Training forces Finnair to suspend Chongqing

Finnair takes measures to expand A350 pilot training
Finnair has taken the decision to temporarily suspend its flights between Helsinki and Chongqing from January 11 to May 2 next year, as part of its measures “to create adequate room for pilot training for its A350 operations”.
The airline explains that it is preparing for operations growth as the deliveries of Airbus A350 aircraft continue in 2017, and this requires A350 training for Finnair’s A330 pilots.
During training, pilots have to be away from normal flight duties and this is putting a strain on Finnair’s pilot resources.
Finnair says that all customers with tickets on the affected flights will be contacted by the airline or their travel agency to offer a suitable rerouting, change of travel date or refund.
Finnair resumes flights to Chongqing on May 3, returning to year-round operations. Other measures to adjust the traffic program to accommodate for A350 training include a two-month wet lease on Finnair’s New York route and the cancellation of some flights to Nagoya in spring 2017.
TTG Nordic