Finnair Says 'Näkemiin' To Its MD-11s, So Anybody Want to Buy Some Planes?
Most of the airplanes flying around the globe are pretty standardized in their choice of power plants. Most have two engines, a few have four, but that’s pretty much it. There’s still a few airlines flying planes with three engines, but Finnair recently reduced the number of these planes in the sky. Finnair has been flying these birds since 1990, but on Monday they flew their last commercial flight with an MD-11 as it went from Helsinki to Delhi.
Throughout the years the tri-jets have carried about 14 million passengers for Finnair, landing in cool places over 50,000 times. The airline is ditching the old jets in favor of some newer aircraft, including the Airbus A330 and A340. Eventually—like in 2014—Finnair will be getting a totally new A350 from Airbus as well. They’re pretty excited over the gas they’ll save in ditching the old planes, as their current Airbus fleet will now be about 20 percent more fuel-efficient.
Now that the airline’s average aircraft age is only six years old, they’ve got some extra planes they are looking to get off their hands. They are thinking about utilizing the MD-11s for cargo service, but Finnair is also entertaining offers for those in the market for a wide-body jet or two. We’re not sure of the pricing on these planes, but we’re pretty sure the price to fill one up would require at least a second mortgage. However, if you need some friends to help fill up the cabin on private flights, we are interested and available.
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