Category Archives: Finnair

Finnair revamps its business class with a Nordic touch

Finnair issued this statement and photos:

In conjunction with its annual Press Day, Finnair has today announced the launch of a new business class service concept and new Marimekko design elements for both cabin classes, celebrating its Nordic roots and offering customers a unique Nordic customer experience.

Personal service with dedicated crew 

Inspired by pure essentials, Nordic design and meaningful encounters, Finnair’s new service concept will offer a wider range of dining and wine options, served on-demand and at a customer’s preferred time, just as if you were in a restaurant.

As part of its new concept, Finnair is also introducing the classic Finnish tradition “Kahvikutsut”  – a coffee serving with seven different treats – for long-haul flights departing Asia in the morning. This exclusive coffee service allows customers to spend quality time enjoying traditional Finnish treats like Carelian pies, cinnamon buns, coffee cake and traditional Finnish chocolates between the two meal services.

Finnair’s new business class service concept will commence as of February 7, 2018, on flights to Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai, with a gradual roll-out of the remaining long-haul destinations during the spring and summer.

Renewed textiles and Marimekko patterns for both classes 

Finnair will also bring the feeling of the Nordics to the cabin interior of Finnair A350 aircraft with new cabin textiles and amenities, including new simple and stylish seat covers, and pillows, blankets and chinaware with prints from the iconic Finnish design house Marimekko.

Photos: Finnair.

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Finnair adds flights to top European destinations for summer 2018 and to Lapland for winter 2018/2019

Finnair Airbus A320-214 OH-LXB (msn 1470) LHR (SPA). Image: 928937.

Finnair has made this announcement:

In line with its growth strategy, Finnair continues to grow its traffic and will add frequencies to popular destinations in Europe for summer 2018 and winter 2018, as well as increase flights to the popular winter destinations in Finnish Lapland for the peak season in winter 2018/2019. The additions are fueled by the increasing number of Asians traveling to Finnair’s European destinations.

Starting in June 2018, Finnair adds frequencies to its new year-round destination, Lisbon, where Finnair will operate daily flights during the summer season. Finnair also adds frequencies to Barcelona, operating up to 18 weekly frequencies during the high season in summer 2018. Budapest will get a third daily flight for the summer season, with improved connections to Finnair’s US network. In addition, Krakow will get two new weekly frequencies, with improved connections from Krakow to Asia and America, and Geneva will get one additional weekly frequency in summer and winter 2018. Finnair will also fly again to Astana, with two weekly frequencies in July-August.

Driven by demand from Asia, Finnair is also adding frequencies to its winter 2018/2019 schedules. Finnair will fly to Madrid with a total of 10 weekly connections in winter 2018, and Keflavik (Reykjavik) will also get two additional weekly frequencies for winter 2018/2019.

Asian demand is also fueling Finnair’s growing traffic to Finnish Lapland, known for its untouched nature, northern lights and possibilities for snow activities. Finnair is adding over 230 flights to Finnish Lapland for the winter season 2018/2019, offering more connections to the popular winter destinations of Ivalo, Rovaniemi, Kittilä and Kuusamo during the peak travel season. Altogether, Finnair will offer 482,000 seats to Lapland during the 2018/2019 winter season, an increase of 15% compared to the current winter.  Finnair will also continue the non-stop flights from London Gatwick, Paris and Zürich to Lapland during the 2018/2019 winter season.

Finnair is also launching a new Rail & Fly cooperation with Deutsche Bahn, combining air and rail travel. The new cooperation means that customers buying a Finnair ticket to or from Germany can also include a rail trip to their booking. The cooperation covers more than 5,600 railway stations in Germany.

Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A320-214 OH-LXB (msn 1470) LHR (SPA). Image: 928937.

Finnair flight AY865 diverts to Turku due to the smell of smoke

Finnair (Nordic Regional Airlines-Norra)  Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKE (msn 19000059) GVA (Paul Denton). Image: 905901.

On December 3, 2017 Finnair flight AY865 from Helsinki (Vantaa) to Göteborg diverted to Turku due to the smell of smoke in the cabin. The Embraer 190 (OH-LKE) stopped on the runway and passengers and crew members exited the aircraft via the emergency chutes.

The flight was operated by Nordic Regional Airlines – Norra.

Finnair issued this short statement on social media:

Our flight AY865 HEL-GOT had to divert to Turku, as smell of smoke was detected in the aircraft. The plane landed safely and passengers were evacuated with slides. The passengers will be rerouted to GOT and the aircraft will now undergo thorough examination.

Twitter photo above from Aftonbladet:

Top Copyright Photo: OH-LKE when it was painted in the previous livery. Finnair (Nordic Regional Airlines-Norra) Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKE (msn 19000059) GVA (Paul Denton). Image: 905901.

Winter 2018: Finnair to add over 100 weekly flights including Lapland, Russia, Stuttgart, Lisbon and the Baltics

Finnair Airbus A320-214 OH-LXF (msn 1712) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 912732.

Finnair will continue to grow its operations during the 2018-2019 winter season with additional capacity added to existing routes in Lapland, Russia and the Baltic countries. In addition, Stuttgart and Lisbon will become year-round destinations.

During the 2018-2019 winter season, Finnair will serve both Kittilä and Ivalo, two of the most popular winter destinations in Finnish Lapland, with additional daily nonstop flights. In addition, schedules for flights to Lapland airports have been aligned for more convenient connections and increased options for customers. Finnair’s direct flights to Lapland from London Gatwick, Paris and Zurich will also continue for the 2018 winter season.

Stuttgart and Lisbon, two new destinations for Finnair starting on April 23 and June 1, 2017 respectively, will continue during the winter season and become year-round routes for Finnair. Stuttgart will be operated as a daily flight and the Lisbon flight will be operated three times per week. As previously announced last spring, Finnair’s flight to Nanjing, China is also continuing as a year-round route with two weekly frequencies during the winter season.

