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Finnair reports a slight uptick in passenger traffic in May



In May, Finnair carried 82,800 passengers, which was 210.4% more than in May 2020. The COVID-19 impact was clearly visible already then as Finnair operated only a minimum network due to strict and extensive travel restrictions. The number of passengers in May 2021 was 2.3% more than in April 2021 (month-on-month figures are not fully comparable as there is one day less in April compared to May).

The COVID-19 impact, including the exceptionally strict travel restrictions imposed by several countries, still affected all passenger traffic figures. It was visible especially in the North Atlantic and Asian figures. The overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) increased in May by 318.3% year-on-year but decreased by 0.6% month-on-month. Finnair operated 65 daily flights (cargo-only included) on average which was 80.6% more than in May 2020 but 3.0% less than in April 2021. The differences between capacity figures compared to May 2020 are explained by the longer average stage length of operated flights and by the larger gauge of operated aircraft. Finnair’s traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) increased by 305.9% year-on-year and by 9.1% month-on-month. The Passenger Load Factor (PLF) decreased by 0.9% points to 29.0% year-on-year but increased by 2.6% points month-on-month.

The ASK increase in Asian as well as in North Atlantic traffic was 100.0% year-on-year as there were no related passenger flights in May 2020. In European traffic, the ASKs were up by 67.6%. The ASKs in domestic traffic increased by 141.7%.

RPKs increased in Asian and North Atlantic traffic by 100.0% year-on-year, in European traffic by 193.8% and in domestic traffic by 257.8%.

The PLF was 11.8% in Asian traffic but it was supported by the strong cargo operations and a high cargo load factor. The PLF was 22.7% in North Atlantic traffic, 49.6% in European traffic and 69.9% in domestic traffic.

Passenger numbers increased in Asian and North Atlantic traffic by 100.0% year-on-year, in European traffic by 179.2% and in domestic traffic by 239.6%.

In May, available scheduled cargo tonne kilometres increased by 2,736.6% year-on-year (decreased by 4.6% month-on-month) and revenue scheduled cargo tonne kilometres increased by 6,145.3% (decreased by 7.7% month-on-month), both due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on scheduled flights especially Asian and North Atlantic traffic in May 2020. However, cargo related available tonne kilometres increased only by 43.4% year-on-year (decreased by 15.3% month-on-month) and revenue tonne kilometres increased by 62.3% (decreased by 16.2% month-on-month) as they both also include the cargo-only flights operated mainly between Europe and Asia as well as Europe and North America. Cargo-only tonnes were down by 1.4% year-on-year and by 19.0% month-on-month. The total cargo tonnes increased by 53.6% year-on-year but decreased by 14.6% month-on-month. Demand for the cargo capacity remained strong especially in Asian traffic. As a result, the cargo load factor was higher than in the corresponding period of 2020.

In May, 94.9% of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (96.5%).

Traffic statistics for June 2021 will be published on Wednesday 7 July 2021.

