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TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Karair

Founded in 1947 as Karhumäki Airways, the Finnish airline was established as a subsidiary of aircraft maintenance and manufacturing company, Veljekset Karhumäki Oy. Scheduled passenger service began in 1951 between numerous domestic cities and the Finnish capital of Helsinki. In that same year, the airline launched their very first international flight to Stockholm. In January 1957, the carrier was reorganized as Kar-Air, and then again to Karair in 1980. Shortly after their major rebranding in 1962, Aero O/Y acquired an…

Finnair Targets First A350 Flight to the United States

Finland's flag carrier, Finnair, is hoping to become the first airline to operate its Airbus A350-900XWB to the United States. The airline is expecting to begin service to New York's JFK in December, with discussions between the airline and the airport on-going, details are expected to be confirmed within the next…

Finnair’s First A350 XWB Makes Its Maiden Flight

Finland's flag carrier Finnair has seen its first Airbus A350-900 XWB embark on its maiden flight out of Toulouse. The aircraft, registered F-WZFM, took off at 11:20UTC on September 16th from Airbus' headquarters in southern France before conducting its initial flight tests lasting around six hours. [caption id="attachment_3088" align="alignright" width="300"] Finnair A350…

The Near Future of the Airbus A350

As of now, only four airlines have released details about their A350 aircraft: Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Qatar Airways and Vietnam Airlines.  Qatar has already commenced A350 operations, while Cathay Pacific,  Finnair and Vietnam Airlines are still awaiting delivery of their A350 aircraft. [caption id="attachment_1401" align="alignright" width="300"] Finnair A350 Economy Class…

The Future of the Airbus A350 XWB

[caption id="attachment_107" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo: Airbus[/caption] This wide-bodied jet airliner, the A350 XWB, will finally be taking the skies for commercial flights with Qatar airways. Qatar has ordered 80 of these aircraft with one already delivered on the Dec. 23rd 2014. This airline has the most orders of the A350…

The Future of the A350 WXB

[caption id="attachment_553" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo via Airbus[/caption] This wide-bodied jet airliner, the A350 XWB, will finally be taking the skies for commercial flights with Qatar airways. Qatar has ordered 80 of these aircraft with one already delivered on the Dec. 23rd 2014. This airline has the most orders of the…