Finnair has celebrated its inaugural flight between Edinburgh and Helsinki. The journey – which takes less than three hours – allows passengers from Scotland to take the shortcut to Asia with just one smooth and fast transfer via the Finnish capital. A traditional water cannon salute and Scottish bagpiper welcomed the aircraft as it landed in Edinburgh.
Finnair’s Airbus A350 XWB landed for the very first time at Hong Kong International Airport earlier. Customers flying between Hong Kong and Helsinki can now experience Finnair’s A350’s next-generation technology and comfort. As the first airline to introduce the A350 to a Hong Kong route, Finnair’s strategically focuses on the Asian market.
Finnair has announced the launch of additional flights to key northern Finland winter destinations, Kittilä, Kuusamo and Ivalo, for the winter season 2016-2017. Kittilä, Kuusamo and Ivalo attract thousands of tourists every year, offering a range of winter activities from ice fishing, hunting the Aurora Borealis and skiing to husky safaris and reindeer sleigh rides.
Finnair has announced that, due to passenger demand, it is adding an additional 1,800 seats between Dublin and Helsinki, in Finland, in summer 2016. The route, which launched in April 2015 with a flight time of just three hours, connects Dublin with Helsinki, which is one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in Northern Europe.
Finnair prepares for growth in its long-haul traffic starting in 2016 and begins the biggest recruitment drive in the company’s history. In addition to the approximately 70 pilots and 130 cabin attendants recruited this year, the company is seeking to recruit 100 new pilots and 300 new cabin crewmembers.
Finnair has taken delivery in Toulouse of the first of 19 A350 XWBs on order, thus becoming the first European operator and the third worldwide of the all-new airliner. The aircraft is configured in a premium three-class layout, with 297 seats, comprising 46 Business Class, 43 Economy Comfort and 208 Economy.
Finnair is set to launch a seasonal service from Edinburgh to Helsinki in 2016, offering travellers faster connections to Finnair’s network of Asian destinations. The service begins on April 18th 2016 and will operate to October 27th 2016. Edinburgh will be served by three flights a week operated by a Finnair Airbus A319.
Finnair customers can now enjoy a more personalised service with Finnair’s new app for Apple Watch. Designed to be the perfect travel companion, the app navigates customers through every stage of their journey with ease. The Finnair app, allows customers to benefit from Finnair’s exceptional service while on the move.
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.