Finnair will extend the lease of an Airbus A330 aircraft and crew from Iberia for its Miami route through to 1 May 2017.
Finnair previously announced that the Miami route would be operated by Iberia from 10 to 31 January 2017. Finnair flies to Miami three times a week.
Until 31 January the Miami flights are being operated as a wetlease, where the cockpit and cabin crew come from Iberia, and there are two Finnair service crew members on board to support the delivery of Finnair’s customer service concept.
From 1 February, the flights will be operated as a damp lease, with cockpit crew coming from Iberia and cabin crew coming from Finnair.
The lease is to accommodate pilot trainings that are necessary to secure the airline's growing operations for the European Summer 2017 season and beyond.
Due to the arrival of additional A350 aircraft in 2017, Finnair is currently training its A330 pilots for A350 operations. The pilot trainings continue during the European Spring in 2017.
The aircraft from Iberia is three years old with 36 full-flat seats in Business Class and 242 seats in Economy Class, all with a seat-back inflight entertainment system.
Finnair is contacting customers with bookings on the flights to be operated with the wet leased aircraft directly to inform them of the change in carrier. Customers have the right to change their travel dates or cancel their flights when the operating carrier changes.