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Finnair expands its Taste of Finnair meal sales in Finland

Finnair is expanding its Taste of Finnair meal sales in Finland: from Monday May 3, the hand-made meals from Finnair Kitchen are available in Foodora online food delivery service. In addition, meals continue to be available in selected K stores.

At the moment, Taste of Finnair meals are available in Foodora’s webstore Foodora Market in the Helsinki area, and in selected K stores in Southern Finland.

Taste of Finnair -meals are handmade in our kitchen in Vantaa, Finland. Designed by our top chefs, they have been inspired by Finnair business class meals. Taste of Finnair portrays both the fresh taste of the north and the selection of flavors from our destinations.

Finnair pilots sign a new 3.5 year collective labor agreement

Delivered on February 13, 2019

Finnish Air Line Pilots’ Association and Service Sector Employers Palta have signed an agreement on a new, 3.5-year collective labour agreement for Finnair pilots.

The new CLA is in force until 30 September 2024 and it encompasses several important structural changes that support Finnair’s competitiveness in the fiercely competitive post-pandemic market. These include moving from a service year-based salary structure to a vacancy-based salary structure, and measures enabling balancing the seasonality of air traffic more effectively.

“With the new collective labor agreement our pilots demonstrate their willingness to contribute constructively to Finnair’s rebuild phase in the middle of the largest crisis in the history of aviation”, says Johanna Karppi, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Finnair. “I am happy that we have together been able to agree on solutions that support Finnair’s competitiveness while ensuring Finnair is a good employer for Finnish pilots also in the future. The long agreement period brings us predictability and supports the long-term efforts in building Finnair’s future.”

In other news, Finnair started to fly with SAF from Helsinki Airport in April as a  Sustainable Aviation Fuel based solution to reduce business travel emissions with Neste Global.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWN (msn 273) LHR (Andi Hiltl). Image: 947736.

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Finnair to fly to over 60 destinations in summer 2021 – flights to be added as travel gradually opens

Finnair Airbus A320-214 OH-LXD (msn 1588) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 930756.

Finnair is preparing to grow its flight schedule this summer with a focus on leisure destinations, as the vaccine roll-out is expected to enable the reopening of travel in many countries.

In June, Finnair will resume flights to destinations like Reykjavik, Bodø, Nice, Lisbon and Vilnius. Additional frequencies will also be added to Greek islands such as Rhodes, Chania and Santorini, as well as to Mallorca, Malaga and Alicante in Spain. Finnair’s summer destinations in Italy include Rome, Milan and Venice.

In North America, the vaccine roll-out has progressed well, and Finnair will restart flights  to Chicago and Los Angeles in mid-June and increase frequencies on the New York route to up to three flights per week. The restart of these flights is still subject to the development of US travel guidelines.

Travel guidelines are likely to change in many countries during the summer. To facilitate travel planning, Finnair will introduce a new AI-powered solution for customers to explore available destinations and keep up with the latest travel restrictions in different countries. Through the new tool on Finnair.com, customers can plan their travels and prepare for their journey easily using an interactive map. The solution is produced by Smartvel, a technology company specializing in destination content solutions for the travel industry.

Flexibility and peace of mind for summer travel plans 

To offer customers peace of mind for making travel plans, Finnair has a flexible ticket change policy for all bookings made by 31 August 2021. This means that customers can make changes to their travel dates regardless of their ticket type.

Finnair Corona Cover has been extended and will now be included in bookings made up until 30 June 2021. The cover is offered at no additional cost with all flight tickets for trips departing on or before 31 August 2021 and which do not exceed 31 days, providing they have been purchased via the Finnair website or mobile app. This cover is available for customers travelling abroad from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain or Ireland. Finnair Corona Cover is designed to supplement other travel insurance you may have and provides extra cover in case you test positive for COVID-19 while at your destination. The cover is provided by AIG Europe S.A. and by its Switzerland branch for Switzerland. Terms and conditions apply.

Finnair will continue its other safe travel measures and reviews them on a regular basis. For example, using a mask is still required for all customers and crew at the airport and onboard flights. Finnair encourages customers to arrive at the airport in good time before their flight, as travel document checks currently take more time than normal.

In line with the recommendation from the Finnish health authority, Finnair requires customers traveling to Finland to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate or proof of a previous COVID-19 infection. As of May 11, Finnair also accepts a COVID-19 vaccination certificate. There is no requirement for travelers aged between 12-15 to present a certificate.

