Portail Aeronautique et Spatial - Annuaire et Agenda Aero et Espace - Actualites aerospatiales - Chroniques aeronautiques de Pierre Sparaco - Evenements aeronautiques - aerospace engineering aerospace jobs aerospace services aerospace company ingenieur aeronautique airbus a 380 global aerospace 2010 aeronautique ecole aeronautique formation aeronautique emploi aeronautique
Portail Aeronautique et Spatial - Annuaire et Agenda Aero et Espace - Actualites aerospatiales - Chroniques et analyses aeronautiques - Global aerospace companies 2010 engineering & services
Finnair and the largest European regional airline, Flybe of the UK, have announced that the companies plan to extend their cooperation to offer cost efficient European connections for Finnairâs passengers. Last year Finnair and Flybe formed Flybe Nordic AB, of which Flybe owns 60 % and Finnair 40 %. The companies have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) according to which Finnair will transfer twelve 100 seat Embraer aircraft, to Flybe. Starting October 2012 Flybe will operate these aircraft on Finnair routes for Finnair. The move is a part of Finnairâs efforts to improve the profitability of its European network, and it offers a platform for growth for Flybe Nordic.
âThis move is a part of our strategy to restore Finnairâs profitabilityâ, says Mika VehvilÃ¤inen, Finnair CEO. âThe MoU covers approximately one third of our European flights. Flybe offers a cost efficient platform for operating this traffic, and enables us to continue to offer a wide network and multiple frequencies to both our Finnish customers and our customers flying between Europe and Finnairâs Asian destinations.â
âTodayâs announcement marks another step in our journey of growth, as we extend further our contract flying operations for Finnair. The extension of the contract flying business is a key part of Flybe Finlandâs strategy, providing the business with a good balance of riskâ, Mike Rutter, Managing Director of Flybe Europe,
From the customer point view, the change will be virtually unnoticed. Finnair continues to be responsible for sales, marketing and customer support, but the flights are operated by Flybe.
Once the agreement is completed, 12 Embraer aircraft and the traffic operated with them transfers from Finnair to Flybe. In connection with this business transfer, cabin attendants and pilots for this traffic will transfer with the business, unless otherwise agreed in negotiations with personnel. Negotiations on cost savings between Finnair and the Finnish Airline Pilots' Association have proceeded in a constructive manner during the spring. If the savings agreement under preparation is completed, pilots transferring to operate Flybe flights would return to Finnair in stages to be trained as Airbus pilots for Finnairâs growing Asian traffic.
Finnair is proceeding on track with its transformation program that targets 140 million euro annual savings to restore profitability and improve competitiveness. Finnair continues to seek to improve the profitability of the rest of its European traffic.
Portail Aeronautique et Spatial - Annuaire et Agenda Aero et Espace - Actualites aerospatiales - Chroniques aeronautiques de Pierre Sparaco - Evenements aeronautiques
aerospace engineering aerospace jobs aerospace services aerospace company ingenieur aeronautique airbus a 380
global aerospace 2010 aeronautique ecole aeronautique formation aeronautique emploi aeronautique