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editor'sletter A futuristic Finnair plane from "Departure 2093." Christmas in space Senja Larsen Director Corporate Communications Finnair Plc I ALWAYS LIKE to get away for the Christmas holidays. In the depths of winter, this Nordic corner of the Earth is quite dark, so the further away, the better. At the rate technology is developing, by the time that I'm a grandmother I'll be able to head into space on holidays with my grandchildren to admire the Earth from afar. Finnair has always been a pioneer. In November, we launched a global discussion about the future of aviation, consulting In the future, experts in various fields. At this moment aviflying will be the ation faces considerable challenges, but new first choice from power sources and technologies will change an ecological everything. In the future, flying will be the first choice from an ecological point of view. point of view. Take off from a three-kilometre runway and you can go anywhere in the world. How far xxxxxxxxxxxxx can you get using the same length of rail or road? Challenges in the future will include sustaining clean water and managing land use: space on the Earth will be needed to produce nutrition. Eighty years ago my grandmother could fly as far as Tallinn or Stockholm on seaplanes, which took off on skis in winter and on floats in summer. Forty years ago my mother was able to take a transatlantic flight to America, which required three landings and several days. Last Christmas I went as far as is presently possible to go in one day ­ I flew from Finland to Australia. How far will our children travel and how quickly? Take part in the conversation Whether in space or on Earth, one thing won't change: we'll always want to travel to be with our nearest and dearest. PS This month around the world Even if space travel were possible, New York and Hong Kong remain my all-time favourite cities ­ they are simply out of this world. NEW YORK'S HELSINKI SYDNEY LISBON Times Square hosts one of the world's most popular New Year's Eve celebrations, which culminates with a sixfoot ball descending down a 77-foot pole. And this year there's a brandnew ball. Countdown Entertainment, LLC illuminates its architecturally splendid Senate Square with a spectacular light show before fireworks fill the midnight sky on December 31st, 2008. bills itself as the New Year's Eve Capital of the World with a spectacular fireworks show that starts at 9 pm followed by the Harbour of Light Parade. www.cityofsydney. celebrates New Year's Eve in street party style around in the area around Belém Tower with a musical extravaganza, fireworks and a mega-disco. 10 BLUE WINGS DECEMBER 2008 Kauko Helavuo

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