Finnair summer 2021 destinations

Finland  Europe  Asia  North America 
Ivalo Alicante Bangkok Chicago
Kittilä Amsterdam Hong Kong Los Angeles
Kuopio Berlin Seoul New York
Kuusamo Bodø Shanghai
Oulu Bryssel Singapore
Rovaniemi Budapest Tokyo
Tampere Chania
Turku Copenhagen
Vaasa Dublin
Dubrovnik
Düsseldorf
Edinburgh
Frankfurt
Funchal
Gazipasa
Gdansk
Göteborg
Hamburg
Heraklion
Krakow
Lisbon
London
Málaga
Manchester
Milan
Moscow
Munich
Nice
Oslo
Palma de Mallorca
Paris
Prague
Reykjavik
Rhodes
Riga
Rome
Split
St. Petersburg
Stockholm
Tallinn
Tel Aviv
Venice
Vilnius
Visby
Vienna
Warsaw
Zürich

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A320-214 OH-LXD (msn 1588) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 930756.

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Finnair to accept COVID-19 vaccination certificate as an alternative to negative test result or an immunity certificate when travelling to Finland

Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWB (msn 019) (Oneworld) LHR (Rolf Wallner). Image: 948295.

Finnair will start accepting a COVID-19 vaccination certificate from the first vaccination dose as an alternative to a negative test result or a certificate of a previous COVID-19 infection, on Finnair flights to Finland from May 11, 2021. In line with the recommendation by the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, Finnair has since late January required that all passengers travelling to Finland – excluding transfer passengers – present either a negative test certificate or an immunity/recovery certificate as a prerequisite for boarding.

In addition, as of May 11, there is no requirement for children under the age of 16 to present a health certificate, but Finnair recommends children between 12 and 15 years of age arrive with proof of a negative test result. This is to speed up the arrival procedure at Helsinki Airport, where passengers with a negative test result are exempt from testing on arrival.

“Vaccines have proven their power in fighting the pandemic, and vaccination certificates will play a key role in the upcoming EU Digital Green Certificate to ensure the health and safety of travellers,” says Kimmo Ketola, Medical Director at Finnair. “The likelihood of a vaccinated person being infected and transmitting COVID-19 is very small.”

Finnair will accept vaccination certificates for all COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization or the European Medical Agency. The vaccine needs to be administered at least 21 days before the travel date. The certificate needs to include the customer’s name, date of birth, the name of the vaccine producer, the time and place the vaccine was administered, as well as the issuer of the certificate.

As an alternative to the vaccination certificate, customers can present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a certificate of a previous COVID-19 infection. Travelers can find more information on the required certificates on Finnair’s Travel updates page.

Many countries have their own requirements for pre-departure testing or vaccination certificates, so  travelers are advised to refer to their local authority’s website prior to departure, to ensure smooth entry.

Finnair closely follows the development of health and safety measures in travel, and regularly updates its own procedures when necessary. Finnair flights have comprehensive health and safety measures in place, including a requirement to wear a mask during the flight. Measures are also in place when boarding and disembarking the aircraft, as well as during the flight.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWB (msn 019) (Oneworld) LHR (Rolf Wallner). Image: 948295.

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Finnair carried 82.7% less passengers in March compared to a year ago

The COVID-19 pandemic impact was still clearly visible in the March passenger traffic figures, very strong month for cargo

In March, Finnair carried 86,300 passengers, which was 82.7% less than in March 2020 even though the COVID-19 impact was visible already then. The number of passengers in March 2021 was 1.1% less than in February 2021.

The COVID-19 impact, including the exceptionally strict travel restrictions imposed by several countries, still affected all passenger traffic figures. It was visible especially in the North Atlantic figures despite the first passenger flights since June 2020 and Asian figures.

The overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) decreased in March by 81.3% year-on-year. Finnair operated 74 daily flights (cargo-only included) on average which was 34.6% compared to March 2020. The differences between capacity figures are explained by the shorter average stage length of operated flights and by the smaller gauge of operated aircraft compared to March 2020. Finnair’s traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPKs) decreased by 92.0%. The Passenger Load Factor (PLF) decreased by 33.4% points to 24.6%.

