Finnair has said it plans to take two A321 aircraft on temporary wet lease next summer to ramp up its European regional services.
The aircraft are due to arrive in May 2016 and will be in operation with the airline for one year. Finnair said it is also studying “all available narrowbody options” as it looks to further increase capacity.
It said the need to expand its narrowbody fleet was brought on by its recently unveiled long-haul expansion plans which will require greater feeder traffic between Helsinki and Europe in order to be profitable.
Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo said: “We are adding some capacity to our feeder traffic by upgauging our aircraft size in order to enable our growth.”