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.
Finnair has selected IAE International Aero Engines AG to supply engines for its five new Airbus A321 extended range aircraft, entering the Finnair fleet from September 2013. The IAE V2533-A5 engines offer Finnair a significant advantage in fuel efficiency over the competition, saving about 300 tons of fuel per year per aircraft, according to aircraft supplier Airbus test data. The engines also operate well within noise limitations set by ICAO and the EU.
airberlin and its oneworld® partner Finnair are building on their current codeshare cooperation and expanding in markets in Scandinavia and the Middle East. In combination with an airberlin or a Finnair flight to Helsinki, from now on flight guests can book a connecting flight operated by Finnair from Helsinki to Tallinn, Turku, Tampere and Oulu with airberlin.
Finnair and Flybe have signed a memorandum of understanding which will see the Finish airline transfer twelve 100-seat Embraer aircraft to Flybe. Starting October 2012, Flybe will operate these aircraft on Finnair routes for Finnair.
Finnair and TAP Portugal have confirmed they will codeshare on flights between Portugal and Finland. With this codeshare agreement, Finnair’s code will be added to TAP’s direct flights between Lisbon and Helsinki.
Finnair has adopted the Amadeus Ancillary Services solution to distribute its ancillary programme in northern Europe. The service enables passengers to book their preferred seat in Scandinavia, Finland and Benelux, as well as extra baggage in Finland, both through Amadeus travel agencies and via Finnair’s direct channels, including the carrier’s website.