Finnair is to dismantle and recycle an A319 at Helsinki Airport

Finnair to dismantle and recycle an A319 aircraft

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Finnair is to dismantle and recycle an A319 at Helsinki Airport

Finnair is to dismantle and recycle an Airbus A319 aircraft, following 21 years of service.

“This is the first time that a Finnair aircraft is dismantled and recycled in Finland. We made the decision to take the plane apart at our home hub to optimise sustainability and economics”, said Juha Ojala, Vice President of Finnair’s Technical Operations. “This project allows us to improve the cost efficiency of maintenance operations and employ our mechanics during the pandemic when their normal workload has decreased.”

This is the first time that a commercial aircraft will be dismantled in Finland.

The dismantling will begin at Helsinki Airport, where Finnair’s mechanics will remove parts that can be used elsewhere in Finnair’s fleet. These include the engine, seats, landing gear and avionics components.

“Many parts of the plane that will be dismantled – like landing gear, engines, the auxiliary power unit and avionics – can be utilised in Finnair’s maintenance operations, which supports both sustainability as well as cost efficiency,” Juha Ojala explained. “The parts that will be reused will be carefully inspected and overhauled. Smaller elements, like seat covers or cabin curtains, can also be reused.”

“It’s going to be done in three parts,” said Timo Rossi, Project Manager for Finnair Technical Operations. “Finnair is going to remove bigger components such as the wings, engines, landing gears, auxiliary power unit (APU). Then a couple of hundred other parts will be taken off for eventual use in our active flying fleet.”

Once the component removals have been done by Finnair staff at Helsinki Airport, the remaining parts of the aircraft will be transported to an external partner for further dismantling.

“We’ve calculated the component removals will take roughly eight weeks,” said Rossi. “At Helsinki Airport it will take around a day to cut off the wings and the tail to get the aircraft transported to the final recycling location. The current plan is to start in the middle of February, with the work of our partner finishing in late March or early April.”

Finnair uses VR to visit Santa

Finnair offers festive VR flight

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Finnair uses VR to visit Santa

Finnair, the official airline of Santa, is using virtual reality to offer passengers an immersive 360-degree experience to visit Santa in his hometown of Rovaniemi.

The flights, available from 25 December, have been created by Finnish VR studio Zoan with real-time 3D graphics tool, Unreal Engine. Virtual customers can enjoy a flight on their mobile phones or laptops where they will experience Finnair’s A350 Nordic Business Class. A VR headset can also be used to access a web browser and open a video.

The 30-minute Finnair Virtual Holiday will be broadcasted as a live stream, with refreshments and a business class meal, served by cabin crew.

The VR experience will also offer familiar flight soundscapes and festive decorations. After landing in the wintry city of Rovaniemi, customers will be able to cross the Arctic Circle and enter Santa’s cabin to meet Santa Claus himself.

Passengers who board the virtual flight will be supporting UNICEF’s work to slow the spread of Covid-19 and minimise the pandemic’s impact on children worldwide.

Mikko Turtiainen, Finnair VP of Global Sales, said: “Thanks to the magic of Virtual Reality, Finnair can ‘fly’ families to Rovaniemi in Lapland – despite the travel restrictions – to enjoy a winter wonderland and meet Santa. I hope this brings a big smile to those participating.”

Tiina Tissari, VP of Customer Experience and Products at Finnair, commented: “We think VR is an important tool which could be used to complement the physical in-flight experience. Customers could, for instance, choose their holiday destination or make travel plans by checking out sights and locations through VR. We also believe the in-flight experience will become more personalised so that customers can customise and enhance their journey to fit their individual needs and preferences. VR could also be a valuable tool here.”

Finnair has partnered with K-Store to sell its signature blueberry juice

Finnair sells signature drink across Finland

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Finnair has partnered with K-Store to sell its signature blueberry juice

Finnair has made its signature blueberry juice drink available to buy in K-group grocery stores across Finland.

First introduced in 2014, the airline serves approximately one million litres of the drink on board Finnair flights every single year.

Finnair’s branded blueberry juice drink is produced in Turku on the southwest coast of Finland, by leading European juice producer, Eckes-Granini.

