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Finnishness first. An airline well positioned for the future


Despite analysts’ negative responses to Finnair’s second quarter results, the national airline of one of Europe’s smaller airlines should be giving its 55.8% government shareholder a fairly comfortable feeling at present. With a young short haul fleet and a potentially bullet-proof Asian-focussed network, Finnair shares some of the positive attributes of the Gulf airlines, including a very strategically positioned home base. Its low cost profile also offers a good platform for profitable growth. [586 words]

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  • Finnair long haul route network, with frequencies. Summer 2008
  • Finnair passenger numbers growth by region
  • Finnair Group operating profit margin (EBIT margin): 1Q06 to 2Q08
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