The ASK decline in Asian traffic was 78.7%. The North Atlantic capacity decreased by 91.4%. In European traffic, the ASKs were down by 85.0%. The ASKs in domestic traffic decreased by 65.3%.

RPKs decreased in Asian traffic by 96.4%, in North Atlantic traffic by 99.3%, in European traffic by 89.4% and in domestic traffic by 59.6%.

The PLF was 9.9% in Asian traffic but it was supported by the very strong cargo operations and a high cargo load factor. The PLF was 5.3% in North Atlantic traffic, 39.6% in European traffic and 58.9% in domestic traffic.

Passenger numbers decreased in Asian traffic by 96.2%, in North Atlantic traffic by 99.2%, in European traffic by 85.5% and in domestic traffic by 65.1%.

Available scheduled cargo tonne kilometers decreased by 73.2% year-on-year and revenue scheduled cargo tonne kilometers decreased by 56.5%, both due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on scheduled flights. However, cargo related available tonne kilometers decreased only by 16.6% and revenue tonne kilometers increased by 26.5% as they both also include the cargo-only flights operated mainly between Europe and Asia as well as Europe and North America. Compared to February 2021, cargo-only tonnes were up by 36.9% and the total cargo tonnes by 30.0% as demand for the cargo capacity was very strong especially in Asian traffic. As a result, the cargo load factor was clearly higher than in the corresponding period of 2020.

In March, 93.1% of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (92.0%).

Traffic statistics for April 2021 will be published on Wednesday 5 May 2021.

Finnair Traffic Performance March 2021
Month % Change YTD % Change
Total traffic
Passengers 1,000 86.3 -82.7 259.2 -90.2
Available seat kilometres mill 424.2 -81.3 1,201.5 -87.6
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 104.4 -92.0 306.5 -95.6
Passenger load factor % 24.6 -33.4p 25.5 -47.1p
Cargo tonnes total 8,007.7 9.0 19,410.1 -35.5
Available tonne kilometres mill 164.8 -51.0 414.4 -70.9
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 68.4 -58.3 169.4 -79.3
Asia
Passengers 1,000 Asia 3.0 -96.2 9.1 -98.0
Available seat kilometres mill Asia 227.9 -78.7 664.2 -85.8
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Asia 22.5 -96.4 67.9 -98.1
Passenger load factor % Asia 9.9 -49.1p 10.2 -66.1p
Europe
Passengers 1,000 Europe 40.5 -85.5 120.9 -92.0
Available seat kilometres mill Europe 127.1 -85.0 361.1 -89.9
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Europe 50.4 -89.4 147.4 -94.0
Passenger load factor % Europe 39.6 -16.6p 40.8 -28.0p
North Atlantic
Passengers 1,000 North Atlantic 0.1 -99.2 0.1 -99.8
Available seat kilometres mill North Atlantic 17.3 -91.4 17.3 -98.0
Revenue passenger kilometres mill North Atlantic 0.9 -99.3 0.9 -99.9
Passenger load factor % North Atlantic 5.3 -60.1p 5.3 -71.1p
Domestic
Passengers 1,000 Domestic 42.7 -65.1 129.1 -78.2
Available seat kilometres mill Domestic 51.9 -65.3 158.9 -72.6
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Domestic 30.6 -59.6 90.3 -74.4
Passenger load factor % Domestic 58.9 8.3p 56.8 -4.0p
Cargo Traffic
Europe tonnes 159.7 -90.5 556.2 -91.8
North Atlantic tonnes 149.9 -73.8 149.9 -94.0
Asia tonnes 2,502.2 -50.4 6,837.1 -66.9
Domestic tonnes 29.4 -17.8 85.6 -25.0
Cargo scheduled traffic total tonnes 2,841.2 -61.3 7,628.8 -74.6
Cargo flights, tonnes** 5,166.4 100.0 11,781.2 100.0
Cargo Traffic tonnes total 8,007.7 9.0 19,410.1 -35.5
Available tonne kilometres* mill 74.4 -16.6 175.9 -51.4
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 59.2 26.5 142.3 -24.8
Available sched. cargo tonne kms*, mill 23.9 -73.2 65.5 -81.9
Revenue sched. cargo tonne kms, mill 20.4 -56.5 54.0 -71.4
Cargo load factor* % 79.6 27.1p 80.9 28.7p
– North-Atlantic cargo load factor* % 84.6 16.9p 84.6 18.5p
– Asia cargo load factor* % 88.7 31.3p 85.7 29.8p
Scheduled traffic Cargo load factor*, % 85.3 32.8p 82.5 30.3p

