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Finnair Cargo Uses Route Exchange to Expand Freighter Services



        Finnair Cargo Uses Route Exchange to Expand Freighter Services

  PR Newswire

  MANCHESTER, England, January 7, 2013

MANCHESTER, England, January 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Finnair Cargo has successfully used Route Exchange, the online platform for
air service development, to open a new Brussels base. In March 2013 Finnair
Cargo will initiate weekly flights via its new Brussels hub, connecting the
Belgian capital with Finnair's Helsinki hub as well as New York JFK and new
destination Chicago O'Hare. The network expansion follows a partnership during
the latter months of 2012 with Routes' Route Exchange business, part of
Routesonline, where Finnair Cargo completed an extensive airport evaluation
process to open the new Continental European destination.

This partnership has led directly to the placing of the carrier's MD-11F
aircraft at Brussels Airport and demonstrates that the Route Exchange process
is both efficient and successful. All parties involved were fully committed to
the process with Mr Juha Järvinen, Managing Director of Finnair Cargo
launching the Request for Proposals (RFP) during a briefing which he delivered
in October of last year during World Routes in Abu Dhabi.

Finnair Cargo says it selected Brussels as its new European destination as it
is one of Europe's key gateways for cargo, offering great connections to
numerous locations in Europe with fast road feeder services covering the
European air cargo market within easy reach in less than eight hours from the
city. Brussels Airport, it says, is also located in the centre of European
pharmaceutical industry, which offers great expansion opportunities for the
carrier.

"Finnair Cargo's target is to become one of the top five cargo carriers
between Europe and Northeast Asia, and the opening of Brussels cargo hub to
strengthen our cargo service via Helsinki is an important step in this
vision," said Mr Juha Järvinen, Managing Director of Finnair Cargo.

The successful completion of this new route evaluation process is a major
endorsement for the dynamic Route Exchange online platform. "Brussels was
chosen through an extensive airport evaluation process in co-operation with
Route Exchange," commented Declan Maguire, Business Development Manager for
the Route Exchange adding: "It was a pleasure to work with Juha and his team
to aid their assessment and evaluation of new markets and opportunities to
base their aircraft through our online product, Route Exchange. We wish
Finnair Cargo and Brussels Airport well with this new operation."

Notes to Editors

About Routes

  * Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events
    through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there
    is one global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the
    Americas and CIS respectively. http://www.routesonline.com
  * These events are supported by an online route development forum hosted on
    our website, Routesonline . The site provides airports with the ability to
    promote their market opportunities and acts as the airline industry's
    central source of market data and route development information.
  * Integrated into Routesonline is the Route Exchange area which is the
    online platform for air service development. Airlines can actively
    campaign their target airports through this unique platform.
  * Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK‐based ASM Ltd., a
    consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports.
    http://www.asm‐global.com
  * Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August
    2010. From 1 ^st August 2012 Routes, ASM and the Airport Cities Conference
    and Exhibition become part of the UBM Live division of UBM plc.
  * UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across
    five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new
    products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier
    brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the
    Concrete Show, the Routes portfolio of events, Airport Cities and many
    others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications,
    websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of
    the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.
    http://www.ubmlive.com

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Contact: For further press information please contact: Victoria Jones, PR
Executive, UBM Aviation Routes Limited, T: +44-(0)161-234-2730, E:
pr@routesonline.com
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