The Finnair SkyWheel opened to the public this week at the Katajanokka Harbour in central Helsinki, not far from where Finnair first based its flight operations (as Aero Oy) in the 1920s.
The 40-metre observation wheel is equipped with 30 climate-controlled blue-and-white gondolas for year-round operation, including one special VIP cabin featuring glass floor, leather seats and Veuve Clicquot champagne service.
One trip on the Finnair SkyWheel takes about 15 minutes, while a ride in the VIP cabin lasts approximately 25 minutes.
“This summer the Finnair SkyWheel will take thousands of visitors on a scenic tour above the rooftops of Helsinki,” said Jarkko Konttinen, Finnair vice president, marketing and product development.
“We are proud to be associated with Helsinki’s newest landmark, which also has a special connection to our own history.”
On June 08th, all Finnair Plus members have the opportunity to board the Finnair SkyWheel free of charge between 09:00 and 16:00.
At other times, Finnair Plus members are eligible for a discounted single admission price of €9 (normal price €12).
The VIP cabin seats up to four and can be booked for a flat fee of €195, inclusive of a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne.
The Finnair SkyWheel is owned and operated by SkyWheel Helsinki Oy, and designed and built by the Netherlands-based firm Dutch Wheels, a global leader in the design and construction of observation wheels.