* Based on average operational cargo capacity

** Including purchased traffic

  • Change %: Change compared to the figures of the respective periods in the previous year (p = points).
  • Available seat kilometres. ASK: Total number of seats available. multiplied by the number of kilometres flown.
  • Revenue passenger kilometres. RPK: Number of revenue passengers carried. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Passenger load factor: Share of revenue passenger kilometres of available seat kilometres.
  • Available tonne kilometres. ATK: Number of tonnes of capacity for carriage of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Revenue tonne kilometres. RTK: Total revenue load consisting of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Overall load factor: Share of revenue tonne kilometres of available tonne kilometres.

Finnair to start Helsinki – Alicante flights on May 1

Finnair has announced it will start flights from Helsinki to Alicante with one weekly frequency from May 1.

In other news, Finnair reported concerning COVID-19:

Many people are currently concerned about the safety of traveling. How big is the risk of getting a coronavirus infection while flying if another person with a coronavirus infection is on the same flight?

“Getting a SARS-CoV-2 infection during a flight is possible but highly unlikely,” tells Finnair’s Medical Director Kimmo Ketola. “During 2020, there were fewer than 50 SARS-CoV-2 infections caught onboard a plane. At the same time, there were 1.2 billion air travelers globally. So even if the real number of cases was tenfold, the probability of contracting Covid-19 remains extremely small.

According to Ketola, there are many reasons for the low number of infections. They are related to passenger behavior, aircraft ventilation and hygiene measures.

Moreover, authorities in many countries currently require travelers to have a negative Covid test result before traveling, which further reduces the risk of getting infected during the flight. In Finland, the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare has advised airlines to require a negative test result from travelers arriving in Finland, and Finnair follows this recommendation.

1. FINNAIR DOES NOT ACCEPT PASSENGERS WITH SYMPTOMS OF A CORONAVIRUS INFECTION ONBOARD.

Our ground crew pays close attention to possible symptoms at the departure gate. Typically, people tend to cancel or reschedule their flight if they are feeling ill or unwell. Finnair offers flexibility for changing travel dates for bookings that are made between 1 April 2020 and 31 August.

2. HEPA FILTERS REMOVE 99.79% OF ALL MICROBES IN CABIN AIR.

Fresh air is supplied from the overhead stowage compartment level and extracted at floor level, which means that there is no airflow forward or rearward along the cabin. The cabin air changes every 2 to 3 minutes. The particles in a cough or sneeze are removed from the cabin air within a few minutes.

A recent American study found that aerosol particles released in a cough are reduced by 99.99% before they enter a nearby passengers’ respiratory zone. The infection risk is the biggest for passengers sitting next to an infected passenger, although the risk is still minimal due to the facts stated before.

3. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS ALSO IMPORTANT DURING THE FLIGHT.

Finnair has made several changes to its inflight service, which aim to reduce the contacts between cabin crew and customers, as well as unnecessary movement in the cabin. The service is limited, and boarding is organized row by row so that close contacts with other passengers can be minimal.

When traveling as a family, it’s advisable to sit next to each other and travel in your own “bubble”, meaning staying with the same group of people.

According to studies, having only one carry-on baggage will reduce close contacts by about 2/3 during boarding. Therefore, it’s recommended to travel light and have as few items as possible during the pandemic.

4. THE HYGIENE LEVEL HAS BEEN RAISED FURTHER FROM AN ALREADY HIGH STANDARD.

Even though the risk of getting an infection from a surface is low, the risk can still be reduced further by careful cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning of the aircraft has been enhanced, and Finnair also offers its customers surface wipes so everyone can wipe armrests and tables. Good hand hygiene during the flight reduces infections as well.

5. THE INFLIGHT INFECTION RISK CAN BE REDUCED FURTHER BY WEARING A MASK.

Surgical or FFP classified masks give the best protection. Finnair requires all passengers older than 7 to wear a mask from boarding until disembarkation. The mask can be taken out for a moment to eat but eating shouldn’t be prolonged. Finnair accepts self-made fabric masks, surgical masks or FFP masks without valves (FFP2, FFP3, N95 or equivalent standards).

