Tarvainen Takes the Chair at Finnair Cargo

Janne Tarvainen has been appointed Finnair’s new Vice President Head of Cargo as of 1 November 2015. He follows Antti Kuusenmaeki, who has led the freight division only since December of 2014. Now Kuusenmaeki decided to leave the company to pursue other career opportunities. His resignation comes as a surprise at least to outsiders.

Janne Tarvainen  -  credit Finnair
Janne Tarvainen - credit Finnair

Abrupt departure
That was quite a short term lasting no more than 11 months. For reasons not communicated by Finnair their chief of cargo Antti Kuusenmaeki is packing his bag, exiting the carrier in November. The executive has been part of the air freight team since 2012 pushing many projects ahead over the past three years, lauds a release published by Finnair. “I extend my warm thanks to Antti for his contribution to the company," says Juha Jaervinen, Finnair's Chief Commercial Officer who also is Finnair Cargo’s Managing Director.
Following the resignation of Kuusenmaeki the airline immediately presented his successor Janne Tarvainen. Janne has been the Head of Finnair Operations Control Center (OCC) and has now been appointed Finnair's new Vice President Head of Cargo as of 1 November 2015. The manager holds a Master's degree from Lappeenranta University of Technology and has a long Finnair career behind him, having worked in various positions at Technical Operations and the past three years as the Head of OCC.

A350-900 in Finnair livery  -  courtesy Airbus
A350-900 in Finnair livery - courtesy Airbus

Finnair Cargo expects strong growth of volumes
States Juha Jaervinen: “With over 20 years of aviation experience, I am confident that Janne is the right person to successfully steer the Cargo team in the upcoming growth phase."
Last year, Finnair Cargo transported almost 150,000 tons of freight and mail. In addition to its main gateway Helsinki Vantaa Airport the carrier established sub-hubs in Brussels and London Heathrow. The airline’s cargo capacity will double once the new A350 are in service. The Nordic carrier was the first European airline to place orders for the A350 that will be deployed on long-haul routes. In total Finnair will get 19 units of this Airbus production series.

Heiner Siegmund

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