Finnair has sold its last two owned Boeing MD-11s to Neff Air, a U.S.-based aircraft leasing company. The aircraft will be delivered to the...

Finnair has sold its last two owned Boeing MD-11s to Neff Air, a U.S.-based aircraft leasing company owned by Jim Neff.

The aircraft will be delivered to the buyer in January 2011. Although Finnair has not disclosed the price it realized from the sale of the two MD-11s,  the carrier says it believes the sale will not have a substantial impact on its annual result.


Finnair operated both aircraft on passenger services since the early 1990s. Having converted one of the MD-11s to a freighter, Finnair is now flying it on all-cargo services linking Helsinki with Hong Kong and Soul.

Finnair's decision to convert one of its last MD-11 passenger aircraft to a freighter means the type has remained in service with the airline in 2010. Finnair was the first carrier to operate the MD-11 commercially and thus has a longer operating history with the type than any other airline

The airline says the other MD-11 will be converted to a freighter later this year.

Finnair also says it is currently studying the feasibility of dedicated MD-11 freighter operations beyond the end of the year and that one of its options is to continue its all-cargo operations by leasing one or both freighter-converted MD-11Fs from Neff Air.