Finnair shows green light to electric flying, signs letter of interest on electric aircraft developed by Heart Aerospace

Finnair has signalled its interest for electric aviation as a force to be reckoned with for future flying, signing a Letter of Interest for Heart Aerospace’s Electric ES-19 electric aircraft, which is currently under development.

Finnair could acquire up to 20 of the new 19-seater Heart Aerospace ES-19 electric aircraft (above), for use on the airline’s short routes. According to Heart Aerospace, the aircraft are expected to be available for first commercial flights in 2026.

Anne Larilahti, Finnair Vice President of Sustainability, said: “Finnair believes electric aviation will be one of the tools for the future of flying. It will help to promote responsible and sustainable aviation especially on short routes, in an era where climate change will increasingly dominate the agenda.

“We want to be actively involved in developing and implementing new technologies which enable carbon-neutral flying.

“Solving the climate challenge of flying is essential so that the social and economic benefits of aviation can continue. Many of the measures require collaboration across industries in tandem with partners playing a key role in our ongoing sustainability work.”

Anders Forslund, CEO at Heart Aerospace, said:  We’re excited about Finnair signing this letter of interest for our ES-19 aircraft. Finnair’s climate goals are among the most ambitious in the airline industry, and we believe that our electric aircraft can play an important role in creating zero emissions regional travel. We’ve been working closely together in the Nordic Network for some time. We are very impressed by the dedication and commitment of the Finnair team, and we’re thankful for their support as we take the next steps in building and certifying the ES-19.

Since 2019, Finnair has been a part of the Nordic Electric Aviation initiative to drive the development of electric flying, with focus on standardising electric air infrastructure in the Nordic countries; developing business models for regional point-to-point connectivity between Nordic countries; developing aircraft technology for Nordic weather conditions; and creating a platform for European and global collaborations.

As part of its industry-leading commitment to sustainability, Finnair is committed to halving its net CO2 emissions by the end of 2025 and achieving carbon neutrality in 2045.

Among the range of measures needed to achieve this are improving fuel efficiency, reducing aircraft weight, combining different modes of transport, emissions trading, and sustainable aviation fuels.

Finnair’s traffic in February was down 91.6% versus the previous February

Finnair reported its traffic figures for February 2021:

The COVID-19 pandemic impact was still clearly visible in the February passenger traffic figures, strong cargo performance continued

In February, Finnair carried 87,300 passengers, which was 91.6% less than in February 2020 (included the leap day that had a positive impact e.g. on the number of passengers). However, the number of passengers in February 2021 was 2.0% more than in January 2021. Comparable increase in the number of passengers was 12.9% compared to January 2021 when taking into consideration the 3-day difference between January and February.

The COVID-19 impact, including the exceptionally strict travel restrictions imposed by several countries, still affected all passenger traffic figures. It was visible especially in the North Atlantic figures (where there were no scheduled passenger flights in February).

The overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) decreased in February by 89.1% year-on-year. Finnair operated 77 daily flights (cargo-only included) on average which was 21.4% compared to February 2020. The differences between capacity figures are explained by the shorter average stage length of operated flights and by the smaller gauge of operated aircraft compared to February 2020. Finnair’s traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) decreased by 96.2%. The Passenger Load Factor (PLF) decreased by 49.5% points to 26.6%.

The ASK decline in Asian traffic was 86.9%. The North Atlantic capacity decreased by 100.0%. In European traffic, the ASKs were down by 91.4%. The ASKs in domestic traffic decreased by 75.7%.

RPKs decreased in Asian traffic by 98.2%, in North Atlantic traffic by 100.0%, in European traffic by 95.3% and in domestic traffic by 77.8%.

The PLF was 10.7% in Asian traffic but it was supported by the strong cargo operations and a high cargo load factor. The PLF was 39.9% in European traffic and 59.3% in domestic traffic, whereas there was no PLF figure in North Atlantic traffic since there were no passenger flights in February.

Passenger numbers decreased in Asian traffic by 98.2%, in North Atlantic traffic by 100.0%, in European traffic by 93.6% and in domestic traffic by 81.0%.