Finnair Traffic Performance May 2021
Month % Change YTD % Change
Total traffic
Passengers 1,000 82.8 210.4 422.9 -84.3
Available seat kilometres mill 410.7 318.3 2,025.6 -79.5
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 119.1 305.9 534.8 -92.4
Passenger load factor % 29.0 -0.9p 26.4 -45.2p
Cargo tonnes total 6,765.5 53.6 34,099.3 -6.4
Available tonne kilometres mill 141.8 33.7 715.6 -55.0
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 60.3 81.5 298.6 -65.5
Passengers 1.000 Asia 3.5 100.0 16.0 -96.6
Available seat kilometres mill Asia 221.2 100.0 1,112.3 -76.3
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Asia 26.1 100.0 119.8 -96.7
Passenger load factor % Asia 11.8 N/A 10.8 -65.6p
Passengers 1.000 Europe 55.0 179.2 216.9 -86.0
Available seat kilometres mill Europe 150.5 67.6 640.4 -83.0
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Europe 74.6 193.8 278.2 -88.9
Passenger load factor % Europe 49.6 21.3p 43.4 -23.1p
North Atlantic
Passengers 1.000 North Atlantic 0.6 100.0 1.0 -98.8
Available seat kilometres mill North Atlantic 18.7 100.0 54.8 -93.5
Revenue passenger kilometres mill North Atlantic 4.2 100.0 6.7 -99.0
Passenger load factor % North Atlantic 22.7 N/A 12.3 -64.1p
Passengers 1.000 Domestic 23.7 239.6 189.0 -68.6
Available seat kilometres mill Domestic 20.3 141.7 218.2 -63.4
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Domestic 14.2 257.8 130.0 -63.7
Passenger load factor % Domestic 69.9 22.7p 59.6 -0.6p
Cargo Traffic
Europe tonnes 162.6 -1.9 871.8 -87.7
North Atlantic tonnes 149.8 100.0 460.3 -81.7
Asia tonnes 2,263.8 100.0 11,542.4 -44.3
Domestic tonnes 24.0 39.0 136.1 -5.3
Cargo scheduled traffic total tonnes 2,600.1 1,321.4 13,010.7 -57.3
Cargo flights tonnes** 4,165.4 -1.4 21,088.6 251.9
Cargo Traffic tonnes total 6,765.5 53.6 34,099.3 -6.4
Available tonne kilometres* mill 60.1 43.4 307.1 -27.3
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 49.7 62.3 251.3 7.9
Available sched. cargo tonne kms* mill 22.6 2,736.6 111.7 -69.3
Revenue sched. cargo tonne kms mill 18.5 6,145.3 92.5 -51.3
Cargo load factor* % 82.6 9.6p 81.8 26.7p
– North-Atlantic cargo load factor* % 78.9 N/A 81.1 15.0p
– Asia cargo load factor* % 85.3 N/A 86.0 30.1p
Scheduled traffic Cargo load factor* % 81.8 44.6p 82.8 30.7p

* Based on average operational cargo capacity

** Including purchased traffic

  • Change %: Change compared to the figures of the respective periods in the previous year (p = points).
  • Available seat kilometres. ASK: Total number of seats available. multiplied by the number of kilometres flown.
  • Revenue passenger kilometres. RPK: Number of revenue passengers carried. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Passenger load factor: Share of revenue passenger kilometres of available seat kilometres.
  • Available tonne kilometres. ATK: Number of tonnes of capacity for carriage of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Revenue tonne kilometres. RTK: Total revenue load consisting of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Overall load factor: Share of revenue tonne kilometres of available tonne kilometres.

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This Ultra High Tech Business Class Seat Can Remember Who You Are



Wouldn’t it be great to board a plane and have your business class seat remember the perfect position for your inflight comfort? It would be even better if it could also remember how warm or cool you like your space, and the lighting you enjoy at different stages of the journey. That’s exactly what the Waterfront seat from Panasonic intends to do. Let’s take a look.

Panasonic Waterfront Seat
The Waterfront seat will remember your preferences. Photo: Teague

The next generation of business class

Business class seats have come a long way since the first herringbone configuration debuted on British Airways. Modern business class not only lets fliers lie fully flat for their trip; it also brings new standards of entertainment, space and privacy. But Panasonic, in partnership with Teague and Formation Design Group, wants to kick things up a notch from here.

Debuted at the Consumer Electronic Show no less than five years ago, Waterfront is designed to be everything a business class seat should be, and a whole lot more besides. This next-generation seat takes technological integration to the next level, bringing everything from smartphone control to unprecedented personalization for a more unique travel experience.

Panasonic Waterfront Seat
The seat ticks all the usual PaxEx boxes. Photo: Teague

From an airline perspective, it’s an easy design to accommodate, as it relies on the reverse herringbone layout that is so familiar to premium cabins. For passengers, it ticks all the boxes of direct aisle access, a door for privacy and copious amounts of personal space. But let’s take a look at what makes this seat a little bit different.

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What’s good about Waterfront?

For starters, Waterfront has been built for optimal passenger comfort. The shape and position of the back and base cushions have been developed through an extensive study of user behavior. Building on research, real-life analysis was conducted with users of the Jazz seat, allowing Panasonic and its partners to develop a supportive, ergonomic shape for the seat.

