Finnair A330 Chicago-Helsinki Diverts to New York

Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A Finnair flight operating from Chicago, IL to Helsinki, Finland made an unscheduled diversion to New York on 28 April 2024.

Finnair flight AY10, an Airbus A330-300 from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), experienced an engine problem necessitating an in-flight shutdown.

Finnair AY10 Chicago-Helsinki

Flight crew reported an issue with the aircraft’s left-hand engine whilst the flight was en route in the cruise in Canadian airspace.

The crew initiated a descent procedure, and carried out a diversion to New York JFK International Airport.

Flight crew transmitted an urgency call, but this was not escalated to a formal emergency.

The aircraft subsequently landed in New York without incident just over two hours after reporting the issue.

Diversion to New York

Flight data shows that flight AY10 bound for Helsinki airport (HEL) made an actual time of departure of 2154 local time from Chicago.

The flight set course normally, climbing to flight level FL330 (33,000 feet) for the transatlantic long-haul service.

The pilot diverted the aircraft from its original course west of Québec. The descent was conducted and the flight continued south bound to New York. This was carried out at the reduced altitude of flight level FL220 (22,000 feet) on one engine.

Airbus A330-300 OH-LTM

The aircraft conducting the AY10 rotation to Helsinki was an Airbus A330-300, registered OH-LTM.

This is a 15.2-year-old widebody aircraft belonging to the Finnish national carrier Finnair. It has been in operational service with the airline since its initial delivery in March 2009.

Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Finnair is the flag carrier and largest airline of Finland. It is a full-service legacy airline, meaning it offers a variety of amenities and services to its passengers, such as in-flight meals, seat selection, and priority boarding.

Finnair, founded in 1923, makes its headquarters in Vantaa, Finland, on the grounds of Helsinki Airport, its central hub.

Finnair is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance, which means that it codeshares with other airlines in the alliance, such as American Airlines and British Airways. This codesharing allows Finnair passengers to book flights on other Oneworld airlines using Finnair’s flight code.

Finnair flies to over 80 destinations in over 35 countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. The airline has a strong presence in Asia.

Finnair capitalizes on its Helsinki hub location to offer short flights between Europe and Asia. The airline also serves a number of destinations in the United States, including Chicago, Miami, and New York.

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