By Alan Dron, ATW Daily News
Finnair has contracted two northern European airlines to provide additional capacity over coming months.
The Finnish flag-carrier is leasing an Airbus A320 from Lithuanian airline GetJet from summer 2018 to early 2019, to support the growth in Finnair's traffic. It is also bringing in a Boeing 737-700 from Danish charter and ACMI specialist Jet Time between Mar. 25 and June 7, to cover for changes to the maintenance schedules of Finnair's own fleet over that period.
The GetJet aircraft will operate some of Finnair's flights from Helsinki to Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Krakow and Paphos. The Lithuanian airline will supply the flightdeck crew, while the cabin crew and in-flight service model will be from Finnair.
"We have a record number of flights next summer to both Asia and Europe. The leased aircraft will for its part ensure that we are able to operate all the flights in our traffic plan," Finnair CCO Juha Järvinen said.
The Jet Time aircraft, meanwhile, will operate some flights to and from Berlin, Budapest and Vienna. The Danish carrier will supply both flightdeck and cabin crew, although one Finnair cabin crew member will be allocated to each flight to support the inflight service, which will operate Finnair's food and beverage model.