Finnair is adding a new daily overnight flight to Moscow, which will greatly improve connections for Russian passengers travelling to Europe and North America. Additional capacity is also being added for St. Petersburg as the route will be operated with a larger jet aircraft. With this change, Finnair will be adding approximately 600 additional seats per week on the St. Petersburg route. Both Moscow and St. Petersburg will be operated with three daily frequencies.

For the Baltic region, Finnair is also adding a weekly frequency on Sundays for both Riga and Vilnius. Finnair will operate 19 weekly flights to both destinations during the 2018-2019 winter season.

Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A320-214 OH-LXF (msn 1712) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 912732.

Finnair adds capacity to Stockholm, expands cooperation with Swedish regional airline BRA

BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) BAe RJ100 SE-DSV (msn E3250) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 934629.

Finnair will add connections to Stockholm’s Bromma airport, and deepen its cooperation with the Swedish regional airline BRA. With the new frequencies, Finnair adds capacity between Bromma and Helsinki by a total of 40%, offering up to 7 connections per day between both cities. The new connections to Stockholm’s conveniently located downtown airport further improve Finnair’s offering for the Swedish market, which is one of Finnair’s key markets. Finnair also flies to Stockholm Arlanda airport with up to 8 connections a day.

Starting from January 2018, BRA will operate an additional afternoon flight for Finnair from Bromma in Stockholm to Helsinki and back during the weekdays, offering Swedish customers an additional connection to Finnair’s extensive Asian network. Finnair will also operate an additional morning flight from Helsinki to Bromma five days a week, and an evening flight from Bromma to Helsinki six days a week, giving Finnair customers an improved schedule and quick transfers to BRA’s regional network in Sweden via Bromma. BRA offers connections from Bromma to Malmö, Umeå, Sundsvall, Växjö, Visby, Ängelholm, Halmstad, Ronneby, Östersund and Trollhättan.

 

Finnair flies to four airports in Sweden – Stockholm Arlanda and Bromma, Gothenburg and Umeå – with a total of up to 17 daily connections. With the BRA codeshare, Finnair covers altogether 13 cities in Sweden, and a frequent flyer program partnership between both airlines enables Finnair Plus customers to earn and use points throughout BRA’s network.

BRA flies to 13 destinations in Sweden.

BRA has a fleet of nine AVRO (BAe) RJ100s and two AVRO RJ85s.

Copyright Photo: BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) BAe RJ100 SE-DSV (msn E3250) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 934629.

Finnair is opening new routes to India, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Lapland

Delivered on December 30, 2015

Finnair has made this announcement:

Finnair is poised to enter the largest expansion in its history during the upcoming winter season.

Finnair’s growth strategy will be in full swing during the winter season with 20 intercontinental destinations, over 100 destinations in Europe and a significant increase in capacity for Lapland destinations.

Finnair is opening new routes to Goa, India on November 1, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on November 5, to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic on November 30 and to Havana, Cuba on December 1.

“This winter, we are entering the biggest expansion phase in our airline’s 94-year history,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair. “We are opening several new destinations, expanding our network and fleet including our eleven Airbus A350s, adding capacity to Finnish Lapland and taking important strides in our customer experience. It’s a very exciting time to fly Finnair.”

Due to the continued increase in demand for Lapland as a tourist destination, Finnair is also heavily expanding its capacity to several Lapland airports for the upcoming winter season. Finnair is the leading airline flying to Lapland with several weekly connections, and timetables designed to support smooth connections from Europe, Asia and North America.

Finnair is increasing its capacity to Lapland by over 20%. As of mid-December, Finnair will start flying new nonstop flights to Lapland airports from London Gatwick, Paris and Zurich. Finnair is also increasing its capacity from Helsinki airport to several Lapland airports for the entire winter season, and offers a total of 430,000 seats to five of Lapland’s airports during the winter season.

Finnair flies to the following intercontinental destinations:

· 16 weekly to Bangkok
· 14 weekly to Tokyo Narita as joint business with Japan Airlines
· 10 weekly to Hong Kong
· 7 weekly to Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and New York JFK
· 6 weekly to Delhi
· 5 weekly to Osaka and Nagoya
· 3 weekly to Chongqing, Phuket and Miami
· 2 weekly to Goa, Havana and Krabi
· 1 weekly to Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Plata and Ho Chi Minh City

Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWC (msn 020) LHR (SPA). Image: 936228.

Finnair acquires the remaining 60% of Nordic Regional Airlines AB (Norra)

Norra - Nordic Regional Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) OH-ATK (msn 848) HEL (Ton Jochems). Image: 937419.

Finnair has acquired 60% of Nordic Regional Airlines AB (Norra) from Staffpoint Holding Oy (StaffPoint) and Kilco Oy (Kilco). Finnair currently owns 40% of the company, and following the transaction Norra will transfer full ownership to Finnair on an interim basis. The transaction has no impact on Norra’s operations or personnel.

Norra operates Finnair’s domestic and European routes as purchase traffic with a total of 24 ATR and Embraer aircraft. Following the changes in StaffPoint’s ownership base disclosed on 5 October 2017, StaffPoint and Kilco have decided to withdraw from the ownership of Norra. Finnair aims to find a new majority owner for Norra.

”Recent years have shown that the partnership model can be successful in domestic and regional purchase traffic. Our aim is to find a new, industrial partner to develop Norra’s business further with us,” says Finnair COO ­Jaakko Schildt.

The transaction requires approval by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority.

Copyright Photo: Norra – Nordic Regional Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) OH-ATK (msn 848) HEL (Ton Jochems). Image: 937419.