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Finnair Still Sees Asia As A Core Market For Future Growth

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Although it’s been previously reported on the unsatisfactory revenue of Finnair in the Asian market, as Finnair suffered losses in the first quarter of 2019, and some Asian routes did not turn into profit.

It is expected the operation between Helsinki and Chongqing will be cancelled this October. However, these seem to be unable to stop Finnair’s enthusiasm and long-term interests for the Asian market, and still regard this region as the core of future growth.

Topi Manner, Finnair's Newly Appointed CEO
Topi Manner, Finnair’s Newly Appointed CEO

According to media reports recently, Topi Manner, the newly appointed Finnair CEO, said that thanks to Finland’s favorable geographical position, Finnair can provide very efficient and convenient flights from Europe to China and other destinations in Asia; and these routes also contributed a large portion of passenger revenue to Finnair. Although there are some trade tensions and some unfavorable factors for the slowdown of growth in some economies this year, Finnair has seen some signs of a rebound in demand in the near future, and the Japanese market has performed well, which is in line with some recent macro indicators. A positive recovery signal is consistent.

In addition, Robert Öhrnberg, General Manager of Finnair Greater China, also revealed in an interview with the Civil Aviation Resource Network reporter in Beijing late last month that China has always been one of the most important global markets for Finnair and will be rooted and invested in it for a long time. We are willing to work with all parties to explore and dig deep into this market with an open attitude.

In fact, a series of recent actions by Finnair in the Asian market are enough to confirm the “Asia-centrism” of the above executives.

Earlier, Finnair publicly announced that in order to increase the capacity of the Beijing route, starting from November 3 this year, it will open a flight to and from Beijing Daxing International Airport (IATA code: PKX), which Finnair will operates three flights a week on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, operated by the Airbus A330 widebody aircraft. In addition to the current daily flights operated to and from Beijing Capital International Airport, the number of flights from Finnair to Beijing will increase to 10 flights per week. Finnair has thus become the first foreign airline to announce the opening of the flight service of Beijing Daxing International Airport.

At the same time, Finnair also announced that it will open flights to Busan, South Korea in the summer of 2020, and will become the first and only airline to connect between Busan and Europe. According to plan, starting on March 30 next year, Finnair will use the new Airbus A350 wide-body aircraft to operate round-trip flights between Helsinki and Busan on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

In this regard, Finnish Chief Commercial Officer Ole Orvér commented: “We are very happy to be the first European airline operating in Busan, which is a good complement to our vital Asian network. Korea is also our largest market in the world. One of which we have been operating for 11 years. Finnair is pleased to offer a new destination for our travellers and continue to grow in Asia.”

It is understood that Busan will be the 20th destination of Finnair’s network in Asia.

Of course, in addition to striving to build and consolidate the route network in Asia, Finnair has fully relied on the advantages of other partners to jointly develop the market and is an indispensable part of its strategic development in Asia. In fact, Finnair has also worked hard in this area recently and has reached a lot of cooperation.

According to the public information collected by the Civil Aviation Resource Network, in June this year, Finnair opened code-sharing cooperation with China Southern Airlines (China Southern Airlines) and Juneyao Airlines. In the same month, Finnair also cooperated with Juneyao Airlines to start the frequent flyer program cooperation.

The code-sharing cooperation between Finnair and China Southern Airlines started on June 1 this year includes the Finnair Guangzhou-Helsinki route and some of China Southern’s destination routes in China. Through the docking of the two-way network, Finnair will add five new destinations in Greater China. Finnair passengers can fly on China Southern Airlines, fly to Changsha, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Sanya, Wenzhou, Xiamen and Xi’an via Guangzhou.

Starting from June 24 this year, Finnair and Juneyao Air officially unveiled the frequent flyer program cooperation which provides mutual benefits and free award booking services for both members. Finnair has thus become the first European Airline Division of Juneyao Airways to carry out FFP cooperation.

Since June 28 this year, Finnair has added the AY code to the round-trip flight HO1607/1608 of Juneyao Air’s route between Shanghai-Helsinki. At the same time, Juneyao Airlines also added the HO code to the same route of Finnair flight AY087/088. In addition, Finnair also carries AY codes on some flights from Shanghai to Harbin, Shenyang, Dalian, Xi’an, Chongqing, Qingdao, Xiamen, Kunming, Fuzhou, Nanjing, Xi’an, Chongqing and Zhangjiajie.

Finnair is also dedicated to satisfy the passengers needs in this important market. For example, Robert Öhrnberg once told reporters that Finnair has always noticed that Asian guests, including Chinese tourists, are very advancing with the various digital technologies, so they have been striving to be as local as possible in this respect. For example, Finnair has long cooperated with China UnionPay to open the UnionPay card payment on the official website. In 2017, Finnair became the first airline in the world to use Alipay as a means of payment on board. In the future, Finnair will spare no effort to continue to do digital products and services for Asia.

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SAS To Double Its Capacity In June

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Parked SAS Fleet
As more and more countries are easing travel restrictions, SAS, the flag carrier of 3 nordic countries which has cancelled nearly all flights since March, has released a statement in which it will join a growing number of its European counterparts to resume flights to several destinations from June onwards. These routes are primarily domestic flights within and between the Scandinavian countries, with flights to New York, Chicago and Amsterdam from Copenhagen are also set to resume. Scandinavian Airlines’ decision on resuming flights and adding existing service frequencies in all three countries means that SAS is set to double its capacity in June, increasing from having the equivalent of 15 aircraft in service to 30.

