Finnair will wet lease an Airbus A330 aircraft and crew from Air Italy for its Chicago and Miami routes from 12-31 October replacing one of the carrier’s long-haul aircraft damaged at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on 25 September.
The airline said it was damaged after high loader accidentally hit it. With the wet lease from Air Italy, Finnair can operate flights to Chicago and Miami normally while the damaged aircraft is being repaired.
Finnair chief operating officer, Jaakko Schildt said: “The aircraft damage in Chicago was very unfortunate. With high-quality wet lease from Air Italy, we can continue operating our Chicago and Miami flights and offer our customers a smooth travel experience regardless of the aircraft change.”
Air Italy aircraft and crew will be operating Finnair flights between Helsinki and Chicago (AY09/AY10) from 12 October 29 October. Finnair has four weekly return flights between Helsinki and Chicago, the flight days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
And five return flights between Helsinki and Miami (AY07/AY08) on 14 October, 16 October, 21 October, 23 October and 30 October.
Finnair has also reported in September, it carried 1,159,400 passengers, 7.8 per cent more than in the corresponding period of 2017. The number of passengers grew in Asian traffic 5.5 per cent, in European traffic 10 per cent and in domestic 3.1 per cent, while it decreased in North American traffic by one per cent.
Finnair’s overall capacity measured in available seat kilometres (ASK) increased in September by 13.2 per cent year-on-year. Finnair’s traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 7.2 per cent. The high ASK growth rate was reflected in the passenger load dactor which decreased year-on-year by -4.6 percentage points to 80.8 per cent.
In September, RPKs grew slower than ASKs which was reflected also in the passenger load factors. RPKs grew by 5.2 per cent in Asian traffic, 12.2 per cent in European traffic and 3.2 per cent in domestic traffic. North American traffic decreased by -1.2 per cent. The PLF was 85.9 per cent in Asian traffic, 76.6 per cent in European traffic, 78.7 per cent in North American traffic, and 64.7 per cent in domestic traffic.
Finnair’s chief financial officer, Pekka Vähähyyppä said: “Demand for air travel remained at a good level throughout the third quarter and we are pleased with our passenger growth. Our capacity continued to grow strongly, despite the cancellations of flights in August and September. As expected, the strong growth in capacity was also reflected as a decline in unit revenue.”