As a whole, 2016 was a year of growth for Finnair. We successfully launched several new destinations, including Fukuoka and Guangzhou, and added frequencies to key routes. We took delivery of four Airbus A350 widebody aircraft and carried half a million more passengers than a year earlier. Considerable progress was made for example in the digitalisation of our technical processes. Due to the growth, we have also recruited and trained considerable numbers of new personnel, mainly pilots and cabin crew, as previously anticipated. We are building a culture of growth.
In the last quarter, our comparable result was approximately 2 million euros positive, exceeding last year’s result by one million euros; hence, we achieved our ninth consecutive quarterly result improvement. The front-loaded training and other expenses resulting from the accelerated growth programme amounted to over 20 million euros in 2016. During the last quarter, we had over 100 pilots tied up in trainings.
Considering the seasonality of our business and the headwinds we faced towards the end of the year, we can be fairly content with our result. Due to delays in some of the A350 deliveries, the training schedule of our pilots for the new aircraft type was interrupted, which forced us to wetlease additional capacity during the quarter in order to ensure the least amount of inconvenience to our customers. This caused additional expenses during the quarter. In addition, we were forced to cancel some flights towards the end of the year.
Finnair’s revenue divided by the capacity, or RASK, showed more resilience than that of some of our peers. Ancillary sales continued healthy growth, and our plan to deploy more tourist capacity to Lapland was a success. As an example, Ivalo and Rovaniemi combined are currently the largest destination for our Chinese passengers.
We have specified a target to boost our revenues by 500 million euros by the end of 2019. Ancillary sales, with new revenues streams, will play a key role in achieving this target. We are also expecting the new cargo hub to be completed in 2017, which will enable increased revenue, particularly by providing better facilities for premium services for specialty goods.
This year will be an important leap of growth for us. There will be a tangible increase in capacity, four new A350s and active recruitments. At the same time, we are taking serious efforts to develop the customer experience and the internal people experience. I believe this will lay a solid foundation to launch into the year.