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1994

Finnair's head office moved from the centre of Helsinki to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The official 'house-warming' at Tietotie 11 was held on 11th January.

Newspapers were no longer sold on domestic flights. From 1st February, they can be bought at the departure gate.

Satellite phones were installed on all long-haul MD-11s. The first call could be made from flight AY 902, Helsinki-Bangkok-Singapore, on 27th January.

Flowers awaited Anne Martinkauppi, passenger no. 2 million to use Helsinki-Vantaa domestic terminal, who arrived on the morning flight from Oulu on 28th January.

New destinations for the summer season, starting 27th March, were Manchester, Vilnius and Petrozavodsk. In Stockholm, Finnair moved to Terminal 2. Flights to Manchester, Berlin and Stuttgart now go via Stockholm as well as Oslo.

The company took delivery of the fourth MD-11 at Long Beach on 31st March. OH-LGD arrived in Finland on 2nd April and went into commercial operation on 16th April with a flight to Larnaca.

A free coffee service was started on domestic flights on 6th April.

Finnair Travel Services Oy (FTS) was established on 25th May to handle all the foreign purchasing operations and financial and personnel management of Aurinkomatkat and Finnmatkat, and eventually of other Group travel organizers, too.

From 1st May, satellite phones were ready for use in all four MD-11s.

A joint operations centre for Finnair and the Civil Aviation Administration was built at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Finnair started to move into its new premises on 27th May. Only two days later, the 1,700-strong Finnair, Karair and Finnaviation flight personnel were able to use the new building.

On 3rd June, Finnair switched to Linate airport in Milan instead of Malpensa.

On 25th August, the Annual General Meeting approved the financial statements for 1993/94. After three successive years in thered, a profit of FIM 146 million was recorded.

The winter timetable took effect on 30th October. In accordance with the EEA agreement, the timetable reflected the new Euro-freedom to transport passengers onwards from the stopover place as well as between Finland and the main destination.

Helsinki-Stockholm-Milan was inaugurated as a new route. Scheduled flights replaced charters on the Bahrain, Dubai, Malaga and Nice routes.

On 29th November, Finnair decided to standardize its jet fleet. All DC-9s due to be taken out of service by the end of the millennium would be replaced by MD-80s - more up-to-date members of the same family, the idea being to acquire fairly new, used aircraft. The total cost of the acquisition will be FIM 1,700 million.

On 4th December, Finnair planes once more sported the colours of Santa Claus. The first flights in Santa Claus colours had been in the Christmas season 1984. Finnair has been the official Santa Claus carrier since 1988.

Finnair and UNICEF Finland launched their Change for Good Christmas collection. The proceeds (FIM 700 000) were used to help children living in refugee camps in Ruanda.

The 1994 Blue Wings awards were presented on 14th December. The award for culture went to the Savonlinna Opera Festival, that for sport to the Helsinki European Athletics Championships and that for congresses to the Nordic Forum held in Turku on 1st-6th August.