongqing for European leisure travel.

"The other way around, the number of European tourists coming into Chongqing is also fairly strong. There are many attractions here."

Finnair's policy of expansion and growth in western China is also being carried out with "very good support" from the Chongqing authorities, Vehvilainen adds.

"That comes both in terms of enabling us to operationally open the route and in terms of financial support in the initial phases. Generally, in opening a new route, investments are needed, and that can be unprofitable in the beginning. Typically, airport authorities or local authorities incentivize the opening of such routes," he says.

"But it's a short-term incentive and obviously we take the view that once we open the route it has to be profitable in the long term."

While the Finnair CEO cites challenges, such as rapidly rising fuel costs and the economic crisis in Europe, he has no doubt that the carrier's new route will deliver.

"Also in Chongqing, the good news is that there is very little competition. And that is also the bad news, in the sense that you have to make people realize there is now an opportunity to travel from here to Europe very conveniently, and to Europeans that you can now fly to Chongqing directly," Vehvilainen says.

"But our product is overwhelmingly better than anyone else's. We offer the fastest connections. We fly now to 11 destinations in Asia and out of those 11 destinations we offer more than 50 destinations in Europe. And out of those 50 destinations, in more than 70 percent of the cases, we generally offer the fastest travel time and, of course, for business travelers, time is money."

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Incident: SAS A33 near Bangor on June 20th
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A SAS Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration SE-REF performing flight SK-910 from Newark, NJ (U.S.) to Copenhagen (Denmark) with 261 passengers and 11 crew, was enroute at FL290 about 20nm southwest of Bangor, ME (U.S.) when the crew decided to divert to Bangor due to visible smoke in the cabin and smell of smoke in the cockpit, the crew reported smoke in the cabin.


While maneouvering to capture the localizer runway 33 the crew reported smoke was no longer visible in the cabin, air traffic control advised ILS runway 33 was in service but glideslope inoperative.



The aircraft performed a localizer approach to Bangor's runway 33, landed safely about 18 minutes after leaving FL290 and vacated the runway, the crew reported everything was back to normal and taxied to the apron. No injuries and no damage occurred.


The airline confirmed there was visible smoke in the cabin and smell of smoke in the cockpit. The passengers were taken to hotels, the aircraft is currently being examined.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 08:22 AM   #39
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All Air Finland flights are cancelled as of Tuesday evening, reports the Finnish News Agency STT.
In a brief statement on its website, the leisure airline expresses deep regret for the harm caused to its customers by the sudden announcement.


According to STT, there are now around 1,000 Air Finland customers currently abroad. The carrier flew to destinations in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey as well as Dubai.
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