SAS has taken a number of measures to ensure your safety and well-being on board.
SAS has taken a number of measures to ensure your safety and well-being on board.

From Copenhagen, SAS is resuming international flights to Amsterdam, New York and Chicago.

SAS has already restored all of its domestic destinations in Norway, it will now add two more Norwegian destinations to Copenhagen from Bergen and Stavanger and one of its strategic oil route from Stavanger to Aberdeen.

In Sweden, SAS is adding four domestic destinations from Arlanda; Malmö, Ängelholm, Kalmar and Skellefteå. SAS is also resuming 2 international routes from Stockholm to Helsinki and Turku, in Finland.



Date of resumptionRoutes
From 1 JuneARN-SFTStockholm – Skellefteå
From 2 JuneCPH-AARCopenhagen – Aarhus
From 8 JuneCPH-AMSCopenhagen – Amsterdam
CPH-BGOCopenhagen –  Bergen
CPH-SVGCopenhagen – Stavanger
SVG-ABZStavanger – Aberdeen
ARN-HELStockholm – Helsinki
ARN-TKUStockholm – Turku
ARN-MMXStockholm – Malmö
ARN-KLRStockholm – Kalmar
From 10 JuneCPH-EWRCopenhagen – New York
CPH-ORDCopenhagen – Chicago
From 15 JuneARN-AGHStockholm – Ängelholm

Updates To SAS Traffic Operation, June 2020

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Aegean Airlines Gradually Resumes Flights With Limited International Frequencies

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Aegean Airlines A320 Fleet
Greece has entered the third phase of “unlocking” this week, and domestic and international flights have gradually returned. Aegean Airlines issued a statement on May 18, announcing a series of measures and flexible ticketing policies. Aegean Airlines’ president said in an interview that the company suffered serious losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year may be the worst year in the company’s history. At present, Aegean Airlines has resumed flights between the main mainland and Crete, and other islands will resume flights in the next few weeks. In terms of international flights, Aegean Airlines will first resume round-trip flights between Athens and Munich, Frankfurt, Geneva and Zurich, and increased frequencies for their only non-suspended route to Brussels.

Aegean Airlines A320
Aegean Airlines A320

AEGEAN, a Star Alliance member airline, has been maintaining all domestic destinations with limited frequency flight service since 26 March, in an effort to facilitate minimum essential for the island’s needs and a small number of weekly flights from Athens to Brussels in order to maintain the country’s connectivity with the EU’s administrative centre.

Aegean Airlines also operated numerous humanitarian cargo flights for medical and pharmaceutical supplies transportation from China to Greece and Cyprus, in cooperation with the relevant authorities, the airline has operated repatriation flights from various international destinations. 


AEGEAN gradually adds frequencies on domestic network

Following the gradual ease of travel restrictions within Greece and entry regulations to other European countries gradually to be announced, AEGEAN will be enhancing connectivity in its domestic network.

As of May 18th, AEGEAN will be gradually increasing capacity to Heraklion, Chania, Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis, while additional frequencies will be added to Rhodes, Corfu, Mytilene, Chios, Samos and other domestic destinations, as of May 25th.   


AEGEAN will gradually restore international operations

By the end of May, AEGEAN will gradually restore international operations to some major European destinations. In particular, AEGEAN plans to restart operations from its Athens hub to Munich, Zurich, Frankfurt and Geneva, initially within a limited frequency. At the same time, more flights will be operated to Brussels, which is the only international destination that hasn’t been suspended. 



AEGEAN is willing to gradually restore its network with extreme cautiousness, as stated in the airline’s press statement. While fully respecting the tremendous national effort to control the COVID-19 outbreak within the country, Aegean Airlines’ utmost priority is still to assist authorities in developing relevant health protocols for both passengers and crews.

AEGEAN has already enhanced the increased precautionary measures while boarding and during a flight in preparation for the resumption of flight services, including the mandatory use of a mask during flight, alongside the aircraft cleaning and disinfection processes, and is in close cooperation with the relevant authorities in order to implement additional safety measures with respect to social distancing and sanitation, upon official announcements.


An Aegean Airlines Airbus A320neo in its brand new livery, Greece, May 11, 2020.
An Aegean Airlines Airbus A320neo in its brand new livery, Greece, May 11, 2020. Image Rights: REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Board Chairman of Aegean Airlines Eftychios Vassilakis told Reuters during an interview stated that Aegean Airlines “burns” 40 million euros every month, and the fixed expenses only cost 25 million euros per month. “The company” burns money “in order to continue flying. Vasilakis said that during the crisis, the Greek government provided financial support to Aegean Airlines. As “You cannot afford to be one of the very few airlines in Europe that have not been helped.” But he did not specify the form and details of the funding.

By the end of the year, AEGEAN will be operating its whole fleet with 65 planes, including the first 6 Airbus A320/321neo aircraft, making it one of the youngest fleet in Europe. Vasilyakis also said that Aegean will be resuming 25% before July and 50% before September, under a best-case scenario,

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