Finnair Cargo, a fully owned subsidiary of Finnair, has expanded its network after signing an innovative freighter sharing deal with IAG Cargo.
The route will be operated by an Airbus A300-600 cargo freighter, which will fly between London and Helsinki. London becomes Finnair’s third cargo hub in Europe in addition to Helsinki and Brussels.
The creation of the new cargo bridge, which will connect the two carrier’s networks, is an important strategic move for Finnair Cargo. It will enable the opening of tens of new destinations in North America in addition to its current routes.
The freighter, which has a 43 ton capacity, will fly twice a week and provides Finnair with the ability to easily route cargo through London.
Finnair (Helsinki) is expanding its cargo network. Finnair is opening a new Brussels base with routes radiating back to Helsinki as well as to New York (JFK) and Chicago (O’Hare) starting in March. UBM Aviation Routes Limited has issued this statement:
Finnair Cargo has successfully used Route Exchange, the online platform for air service development, to open a new Brussels base. In March 2013 Finnair Cargo will initiate weekly flights via its new Brussels hub, connecting the Belgian capital with Finnair’s Helsinki hub as well as New York JFK and new destination Chicago O’Hare. The network expansion follows a partnership during the latter months of 2012 with Routes’ Route Exchange business, part of Routesonline, where Finnair Cargo completed an extensive airport evaluation process to open the new Continental European destination.
This partnership has led directly to the placing of the carrier’s McDonnell Douglas MD-11F aircraft at Brussels Airport.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. The venerable McDonnell Douglas MD-11 freighter will continue to serve the company. The pictured MD-11 OH-LGC (msn 48512) was converted to a freighter for Finnair Cargo but was transferred to Nordic Global Airlines in September 2011. OH-LGC now longer wears these pictured markings. Nordic Global is partially owned by the Finnair Group and operates four MD-11Fs for Finnair Cargo and is likely to operate from the new Brussels base.