Finnair Cargo, a fully owned subsidiary of Finnair, has expanded its network after signing an innovative freighter sharing deal with IAG Cargo. The route will be operated by an A300-600 cargo freighter, which will fly between London and Helsinki. London becomes Finnair’s third cargo hub in Europe in addition to Helsinki and Brussels.
Finnair is strengthening ties with fellow oneworld alliance members Japan Airlines and Qantas with new codeshare services to Busan, South Korea and Perth, Australia. Finnair passengers can now enjoy more convenient access to Busan with Japan Airlines daily service via Tokyo Narita. South Korea’s second-largest city has a population of 3.6 million with growing economic importance.
Leading European carrier Finnair has inaugurated a new era in travel between Europe and Asia – and opens a new chapter in its history – as tickets go on sale for its first long-haul destinations to be served with next-generation Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. Finnair is the European launch customer, and only the third worldwide, of the completely new aircraft type, which substantially raises the bar for passenger comfort, environmental performance and operational efficiency.
The board of directors at Finnair has approved an investment program for bringing Wi-Fi connectivity to the majority of Finnair’s wide-body and narrow-body fleet. The total value of the investment is approximately €30 million.
Finnair is expanding services between Helsinki and Tartu, Estonia’s second largest city, and re- timing schedules to create more convenient connections through Helsinki for European passengers. Tartu is Estonia’s second city as well as its historic cultural and intellectual capital, home of the University of Tartu founded in 1632.
Finnair has enhanced its Finnair Plus programme enabling members to book Classic award flights to Europe, Tel Aviv and Dubai without having to pay the fuel surcharge fee.
Finnair has become the first airline in Europe, and only second in the world, to be certified as a Stage 2 operator in the IATA Environmental Assessment program. The IATA program is an environmental management system designed to independently assess and improve an airline’s environmental standards.
Finnair is unveiling ten new scheduled routes to popular destinations for summer 2015 in cooperation with Suntours and other tour operators. Finnair and Suntours will work closely together to ensure the best combination of travel packages and flight-only reservations to every destination. Flight-only purchases can be made either via Finnair’s website or through the travel agencies.
Finnair is launching a suite of product upgrades and developing a mobile application as part of a larger drive to comprehensively renew the customer experience both on the ground and in the air. On long-haul flights, product upgrades coming in the fall include the Economy Comfort package, a new offering in the front of the Economy Class cabin featuring at least four inches of extra legroom, comfy headrests, high-quality headphones and personal amenity kits.
Finnair has launched its codeshare flights with transatlantic joint business partner US Airways, further enhancing its relationship with fellow oneworld alliance member and providing customers increased access to cities in North America. Customers can now book tickets for codeshare flights for travel beginning July 24th.
This summer Finnair will open new routes to Nizhny Novgorod, Samara and Kazan, three prominent and historic regional centres on the Volga River in the Russian Federation. Services to Nizhny Novgorod International Airport begin on July 25th, while Samara’s Kurumoch International Airport will be served from August 7th and Kazan International Airport from August 18th.
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.