Available scheduled cargo tonne kilometres decreased by 83.8% year-on-year and revenue scheduled cargo tonne kilometres decreased by 73.4%, both due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on scheduled flights. However, cargo related available tonne kilometres decreased by 55.1% and revenue tonne kilometres only by 28.6% as they both also include the cargo-only flights operated mainly between Europe and Asia as well as Europe and North America. Compared to January 2021, cargo-only tonnes were up by 32.8% and the total cargo tonnes by 17.5% despite February being a shorter month as strong demand for the cargo capacity especially in Asia continued. As a result, the cargo load factor was clearly higher than in the corresponding period of 2020.

In February, 83.4% of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (86.1%).

Traffic statistics for March 2021 will be published on Wednesday 7 April 2021.

Finnair Traffic Performance February 2021
Month % Change YTD % Change
Total traffic
Passengers 1,000 87.3 -91.6 172.9 -92.0
Available seat kilometres mill 373.0 -89.1 777.3 -89.5
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 99.3 -96.2 202.1 -96.5
Passenger load factor % 26.6 -49.5p 26.0 -51.1p
Cargo tonnes total 6,159.7 -38.9 11,402.4 -49.9
Available tonne kilometres mill 131.4 -73.5 249.6 -77.0
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 54.3 -81.7 100.9 -84.6
Asia
Passengers 1,000 Asia 3.0 -98.2 6.1 -98.4
Available seat kilometres mill Asia 205.6 -86.9 436.4 -87.9
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Asia 22.1 -98.2 45.4 -98.5
Passenger load factor % Asia 10.7 -68.2p 10.4 -71.1p
Europe
Passengers 1,000 Europe 38.7 -93.6 80.3 -93.5
Available seat kilometres mill Europe 114.2 -91.4 233.9 -91.4
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Europe 45.6 -95.3 97.0 -95.1
Passenger load factor % Europe 39.9 -33.6p 41.4 -31.3p
North Atlantic
Passengers 1,000 North Atlantic 0.0 -100.0 0.0 -100.0
Available seat kilometres mill North Atlantic 0.0 -100.0 0.0 -100.0
Revenue passenger kilometres mill North Atlantic 0.0 -100.0 0.0 -100.0
Passenger load factor % North Atlantic N/A N/A N/A N/A
Domestic
Passengers 1,000 Domestic 45.6 -81.0 86.4 -81.6
Available seat kilometres mill Domestic 53.2 -75.7 107.0 -75.2
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Domestic 31.5 -77.8 59.7 -78.5
Passenger load factor % Domestic 59.3 -5.6p 55.8 -8.5p
Cargo Traffic
Europe tonnes 160.5 -92.9 396.5 -92.2
North Atlantic tonnes 0.0 -100.0 0.0 -100.0
Asia tonnes 2,196.1 -67.8 4,334.9 -72.3
Domestic tonnes 29.3 -22.6 56.2 -28.3
Cargo scheduled traffic total tonnes 2,386.0 -76.3 4,787.6 -79.0
Cargo flights, tonnes** 3,773.7 100.0 6,614.8 100.0
Cargo Traffic tonnes total 6,159.7 -38.9 11,402.4 -49.9
Available tonne kilometres* mill 54.9 -55.1 101.5 -62.8
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 45.6 -28.6 83.1 -41.6
Available sched. cargo tonne kms*, mill 19.8 -83.8 41.6 -84.8
Revenue sched. cargo tonne kms, mill 17.0 -73.4 33.6 -76.4
Cargo load factor* % 83.0 30.8p 81.8 29.7p
– North-Atlantic cargo load factor* % N/A N/A N/A N/A
– Asia cargo load factor* % 89.4 33.5p 84.0 28.7p
Scheduled traffic Cargo load factor*, % 85.9 33.7p 80.9 28.8p

* Based on average operational cargo capacity

** Including purchased traffic

  • Change %: Change compared to the figures of the respective periods in the previous year (p = points).
  • Available seat kilometres. ASK: Total number of seats available. multiplied by the number of kilometres flown.
  • Revenue passenger kilometres. RPK: Number of revenue passengers carried. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Passenger load factor: Share of revenue passenger kilometres of available seat kilometres.
  • Available tonne kilometres. ATK: Number of tonnes of capacity for carriage of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Revenue tonne kilometres. RTK: Total revenue load consisting of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Overall load factor: Share of revenue tonne kilometres of available tonne kilometres.

