Age: 60 Career: 2013 onwards: President and Chief Executive Officer of Finnair Oyj
2007-13: Chief Operating Officer and Deputy to Chief Executive Officer, Cargotec Corp
1985-2007: Various positions at Sandvik Group
Education: Master of Science in mining
Family: Married with three children
we are a very small airline globally.
Do you see more passengers flying from China to Helsinki in the summer compared to the winter?
That really depends. We do have higher numbers flying with us in the summer, but the growth figures are bigger in the winter. We also see more individuals and families traveling with Finnair instead of groups.
From June, passengers were able to use Alipay and Wi-Fi on all Chinese routes. It makes purchasing and shopping easier on aircraft. As well as that, Chinese passengers can now use Alipay at Helsinki airport through their smart phones.
Are flights with Alipay popular?
Yes, the numbers back that up. Sales are higher on those flights, increasing by 100 percent to 200 percent.
Four years ago, I was asked whether I would join Finnair. I traveled a lot with the airline in my previous job. But Finnair represented something close to me . . . it used to take me home.
That alone made it an easy decision to join the company.
Many people get inspired and are passionate about the aviation industry. And, of course, I have found the journey exciting during the past four years.
I am pleased with the way things have developed. We have moved on, and we are growing rapidly. Finnair is doing this right now.
What are the highlights of your career at the airline?
When I started, we spent a long time restructuring, cutting costs, outsourcing and laying off people. But I knew we had to do something else.
Like any business today, there is tremendous competition. Customers can easily compare prices as they have more options on the internet. This brings challenges to the financial side of our company.
But we have gone through a round of cost cutting, and the airline is leaner. Still, we are not the only carrier flying to China, although we do have a very good relationship with our customers.
Hopefully, we will maintain and expand our market share.
Do you lifestyle? have a
Tough question. I do drive a hybrid car that I can charge by plugging it into the mains. I also prefer organic food.
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