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travelhistory Compiled and written by TIM BIRD 198 Issue 1, Spring 0 From The Finnish Woman: Brave, Tough and Smiling: Writer Maj Kuhlefelt steps into the shoes of a typical Finnish lady at the start of her summer holiday. "During her long-awaited vacation the Finnish woman usually leaves behind all the comforts of city life [...] Yet without complaint, a large percentage of the women in Finland gather their families together, possibly including pets, with a brave smile and prepare themselves for the fatiguing move to the small country cottage on a tiny, remote and windswept skerry." From Welcome on Board: Except for flights to and from Japan, Finnair's flights became non-smoking as of spring 1997. All Finnair flights became nonsmoking in 1999. On the new Airbus fleet, the non-smoking sign has been replaced by a "turn off your mobile phones"-sign. "A special section of the aircraft has been reserved for nonsmokers. The rear section of the aircraft is reserved for passengers wishing to smoke." -BlueWings Editorial staff At 30 years old, Blue Wings is one of the longest established magazines in the air. We dip into some back issues to see how the publication has evolved along with Finnair and the rest of the world since the early 1980s. Three decades of Blue Wings rch 19 February­Ma Finnair's Asian network 95 Read the first issue of Blue Wings at www. bluewings starts to develop with flights to Osaka, Japan in April of '95. From Kansai Airport: Three Miles of Style: "Airports don't come any more extraordinary than Kansai, the station built into the sea that serves Osaka. [...] The man-made island is three miles long and the main terminal building is a mile ­ yes, a whole mile ­ in length. The terminal focuses on a central building supported on steel columns sunk into a concrete raft, and it can be shifted vertically in its entirety to adapt to movements in underlying rock." -Blue Wings Editorial staff 91 December 19 2 ry 199 ­Janua Finnair looks towards the March 2005 The first column by Alexander newly independent Baltic state market; Blue Wings interviews Estonia's President Arnold Rüütel. "Finland can teach us [in Estonia] tact and calmness when solving complicated questions. Estonia has, unfortunately, a whole range of areas where no service is available in our own language. We have much to learn from Finnish teaching methods," Rüütel says. Stubb, then member of the European Parliament, now Finland's minister of foreign affairs, is published. In Search of the Perfect European: "Germans love Ordnung, the Brits want to cut the crap, and the French speak with a three-point schema [...] There is no such thing as the perfect person, let alone the perfect European. But perhaps it is precisely our differences that make Europe tick." The World in 1980 What was happening when Blue Wings first took off ? World population is estimated at about 4.5 billion. (Estimated population in 2010: 6.8 billion). The Global 2000 Report published by the Carter administration concludes: "If present trends continue, the world in 2000 will be more 22 BLUE WINGS MAY­JUNE 2010 crowded, more polluted, less stable ecologically, and more vulnerable to disruption than the world is now." The 13th Winter Olympics are held at Lake Placid, New York. Finland wins one gold, five silvers and three bronzes, placing the country seventh in the medals table behind the USSR, East Germany and the US. Swedish tennis star Björn Borg defeats John McEnroe to win his fifth Wimbledon singles title in a row. John Lennon is shot by Mark Chapman in New York City on December 8. President Tito of Yugoslavia dies on May 4. The funeral in Belgrade attracts more than 140 state delegations, the most ever for a state funeral up to that point. The Cable News Network, CNN, is launched in June. Lech Walesa of Poland, founder of the Solidarity workers organisation, the first not to be controlled by the communist state, leads the first strikes at the Gdansk Shipyard.

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