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Finnair completes a lease financing arrangement for its next Airbus A350 delivery, will work with Fintraffic

Finnair has made this announcement:

As a part of Finnair’s rebuild program, the company has finalized a lease financing arrangement for its next A350 aircraft delivery, with JLPS Holding Ireland Limited as the lessor and lease servicer. In the arrangement, Finnair will assign the purchase of the Airbus A350 aircraft to a third party, and then leases it back for its own operation. The aircraft is expected to be delivered to Finnair in the second quarter of 2022. The operating lease period is a minimum of 12 years, including a storage period expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2021, concurrent with the aircraft‘s sale.

The total positive cash effect of the arrangement for Finnair in 2021–2022 is in excess of 100 million US dollars compared to a situation in which the aircraft had been purchased and owned by Finnair.

Finnair has ordered a total of 19 new A350-900 XWB aircraft from Airbus, of which 16 have been delivered as of September 1, 2020; the aircraft concerned will be the 17th. The remaining two A350 aircraft are expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2024 and the first quarter of 2025.

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In other news, Finnair and Finland’s air navigation service provider Fintraffic ANS have joined forces to reduce CO2 emissions and enhance commercial aviation’s environmental footprint.

 

Under the new initiative, Finnair will share fuel consumption data with Fintraffic ANS and the parties will together explore how to support airlines in their bid to drive down and meet new lower emissions targets.

As part of its industry-leading commitment to sustainability, Finnair is committed to halving its net CO2 emissions by the end of 2025 and achieving carbon neutrality in 2045.

Finnair pilot, Captain Tom Hakala, is in charge of fuel efficiency of Finnair flight operations and advises how Finnair pilots can maximize their fuel-efficient flying techniques.

Captain Hakala said: “Reducing the CO2 emissions of our flight operations is our number one environmental target, and we work for this on every single flight.

“Through this welcome partnership, we will now start sharing openly our fuel data and the impact air navigation services’ actions have on fuel consumption. Together with Fintraffic ANS we can explore new ways of further reducing the amount of fuel we use and the environmental impact of flying upon the environment.

“Our vision is that Finland has the safest, smoothest and most environmentally friendly airspace in the world. Every day, we focus on making air traffic as optimized as possible. Flight route optimization, continuous descent approach and close international cooperation are our means of reducing emissions”, says Pasi Nikama, Fintraffic ANS CCO.

“Air navigation services must also take into account the requirements of the environmental permit for aircraft noise management. Close cooperation with Finnair gives us new information and ways to develop Finnish air traffic to be even more environmentally efficient”.

Reducing a flight’s fuel consumption starts by planning the route to be as efficient as possible. During the flight, measures include minimizing time and unnecessary stops in taxiing, using continuous climb and descent during take-off and landing. Other considerations include optimizing the flight route, speed and altitude taking into account the weather conditions. In Finland, the airspace can be very efficiently used, which was also highlighted by Eurocontrol’s study last year.

In November 2020, Finnair and Fintraffic ANS explored the possibilities for minimizing fuel consumption with two test flights flown from Helsinki to Kittilä and Ivalo.

On the test flights, the flight time, flight length, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions were measured, and data comparison was made between the optimal plan and the realized flight. The flights showed several factors, such as weather conditions and other air space users, affected the possibility to optimize fuel consumption.

”Fuel efficiency is impacted by many factors, and even small actions make a difference, when they are repeated on thousands of flights per year”, says Tom Hakala.

On Wednesday 17 February Finnair will fly from Helsinki to Kittilä in Northern Finland, and the different phases of the flight and their impact on fuel consumption are followed on Finnair’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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WHAT WOULD A PERFECTLY FUEL EFFICIENT FLIGHT LOOK LIKE?

Carbon emissions caused by fuel burn form an airline’s biggest environmental impact. That’s why one of the most important ways to decrease the environmental impact of aviation is to improve fuel efficiency. Finnair has been investing in this for years.

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“During every flight, we make several decisions that impact fuel consumption. Even decisions that might appear small have a large impact when they’re repeated on thousands of flights every year” says Tom Hakala, who’s the technical lead responsible for the fuel efficiency of Finnair’s flight operations.

On 17 February at 1pm Finnair will, in cooperation with Fintraffic ANS, fly from Helsinki to Kittilä to test how much fuel consumption can be decreased when we strive to optimize all parts of the flight for fuel efficiency.

