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ShanwickOceanic (netAirspace FAA) 24 May 22, 14:55Post
The flight ban imposed by Russia at the end of February on airlines from 36 countries, including Finland, will remain in force until the end of May, but Finnair has made preparations for a lengthy extension.

The effects of the ban have been taken into account in both the company's summer and winter schedules, says Päivyt Tallqvist, Finnair's communications senior VP.

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Among the highlights:
  • The planned 40 weekly flights to five Japanese destinations has been slashed to seven, all to Tokyo
  • European routes are also being cut due to lack of transfer traffic from the Far East
  • Going around Russia turns a 10-hour Helsinki-Tokyo flight into 13 hours

That last one would presumably put a dent in their utilisation; they were getting insane utilisation on their A350s precisely because the far-east routes were the perfect length to run with one aircraft.
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