Finnair is launching widebody passenger aircraft on its daily Brussels (BRU) frequencies twice a week to optimise its widebody network while cutting its freighter service.
Finnair Cargo said the addition of A330/A350 widebody passenger aircraft on Finnair’s Brussels frequencies is a huge boost for cargo customers because it means a quicker run-through for goods in Helsinki, with the possibility of same-day connections saving up to 24 hours.
Upgrading the Brussels service with wide-bodies to ensure same-day connections in Helsinki means the freighter service will be discontinued as Finnair says it wants to focus more on enhancing connectivity with its wide-body operations.
And with the addition of the larger aircraft, Asia and Brussels frequencies operated with wide-body aircraft will benefit from the matching ULD dimensions, which will “dramatically speed up transit in Helsinki,” the carrier says.
Fredrik Wildtgrube, head of Global Sales at Finnair Cargo, is upbeat on the new A330/A350 capacity and the opportunities presented by same-day connections.
“It’s been a chief priority to add widebody aircraft to the Brussels route because it allows us to speed up the service,” Wildgrube says. “Finnair is already very competitively positioned as far as Asia connectivity is concerned and matching up wide-body routes strengthens our hand further. It’s hard to dismiss a time saving of up to 24 hours if you’re a shipper.”
“These additions are a direct response to the strong demand and wishes from our customers and serve both our Nordic customers as well as our customers connecting from Asia,” says Juha Järvinen, chief commercial officer at Finnair.
From Spring 2019 season onward, AY1541/2 on a Wednesday will be operated with an A330 and on Saturday will be operated with an A350.