Back, leg and headrests are all infinitely repositionable, letting users choose their favorite position. Not only that, but heating, cooling and airflow is supplied in localized zones, with passengers able to choose what temperatures and ventilation they get, and where. Full control of the LED lighting color and intensity will let passengers create their own bespoke ambiance while occupying the seat.

Panasonic Waterfront Seat
Customize your suite with smartphone controls. Photo: Teague

All the settings can be controlled from the passenger’s own smartphone. Here, they can also control what content they view on the massive 24 inch UHD 4K TV screen, as well as ordering snacks and drinks direct from the IFE. They can even take a selfie during the flight using the built-in camera on the IFE monitor, and then share it to their social media using the onboard WiFi!

Panasonic Waterfront Seat
Get suggestions for your favorite food, beverages and entertainment. Photo: Teague

But the icing on the cake is the next-level personalization of the Waterfront seat. As soon as a passenger boards, they are prompted to link their smartphone to the IFE system. At this point, the system will remember them from their former flights, and will make suggestions for entertainment, food and drink based on their previous choices.

They can even save seat positions and heat/light options in the app, so the seat immediately returns to their favorite position on boarding. And if that smartphone battery runs low, wireless charging surfaces in the pod will keep it topped up.

When will we see it on planes?

The Waterfront was revealed in 2016, but was not intended to be ready for airlines until around last year. Given the slowdown in aviation and the world in general over the past 18 months, it’s no surprise that it hasn’t been taken up by any airlines yet.

There’s also something of a challenge to overcome before we see Waterfront in the premium cabin of our favorite airline. For the most part, seats are designed in isolation of all the other perks of premium cabins. To offer a fully rolled-up product like this is a challenging concept for airlines, who are more used to selecting IFE screens and providers themselves.

Nevertheless, investing in a fully equipped product could well be beneficial for airlines, having only one supplier to deal with in the event of a problem. But it’s still a relatively new concept, and not one that has been fully embraced to date.

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Qatar Airways Qsuite Vs Emirates Business Class – Which Is Better?



Business class is getting better all the time. Flat beds are, of course, now standard, and many airlines go further with suite-style seating and facilities such as onboard bars. In this article, we take a look at two of the best business class products – from Middle Eastern airlines Qatar Airways and Emirates.

Qatar Airways Qsuites
The Qsuite is one of the best business class products around. Photo: Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Qsuite

Qatar Airways offers one of the best business class products with its Qsuite. The Qsuite is offered on the A350-1000 and some A350-900 and 777-300 aircraft, but not the A380.

The Qsuite is a spacious suite-style product. There is a seat, which converts to a fully flat bed, and a sizeable ottoman next to it. This can be lowered for more space or raised to use as an armrest. There is a small fixed table as well as a much larger pull-out table for work or dining.

The Qsuite is renowned as one of the best business class products in the world. Photo: Qatar Airways

Seats alternate backward and forwards, which can take some getting used to, but doesn’t diminish the product, and allows middle seats to be combined in a unique manner. The middle seats can be joined together in groups of two or four to create private cabins, an interesting option for both families and business travelers.

Where the Qsuite really sets itself apart, for business class, is with its closing door. These are fully closable private suites, not a partial door, as seen, for example, with the British Airways Club Suite.

Qsuite has led to Qatar Airways winning the award for best business class with Skytrax World Airline Awards in 2018 and 2019. Simple Flying reviewed it on a 16-hour flight to Los Angles.

The four person suite makes family travel or business meetings simple. Photo: Qatar Airways

Emirates business class

Emirates has a new business class on the A380 and an older one on its Boeing 777 fleet. The A380 product is much better, with open suites arranged in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration. Each seat has a full-length table area next to it and plenty of storage space.

It is not as spacious as the Qsuite overall, though. Both are comparable in width, but the Qsuite offers an impressive total length/pitch of 103 inches, compared to 72 inches with Emirates (based on information from Seatguru).

There is also a great bar area on the A380. One disadvantage though is the size of the cabin. With 14 rows of business on the upper deck, it can be noisy and lack privacy.

