Japan’s ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism has granted anti-trust immunity to a joint business between Japan Airlines, Finnair and British Airways. This paves the way for Finnair to join the existing joint business between Japan Airlines and British Airways.
Finnair is supplementing complementary meal and snack service on European flights with optional, paid pre-order meals. On the menu there will be four hot meals plus one fresh salad to choose from.
Finnair has become the first airline in the world to operate Airbus A321 aircraft equipped with new, fuel-saving Sharklet wing tip devices. The extended-range, single-aisle aircraft, which has the lowest fuel burn, emissions and noise footprint in its class, will be quieter and more comfortable for passengers than the older planes it replaces, as well as about seven per cent more fuel efficient per seat.
Travelport, a leading distribution services and e-commerce provider for the global travel industry, and Finnair, rated as the leading carrier in the Nordic region by Skytrax, the air travel reviewer, jointly announce a new, multi-year global distribution agreement.
The first step has been taken to enable Finnair to join British Airways and Japan Airlines in their successful joint business on flights between Europe and Japan. The three airlines intend to cooperate commercially by sharing revenue and by coordinating flight schedules and fares in order to offer greater benefits to customers travelling between Europe and Japan.
Finnair has confirmed it will continue to service to Tel Aviv during the winter season. Starting November Finnair serves Tel Aviv with two weekly flights on Mondays and Fridays, as during the ongoing summer season, but the schedule is modified to increase connectivity from European and Asian flights.
Finnair has begun flying to Hanoi and Xi’an, further sharpening the airline’s strategic focus on transfer traffic between Asia and Europe. Currently the only European carrier offering direct connections between the two cities and Europe, Finnair also offers fast and efficient transfers to more than 60 European destinations via its Helsinki hub.
Pekka Vauramo has been appointed to the position of chief executive of Finnair. Vauramo, who is presently based in Hong Kong working as chief operating officer of the MacGregor Business Area of Cargotec, a Finnish cargo and load handling company, will take up the role on June 1st.
American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia celebrate a key milestone today as fellow oneworld alliance member Finnair announces its intent to join the transatlantic joint business, established by the three airlines in October 2010. Once Finnair joins the transatlantic joint business later this year, customers in North America and Europe will have increased choice of flights and services as well as more convenient connections to flights across the Atlantic.
Finnair will install new full flat seats in most of its existing long haul aircraft beginning in January 2014. Once the installation program is completed by autumn 2014, all of Finnair’s long haul Airbus fleet will have full flat seats in Business Class, with the exception of three older aircraft. These three aircraft will be the first to be removed from the fleet with the arrival of A350 XWBs in 2015. The total investment, including replacement investments, is approximately 29 million euros.
Finnair is offering new destinations and frequencies for the summer season – running from March 31st to October 26th. New scheduled flight destinations include Antalya in Turkey, Tel Aviv in Israel, and Palma de Mallorca in Spain.
Finnair is to launch flights to Xi´an, China, in summer 2013. The Finnish airline will begin service to Xi´an from its hub in Helsinki with three frequencies per week starting June 14th 2013 until the close of the summer season on October 26th 2013.