Life after the MD-11F era for Finnair

The end of December 2014 will mark a key moment in Finnair Cargo’s history as the era of long-haul MD-11 freighter flights will be discontinued.


Life after the MD-11F era for Finnair


The end of December 2014 will mark a key moment in Finnair Cargo’s history as the era of long-haul MD-11 freighter flights will be discontinued. “This was a difficult decision to make, and we played out quite a few scenarios internally. With that said, the final decision was clear:

Finnair Cargo does not see long-haul freighter operations with an MD-11 as a sustainable solution in today’s market situation laden with elements such as overcapacity, deteriorating yields and fluctuating currencies,” said Mikko Turtiainen, Finnair Cargo VP Global Sales of the decision.

At the same time, however, Finnair Cargo’s growth strategy will start to kick in with the first batch of A350 aircraft added to the Finnair network during the final quarter of 2015. Finnair is the first European airline to receive the A350s and the acquisition of the new longhaul aircraft will enable it to double its long-haul capacity from its Helsinki hub.

By 2020, Finnair Cargo will offer belly capacity on over 140 weekly long-haul flights from Helsinki, Turtiainen said.

“This long-haul belly growth brings new requirements for Finnair Cargo. We will need to develop our service to and from mainland Europe, which basically means improving our lead times between Europe and Asia, and in the other direction as well. An example of this was the opening of our Brussels hub in April 2013, which established a stronger presence in the ‘heart of Europe’,” he said.