Emirates A380 business class
Business class on the A380, great seats but a huge cabin. Photo: Emirates

There is a different product on the 777 fleet, however, which is unfortunately not as good. The seats are standard business class seats (not suites) arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration.  These have much less space than the suite-style seats, and the possibility of being stuck in a middle seat. This is due to be replaced on the new 777X but will be around for a while yet.

Emirates 777 business class
A stylish but older style business class is offered on the Emirates 777. Photo: Emirates

Emirates has a significant advantage over Qatar Airways, and most other airlines, though. It offers a complimentary chauffeur service to and from the airport in most of its destinations. This is an excellent end-to-end offering that makes business class travel feel more relaxed and efficient.

Which one is best? Qatar just gets ahead

You can’t go wrong with either Qatar Airways or Emirates business class. They both offer some of the best seats of any airline, excellent onboard service, and a bar/lounge area. Overall the excellent seat, with its extra space, privacy, and ability to combine multiple seats makes Qatar our top choice.

Remember as well that both airlines have a different business class product on other aircraft. This is better with Qatar Airways, in our opinion, so you are less likely to end up with a lower standard product for any connecting flights. This will improve when Emirates introduces the 777X, but its current 777 business class is a letdown in comparison.

On the ground, both airlines offer top-grade lounges, but Emirates may have the edge here with its included chauffeur service.

Qatar Airways also has another advantage in being in the oneworld alliance. This makes its business class more accessible to frequent flyers and is bookable as a mileage award with any of the other oneworld airlines. To book an award ticket with Emirates, you would need to be a miles collector with them.

Have you flown business class with Qatar Airways or Emirates? Let us know your thoughts and preferences in the comments.

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Cool And Unique: The Story Of British Mediterranean Airways



British Mediterranean Airways – or BMED – was a unique UK carrier. Operating until October 2007, it focused exclusively on thinner destinations from London Heathrow across the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa using a fleet of up to 11 A320s and A321s. We take a look at BMED.

British Mediterranean, as it was initially called, operated independently at first. Photo: Aero Icarus via Wikimedia.

BMED’s first flight departed from Heathrow in October 1994 bound for Beirut. It was operated by G-MEDA, an A320 delivered directly to the carrier. Now over 27 years old, ‘Delta Alpha left BMED in early 2006,’s database indicates. It has since worked for Indian Airlines, Air India, and Afghanistan’s Kam Air, and it is now with Iran Aseman.

About 10 years of BMED’s 13-year existence was as a franchisee of BA. Photo: Torsten Maiwald via Wikimedia.

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First British Airways and then bmi

British Airways and BMED entered a franchise agreement in 1997, whereby the pair would collaborate rather than directly compete. This lasted for the bulk of BMED’s existence. As is the case with franchises, customers would have barely noticed which airline was operating the flights. BMED’s aircraft were painted in full BA livery, with the same product and cabin crew uniforms.

From BA’s perspective, the agreement was partly to remove competition, but also to add multiple new destinations that it could not really operate itself. It also benefited financially from the franchise fees paid by BMED. For BMED, it was to benefit from the marketing strength of BA and hopefully more passengers and revenue as a result.

Towards the end of BMED’s existence, it suffered from large losses, the main owners pulling out, and difficulty in obtaining additional capital. This wasn’t helped by wars and other instability in some of its key destinations. bmi purchased BMED in 2007 for £30 million, plus debt, with the end of BMED coming on October 27th, 2007 – almost exactly 13 years after its first flight took off.

G-MEDF was delivered to British Mediterranean in 2002, before transferring to bmi and ultimately to BA. It is still with BA. Photo: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt via Wikimedia.

18 thinner, exotic destinations

In 2006, the year before the acquisition by bmi, BMED had a total of 7,696 two-way flights for BA, with almost 1.2 million seats. The carrier had less than 2% of all BA seats from Heathrow, analyzing Cirium data confirms.

In this final full year, BMED’s Heathrow network comprised 18 destinations – including Aleppo and Damascus in Syria, as shown in the following map, well before the war started. Virtually all destinations saw BMED as the only British operator, and for a number of destinations, it was the only carrier offering service from London.

