Finnair who are withdrawing their Mumbai services for the summer, has decided to resume its Mumbai operations from October with it’s newly inducted Airbus A330-300 fleet.
Kari Stolbow, director for the Indian subcontinent has indicated to IANS the carrier will re-start Mumbai services from October 18, 2009. For the first week, Finnair will operate the older Boeing MD-11, after which they will deploy the A330-300 aircraft.
On May 1, Finnair upgraded the five times weekly Delhi-Helsinki-New York service with the recently inducted A330-300’s. Finnair is targeting the India-US traffic with a total flight time of 16 hours and 45 minutes, just one hour more than a non-stop flight, which includes a 40 minute transit time at Helsinki. The Delhi services are expected to be increased to a daily by August.
With a morning departure, Stolbow positions the Delhi flight saying
You can have breakfast in Delhi, lunch at Helsinki and tea in New York
India was the top growth market for Finnair in Asia, which accounts for 40 percent of its revenues. The recent signs of revival in the Indian economy has obviously rubbed off positively on the airline’s thinking.
In the past, Stolbow has indicated the carrier’s desire to commence services to Bangalore and other southern Indian cities like Chennai, which is the base for Finnish telecom major Nokia, but the airline was being hampered by a lack of aircraft and limitations of Finalnd’s bi-lateral agreement with India.