This month in Blue Wings: June 2015


Cargo News picks a few highlights from the Summer 2015 issue of Finnair's inflight magazine Blue Wings. The entire magazine is also available online. 


Steamy surprises

The sauna gondola at Mount Ylläs in Finnish Lapland takes you for a steamy ride in a four-person ski lift.

Some saunas are simply a notch above the rest. has listed some of the world’s most unusual saunas, one of which is found at Mount Ylläs in Lapland. The world’s only sauna gondola takes you for a steamy 20-minute ride up and down the mountain in a four-person ski lift – mercifully equipped with one way windows.

Germany, meanwhile, is home to the world’s largest sauna. Located inside the giant Thermen & Badewelt Sinsheim spa complex, its long wooden benches accommodate up to 166 patrons. As an added eyebrow raiser, the sauna shares a window with a huge aquarium.

Visitors to the Terme Milano Spa in Italy are in for a hot ride if they dare to enter the historic tram parked in the spa garden. Inside the 1928 streetcar is a wooden sauna complete with a real Finnish hot-coal heater. The best time to gaze out of the tram windows is at night, when the garden is lit up with sparkling lights and video projections.

Sweden’s Klädesholmen in turn boasts the world’s fastest floating sauna, while Teugen airport in Netherlands is home to a sauna installed in a former GDR plane converted into a luxury hotel in 2009. 

Text by Mirva Lempiäinen


Jean genie

Hip Swedish clothier Nudie Jeans started upcycling old jeans into housewares such as rag rugs and sofa covers a few years ago. Now, its Nudie Jeans Repair Shops – with locations around the world from Harajuku in Tokyo to Shoreditch in London – will repair Nudie Jeans for free in an effort to keep old jeans out of landfills.

Nudie Jeans repair shop Jakobsbergsgatan 11, Stockholm 

Text by Katja Pantzar


Sustainable Stockholm

As Sweden is one of the world’s recycling leaders – less than one percent of household waste ends up in garbage dumps – the Swedish capital boasts an inventive array of upcycling. 

Kumvana Gomani is one of a growing number of Swedish designers who employ recycling, sustainability, and fair trade practices that help local producers in developing countries.

“I lived in Malawi, Africa, as a child so the idea of being sustainable – always upcycling – was a given and something I have done all my life,” says Gomani.

Her creations range from sparkly snowflake earrings made from reused plastic bottles to colorful necklaces made together with local artisans in Cambodia. 

Gomani also collaborates with other design companies to help them produce sustainable and ethical collections such as the Upcycled Landmine Jewellery series. 

Kumvana Gomani’s jewellery is available in Stockholm at Design Torget shops.

Text by Katja Pantzar


Park vibes – until October 4

Angelique Kidjo, Scarface, and Caribou are among the artists whose talent can be enjoyed for free as part of New York’s four-month SummerStage Festival. Now in its 30th anniversary season, the expanded festival will feature over 140 events in city parks from May through October, ranging from poetry and music to modern dance.

Above: Angelique Kidjo

Text by Mirva Lempiäinen

Read the Summer 2015 issue of Finnair's Blue Wings magazine here.


Published June 22, 2015

Category: Collaboration