BMED’s destinations from London Heathrow in 2006. All were served as part of the franchise with BA. Image: GCMap.

One-stops were vital

Many destinations operated on a one-stop basis, with this set up absolutely vital, without which they probably wouldn’t be served at all. Indeed, one-stops were vital both for increasing traffic but also because of range issues due to narrowbody service. However, they were costly and more complex to operate.

There are many one-stop examples, but the most exciting, to the author at least, include Freetown, the Sierra Leone capital, via Dakar, while Khartoum was variously served in 2006 on a one-stop basis via Amman, Beirut, or Ankara. Meanwhile, the Kazak city of Almaty was served via Yekaterinburg (Ekaterinburg).

BMED’s first A320, ‘Delta Alpha. Photo: Arpingstone via Wikimedia.

A day in the life: June 14th, 2006

This article is being written on June 14th. Looking back to the same day 15 years ago, BMED had the following operation, with all departure times local from Heathrow:

  • 13:35 Addis Ababa via Beirut; A320
  • 14:30 Baku; A321
  • 14:35 Bishkek via Yerevan; A320
  • 19:00 Khartoum via Ankara; A321
  • 21:15 Damascus via Aleppo; A320
  • 22:00 Tehran; A321

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Nigeria’s Ibom Air Takes Delivery Of Two Airbus A220s



Ibom Air has taken delivery of two Airbus A220 aircraft this month. These narrowbodies are on lease from EgyptAir and join the Nigerian airline’s five CRJ900 aircraft already in its fleet. The carrier is looking to grow with its state’s economy through the use of these planes.

Air Sinai A220
Both aircraft (including SU-GFA pictured) were built less than two years ago, bringing down the age of Ibom Air’s fleet. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia Commons

Young aircraft for a young airline

The two aircraft were formerly operated by Air Sinai on the outfit’s covert Tel Aviv routes. These deliveries mark two years of services for Ibom Air. The Akwa Ibom state government commenced operations with the carrier on June 7th, 2019, following a flight from Victor Attah International Airport in Uyo to Muritala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Uniquely, this operator was the first state airline to be founded in Nigeria.

Ibom Air took delivery of three CRJ900s ahead of the launch of flights, which, according to ch-aviation, started to arrive from February 2019. Two more units of the regional jet were also delivered last year.

Now, the airline is looking to scale things up with two units of the praised A220. This aircraft has been receiving several accolades across the globe by airlines for its modern approach to short and medium-haul operations. Its high fuel efficiency and comfort are two of the factors that have left airlines such as SWISS, airBaltic, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, and Korean Air taking on the type.

airBaltic A220
The Airbus A220 has found several fans over the last few years, especially with airBaltic opting to hold an A220-only fleet. Photo: Getty Images.

A grand occasion

Umaru Fintiri, the governor of Adamawa state, was at the scene to mark the arrival of the new aircraft in Uyo. He shared that these moves are growing the overall aviation industry, and by extension, unlocking the economy of the country.

At the delivery press conference, Fintiri concluded the following:

“This is one airline that has been growing from number to number and from strength to strength.”

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According to, registration SU-GFD, the first A220-300 to arrive, left Cairo on June 5th to land in Lagos on the same day. Follow this, SU-GFA flew into the capital of Nigeria on June 11th. Both aircraft left for Uyo yesterday.

Ibom Air Aircraft
At the moment, all of Ibom Air’s aircraft are on lease. Photo: Ibom Air

Looking ahead

Ibom Air flies to Abuja, Calabar, Enugu, Uyo, and Lagos, focusing on domestic operations. Domestic and regional activity across Africa have seen positive spells of rebounds since last summer. With a range of up to 3,400 NM (6,297 km), the A220-300 will undoubtedly fit well within Ibom Air’s network and open up new opportunities to its neighboring regions.

Overall, there are strong prospects for the continent’s aviation industry this decade with growing market segments and faith from investors. Taking on new, efficient aircraft such as the A220 conveys strong ambitions for Ibom Air in this next chapter.

What are your thoughts about the prospects of Ibom Air and its Airbus A220 aircraft? What do you make of the delivery of the two planes? Let us know what you think of the move in the comment section.

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