Danes choose Finnair for China

After a comprehensive tender application process, the State of Denmark and national procurement company (SKI) have selected Finnair as their airline of choice for traffic between Copenhagen and BeijingFinnair has also been chosen for official state-business traffic between Copenhagen and Helsinki. The agreement covers the next two years.

The Nordic-based airline SAS, of which the Sate of Denmark is a joint owner, flies non-stop between Copenhagen and Beijing and several times a day to Helsinki.

“Finnair is very satisfied with the agreement. The choice shows that Finnair truly has the best connections between Scandinavia and Asia,” said Sari Fairchild, who heads Finnair’s sales unit in Denmark.

In June this year, the Swedish State made a similar choice, as the result of a similar tender process, for Finnair’s Asian routes.

In the coming years, Finnair’s Asian traffic is set to continue growing at a rate of 20% annually. Finnair flies to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou in China. Other Asian destinations are Bangkok (twice a day during the winter season), Singapore, Delhi and the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. Kuala Lumpur will be added to the network in 2007.