Fuel efficiency will be considered, for example, by choosing a fuel efficient route, optimizing the load and weight of the aircraft and minimizing queuing and unnecessary stops during taxiing, as well as using the airspace efficiently.

The flight will utilize biofuel bought by Finnair’s customers through the Push for Change program since 2019. The biofuel won’t be used at Helsinki airport, as Finnair’s biofuel is manufactured in California and it wouldn’t be sustainable to transport it to Finland. Instead, San Francisco airport will receive biofuel equalling 50% of the fuel consumption of Finnair’s HEL-KTT flight. According to the industry standard practice, Finnair can claim the resulting emissions decrease.

BEST RESULT THROUGH COLLABORATION

The best fuel efficiency is achieved through tight collaboration by the teams working at air traffic control, the airport and airline.

“It’s crucial that the organizations actively share data with each other. When all parties know the same things, we can make decisions that lead to bigger emissions decrease than if everyone just optimized their own area”, says Finnair’s VP of Sustainability, Anne Larilahti.

“The pandemic is an opportunity. When there’s less traffic, it’s easier to do things as planned.”

Fuel efficiency is optimized at the following stages of the flight.

BEFORE THE FLIGHT

Finnair’s routes are as fuel efficient as possible. We usually aim to fly to the destination the shortest possible route, considering the weather. Turning away from the route for a few minutes can burn hundreds of kilos more fuel. Having said that, the most direct route isn’t always the most energy efficient. Sometimes the wind is against you, and you can achieve better fuel efficiency by flying a slightly longer route.

FUELING

Finnair’s Pilot Briefing Fuel Dashboard is a flight preparation tool used by our pilots. It produces data to support the pilots’ fueling decisions. The captain makes fueling decisions based on the flight plan and their own consideration. There’s always enough fuel, and some disruptions like landing on another airport or a go-around are considered.

LOADING

The lighter the plane, the less fuel it burns. Catering and water are optimized according to passenger numbers. The centre of gravity of the aircraft should be as far back as possible, considering restrictions, to minimize the aerodynamic drag and thus increase fuel efficiency.

DE-ICING

Pilots determine the need for de-icing visually before departure. If the weather conditions require anti-icing, Finnair pilots take advantage of the SureApp application to consider which level of anti-icing provides appropriate weather protection for takeoff. Precise decisions enable a decrease in de-icing treatment time, burned fuel (as the engines are running for that time) and environmental effects.

TAXIING

The aircraft will usually taxi out for departure and in after landing with one engine in Helsinki. The CDM production control system at Helsinki airport gives departing planes their own time window, so they don’t need to queue or make unnecessary stops. Taxiing with one engine at departure will save on average 100kg of fuel in the A350 aircraft.

TAKEOFF

Accurate departure is important. Passengers can have an impact on this by being on time for their flight. Sometimes we need to wait for transfer customers from other flights, and the delay of one arriving flight can impact several departures. This can increase fuel burn: catching up the lost minutes by flying faster is expensive. Catching up every minute lost on the ground burns on average 100kg of fuel.

ROUTE

Pilots can optimize fuel burn by adjusting altitude and speed. The Finnair A350 aircraft are equipped with a program that calculates an optimal flight profile for fuel efficiency based on speed and altitude.

Wind impacts fuel consumption, so we aim to fly with favorable winds. When the wind is favourable, fuel burn will decrease without losing speed. It’s not always worth it to get to the destination as fast as possible. Flying slowly – when possible – can save fuel considerably. Collaboration with air traffic control is a vital part for optimizing fuel efficiency.

LANDING

The most fuel-efficient way to land is the continuous descent approach. Over 90% of the approaches by Finnair to Helsinki-Vantaa airport are made with a continuous descent, in which the altitude is continuously decreased from the cruising level to the landing runway without level flight segments. Level flight requires more engine thrust, thus increasing fuel consumption and noise.

THE PASSENGERS’ ROLE

Every customer can impact fuel efficiency. It’s important to be on time at the airport and at the gate, so the flight can depart on time. The amount of baggage also plays a role. Will you pack three pairs of shoes, or just two? Will you pack a full size shampoo, or a small travel size bottle? If every Finnair customer had had 1kg less baggage in 2019, the fuel saved could have been used for 20 flights from Helsinki to Tokyo.

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