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May 2, 2017

Air Travel: Finnair Ups Capacity, Etihad Upgrades Sydney Route




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From Europe to Australia, here’s a look at the latest air travel developments impacting the meetings and events industry.

Finnair Grows Capacity to Several Lapland Airports for Winter 2017 - 2018

Due to the continued increase in demand for Lapland as a tourist destination, Finnair is growing its capacity to several Lapland airports for the winter 2017 - 2018 season.

Between January 1 and March 24, 2018, Finnair will add four weekly frequencies to Rovaniemi operating on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Finnair will operate the route up to five times daily from Helsinki. Kuusamo will see a 21 percent seat capacity growth with three additional weekly frequencies operating on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays. These flights will be operated mostly with an E90 aircraft.   

In addition, the daily triangle flight which was operated between Helsinki, Ivalo and Kittilä during the last winter season, will now be operated as non-stop flights on both Helsinki-Ivalo and Helsinki-Kittilä routes. The flights will be operated with a mix of Airbus aircraft.   

During the winter 2017 - 2018 season, Finnair will also operate new non-stop flights to Lapland airports from London Gatwick, Paris and Zurich. In total, Finnair will be adding approximately 57,000 seats to its winter capacity in Lapland. 

Visit www.finnair.com

Etihad Airways Upgrades Aircraft on Its Abu Dhabi-Sydney Route

Etihad Airways has announced all 14 weekly flights on the popular Abu Dhabi – Sydney route will be operated with its flagship A380 aircraft, effective October 29.

The current daily A380 Sydney flights will be joined by a second daily superjumbo service, upgraded from a 328-seat Boeing 777-300ER. The announcement comes as Etihad Airways marks the 10th anniversary of flying to Sydney, its first Australian destination. 

Featuring the carrier’s “The Residence,” a three-room suite on a commercial airliner, the additional deployment of the 496-seat double decker aircraft means one of Australia’s largest cities will join London and New York as an all-A380 operation. 

Business and leisure travelers to and from Abu Dhabi, the airline’s operational hub, will enjoy increased capacity. The carrier will meet growing demand from the UAE and connecting cities across the Gulf region, Middle East and Europe.

The Sydney – London Heathrow route, via Abu Dhabi, will also offer guests the consistency, convenience and comfort of a seamless all-A380 service in both directions. Etihad Airways’ three daily London Heathrow flights are operated with an A380. Beginning June 1, the second daily New York service will be upgraded to the superjumbo.

Introduced on the Sydney route two years ago, the A380 accommodates up to two guests in The Residence, which features a living room, bedroom and shower, together with nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios and 415 Economy Smart Seats.

"Sydney is one of our busiest and best performing long-haul routes where we have experienced increased demand, particularly in our premium cabins, since the launch 10 years ago,"  said Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways' CEO, in a written release. 

Visit www.etihad.com


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