Finnair, one of the oldest operating airlines in the world, is celebrating 85 years of operations by painting one of its Airbus A319 in the livery of a Convair aircraft, which Finnair flew under its original name Aero in the 1950s. The retro aircraft will begin flights at the end of July and the aircraft’s crew is also dressed in the spirit of the times in 1950s uniforms. “With this special aircraft we want to pay respect to Finnair’s long experience in flying. Even though our sights are set on the future as we build Finnair into the airline of choice in air travel in the Northern Hemisphere, it is also a good idea to look back and remember our distinguished history,” says Finnair SVP Commercial Division Mika Perho.
The surface of the aircraft will be shining metal colour, its sides will have blue stripes and the text Finnish Airlines. The retro theme is also visible inside the aircraft both in the in-flight service and entertainment. The A319 will retain its retro livery for several years to come as an unscheduled painting of the aircraft would unnecessarily burden the environment.
The retro aircraft will operate normal scheduled domestic and European routes, but it will also fly some special flights. For instance, Finnair’s Helsinki-Amsterdam route celebrates 60 years of service this year.
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