Finnair Cargo builds air bridge between Europe and Asia

Passenger  traffic has  reduced to a minimum due to the coronavirus pandemic,  but Finnair’s  air cargo  is still  operating  during this exceptional period. This week, Finnair will fly more than ten return flights on  its  A350  aircraft  to  Tokyo  Narita, Seoul, Osaka, Shanghai and Guangzhou.    

These cargo flights carry  national emergency  supplies  to  both Finland and Estonia, coronavirus samples  from  private healthcare provider  Mehiläinen  and critical supplies from other companies and organisations, as well as normal cargo, such as  fresh  fish. The flights are arranged both as charter as  well as  Finnair’s own commercial  operations.  

All cargo flights are flown  utilising Finnair’s  A350 fleet. This week, to increase cargo capacity, the cabins  of two A350s will be converted for cargo use. Previously, Finnair has only carried cargo in the hold. 

“Although the coronavirus pandemic  has had a significant impact on our passenger  traffic, Finnair still  maintains  cargo connections between Europe and Asia. Our committed team works around the clock to ensure that our customers receive the protective equipment and other supplies needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic” said Mikko  Tainio, managing director, Finnair Cargo.   

“We are  working tirelessly on our  cargo  operations  during these exceptional times.  Cargo  traffic is crucial at the moment, and I am glad that we have been able to implement a new business model and quickly create a new freight network.  I want to thank the entire Finnair team for their incredibly hard work”, added  Tainio.  

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