Finnair to sell its facilities at Helsinki Airport to Finavia

Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this statement:

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Finnair’s strategic objective is to double its Asian traffic by 2020 from the level of 2010. To enable its growth, Finnair has ordered 19 new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, which also increase Finnair’s cargo capacity considerably. With a view to the growth of its cargo traffic, Finnair is constructing a new state-of-the-art cargo terminal to be completed in 2017. At the same time, Finavia, the airport operator, has launched development and expansion of the passenger terminal at Helsinki Airport to cater for the needs of increasing traffic.

As part of the development of the infrastructure of Helsinki Airport, Finnair has sold certain facilities at the Helsinki Airport area to Finavia. The transactions comprise Finnair’s present cargo terminal to be decommissioned in 2017 and an office building currently owned jointly by Finnair and Finavia. In addition, the termination of a land lease agreement for one aircraft hangar has brought earlier in order to enable Finavia’s investments to expand the Helsinki Airport terminal.

To replace the hangar, Finnair has purchased another hangar from Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company. The transactions will enable the development of Helsinki Airport in accordance with Finavia’s and Finnair’s growth plans. Their combined non-recurring positive impact on Finnair’s operating profit in 2015 is approximately 15 million euro.

Finnair’s cargo operations will continue in the sold terminal until they are relocated to the new terminal in 2017. The surrendered aircraft hangar will be demolished to enable expansion of the passenger terminal at Helsinki Airport, and Finnair will move its operations to the hanger purchased from Elo. Finnair and Finavia’s subsidiary LAK have concluded a long-term rental agreement for the facilities used by Finnair in the sold office building.

American Airlines passenger service employees approve a new five-year contract

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) issued this statement:
American Airlines 2013 logoThe Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (CWA-IBT), representing the 14,500 U.S.-based passenger service employees at American Airlines, announced today that their members approved a new five-year contract, including immediate and significant pay raises.

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Royal Air Maroc is coming to Washington

Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CN-RGC (msn 43818) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 927406.

Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca) will launch the Casablanca – Washington (Dulles) route starting on September 8, 2016. The new route will be operated three days a week with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners per Airline Route.

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Delta to restore the Salt Lake City – Toronto route

Delta Air Lines Airbus A319-114 N352NB (msn 1824) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 921473.

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will resume the Salt Lake City – Toronto (Pearson) route on May 27, 2016. The dormant route with will be operated daily with Airbus A319s per Airline Route.

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Hawaiian Airlines to launch the Honolulu – Tokyo Narita route

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Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) will launch a new route connecting its Honolulu hub with Tokyo (Narita) starting on July 22, 2016. The daily route will be operated with Airbus A330-200s.

Later in the day, Hawaiian made the announcement public with this statement:

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Hawaiian Airlines today announced plans to begin daily nonstop service between Narita International Airport (NRT) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL) starting July 22, 2016. Hawaiian’s new Narita route will complement its existing daily service to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND), providing two daily flight options to travelers in the Greater Tokyo region.

Starting July 22, 2016, Hawaiian’s Flight HA 821 will depart Honolulu daily at 3:30 p.m., cross the international dateline, and arrive at Narita International Airport at 7 p.m. the following day. Beginning July 23, the return Flight HA 822 will depart from Narita at 9 p.m., cross the international dateline, and arrive at Honolulu International Airport at 9:55 a.m. the same day.


Guests on Hawaiian’s Honolulu-Narita flights will enjoy comfortable legroom aboard the wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which seats 294 passengers and features 18 seats in Business Class, 40 seats in Extra Comfort and 236 seats in Economy Class.


Narita will be the airline’s 11th international destination and its fourth destination in Japan. Hawaiian launched service from Honolulu to Haneda in November 2010, Osaka in July 2011 and Sapporo in October 2012.

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Xiamen Air launches two new routes to Sydney, is also coming to Melbourne, Vancouver and New York in 2016

Xiamen Air Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2760 (msn 41540) PAE (Steve Bailey). Image: 926637.

Xiamen Air (Xiamen Airlines) (Xiamen, Fujian Province, China) launched the first ever intercontinental route between Fuzhou and a destination outside of Asia with the opening of a regularly scheduled nonstop flight between Fuzhou and Sydney on November 29, 2015. The airline will also initiate nonstop service between Xiamen and Sydney starting on December 5.

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Xiamen Air launched nonstop service between Xiamen and Amsterdam in July 2015, marking the opening of the airline’s first intercontinental route. The new services to Sydney, operated by Boeing 787-8 aircraft, will help Xiamen Airlines expand its network. The new Xiamen route reduces travel time between the city and Australia to nine hours.

Xiamen Air plans to continue expanding its overseas network while its fleet of Boeing 787-8 aircraft will service international routes. The airline plans to add the more advanced Boeing 787-9 aircraft to the fleet in a move to further expand its global network.

The Chinese airline plans to launch nonstop service to Melbourne, Vancouver and New York in 2016.

Top Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/ Xiamen Air Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2760 (msn 41540) arrives at Paine Field.

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American Airlines introduces the AirCal heritage jet

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American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has introduced its AirCal heritage jet scheme (painted in the 1981 livery) on Boeing 737-823 N917NN (msn 29572).

Air California (later AirCal) was acquired by AMR Corporation and merged into American Airlines on July 1, 1987,

Top Photo: American Airlines. N917NN in the 1981 AirCal color scheme.

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AirCal Boeing 737-293 N464AC (msn 19309) SEA (Bruce Drum). Image: 102066.

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Video: A 1982 AirCal TV commercial – “Watch Us Grow”

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