In keeping with Finland’s and Finnair’s commitment to sustainability, the airline’s blueberry juice is manufactured with 100% renewable energy.

Marika Nieminen, VP Finnair Kitchen, said: “Blueberry juice has been a distinctive part of the Finnair customer experience and it is loved by many of our customers.

“We wanted to offer this delicious drink, which has become a firm favourite of the Finnair in-flight experience to our customers who have a taste for travel and want to enjoy Finnair from the comfort of their own homes.”

In October, Finnair began selling ready-made Business Class-inspired meals in supermarkets so customers could enjoy a ‘Taste of Finnair’ in their own home.

As well as offering those missing flying the ability to recreate the inflight dining experience on the ground, the initiative also helped secure the jobs of catering staff who were called back from furlough, because of the pandemic.

Taste of Finnair meal packaging

Finnair brings in-flight dining home

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Taste of Finnair meal packaging

Finnish flag carrier Finnair has begun trialling the sale of ready-made Nordic in-flight Business Class-inspired meals.

The ready-made meals are just available in one Finnish store – the K-Citymarket Tammisto, located near Helsinki Airport, in the city of Vantaa. If the pilot is successful, Finnair could increase production and expand to other stores.

The specially developed concept meals have been designed by Finnair’s own top chefs and hand-made in the airline’s dedicated Finnair Kitchen. Helsinki customers can now choose from the airline’s fusion of Finnish and Asian signature dishes, such as Finnish reindeer and beef in teriyaki-radish sauce.

Marika Nieminen, Finnair Kitchen VP, said: “We want to offer the opportunity for a Finnair experience and everyday luxury at home, now that travel has been restricted in many ways.

“At the same time, this is a new business opening for us and employs our chefs in Vantaa. As so many of Finnair Kitchen’s employees are temporarily laid off, the project enables us to create new work and employment for our people.”

Juha Stenholm, Finnair Kitchen Head of Product Development, said: “The meals are inspired by Nordic and Japanese flavours and seasonal ingredients. The menus include, for example, Finnish reindeer and beef in teriyaki-radish sauce, which draws on Tokyo’s street food culture.

“Our food cultures are united by the appreciation and emphasis of ingredients and their natural flavours in food, and it is evident in these meals as well. We are excited to bring flavours from our Business Class easily available to the grocery store.”

Kimmo Sivonen, K-Citymarket merchant, based at Tammisto, said: “It is very important for us to provide our customers with quality food, easily and effortlessly: ready-made portions bring variety to home-made cooking.

Two main course options are available throughout the week from Monday to Sunday and an additional appetiser from Friday to Sunday. The menu changes every two weeks.

Magnetic MRO has completed Finnair’s ATR programme. During the course of the near year-long programme, 12 aircraft underwent interior modifications and 11 of them received new liveries.

Magnetic MRO completes ATR programme for Finnair

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Magnetic MRO has completed Finnair’s ATR programme. During the course of the near year-long programme, 12 aircraft underwent interior modifications and 11 of them received new liveries.

Magnetic MRO has completed Finnair’s ATR programme. During the course of the near year-long programme, 12 aircraft underwent interior modifications and 11 of them received new liveries.

“Finnair ATR 72 interior and exterior refurbishment programme was a complex process which involved multiple Magnetic MRO departments, including painting, line maintenance and interior production. The synergy between them was outstanding thus we are extremely happy with the results and the positive feedback received from our client,” said Rihards Priedkalns, Aircraft Paintshop Manager at Magnetic MRO.

The contract for complete paint work, full interior refurbishment and maintenance on all 12 of the airline’s ATR 72 fleet operated for Finnair by its partner company Norra was signed in spring 2019 and the first aircraft was delivered from Magnetic MRO’s Tallinn hangars to the customer on 8 May 2019.

For Magnetic MRO’s Interior team, this project involved producing the largest number of new details for an aircraft that the company has ever manufactured for a single interior project, like new kick strips, stickers, latches and hinges for overhead bins, and other design elements.

As of the beginning of July, Finnair has begun providing passengers with a new ‘Clean Kit’, containing a hand sanitiser, surface wipes, and an information leaflet packaged within an envelope that acts as a waste container.

Finnair distributes ‘Clean Kit’

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As of the beginning of July, Finnair has begun providing passengers with a new ‘Clean Kit’, containing a hand sanitiser, surface wipes, and an information leaflet packaged within an envelope that acts as a waste container.

As of the beginning of July, Finnair has begun providing passengers with a new ‘Clean Kit’, containing a hand sanitiser, surface wipes, and an information leaflet packaged within an envelope that acts as a waste container.

Karim Al-Soufi, Finnair Vice President of Customer Experience, said: “Travelling with Finnair will feel different than before, with changes to our services and new types of procedures in place, such as the mandatory use of a mask on our flights.”

The kit has a special sustainable focus and features artwork by Finnish artist Reeta Ek. The paper product has been sourced using sustainable Finnish forestry fibers and the hand sanitiser has been supplied by Kyrö distillery. Better known for their award-winning world-famous gin, Kyrö changed its production focus to hand sanitiser to help combat COVID-19.

To prevent the coronavirus transmission, the wearing of masks by all customers and crew will continue to be mandatory throughout the entire journey, except during dining.

Customers are requested to ensure they bring enough masks for their journey, however, a limited supply will be available onboard upon request.

“We are delighted to be able to bring back familiar elements of our valued customer service while still taking good care of the hygiene and safety of our customers and staff.”

During July and August, the airline’s in-flight service will expand with coffee, tea, juice and water being served in economy class on short European routes (such as to Stockholm) and on Finnish domestic services.

On longer European flights, customers will be served a biscuit or a sandwich, depending on the length of the route. On long-haul flights, Finnair’s service returns closer to normal in both Economy Class and Business Class. However, the range of special meals and alcoholic beverages is still limited.

To limit the exposure of surface to touch, Finnair has also temporarily reduced the size of permitted hand luggage for customers. The new dimensions of hand luggage (55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm) has been slightly reduced from 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm.

Economy Class carry-on baggage allowance is for one piece of hand luggage and a small personal item with dimensions of 40 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm. The total weight of hand luggage and personal belongings may not exceed 8 kg.

Business Class customers will notice a slight change with up to two pieces of hand luggage allowed to now include one personal item, such as a handbag, with a total weight of up to 10 kg.

Finnair tail fin

Finnair wants to banish its carbon footprint

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“The most ambitious sustainability strategy in the aviation industry to banish carbon from its operations,” has been unveiled by Finnair.

Addressing a small group of journalists in London, Topi Manner, Finnair CEO, said: “Aviation is a fast-paced industry subject to many changes, and everything impacts it. Maintaining a long-term perspective at all times, in all market situations is key. The plans we announced today prepare us for the next 100 years of Finnair’s future.”

The airline aims to reduce its net emissions by 50% by the end of 2025 from the 2019 baseline and achieve carbon neutrality latest by 2045. To help achieve this, Finnair will propose at its Annual General Meeting an amendment to the Articles of Association, to enable it to engage in activities which increase the positive effects and reduce the negative impact of its business on the environment and society.

Anne Larilahti, Finnair Vice President of Sustainability, said: “The ambitious targets we have announced today are achievable through the tangible steps which we know will make a real contribution to CO2 reduction.”

Managing weight and fuel is key in reducing the CO2 emissions from Finnair flight operations. Finnair has developed a plan to reduce unnecessary weight from each aircraft, and to operate flights more fuel efficiently. The target is to reduce fuel consumption by 15,000 tonnes per year.

As part of this, from 29 April, Finnair will remove travel retail sales from its short-haul European fleet and focus on pre-orders, reducing on average 50-100 kg from each flight, resulting in a total decrease of 70,000 kg in fuel consumption per year and 220,000 kg of CO2 emissions.

Finnair will also remove 230 tonnes of plastic from its flights, cutting single-use plastics in half by the end of 2022. In 2019, Finnair removed 80,000 kg of plastic through increased recycling and smarter material choices.

The airline will replace plastic cutlery from economy cabin dining with more sustainable knives, forks and spoons, thus reducing a further 53 tonnes of plastic from its flights per year.

To counter CO2 generated by meat production and cater to changing tastes, Finnair will also be introducing more vegetarian meal options for customers during 2020. The airline will take action to reduce food waste in catering operations by 50% by the end of 2022.