Category Archives: Finnair

Finnair and Gevo enter into sustainable aviation fuel sales agreement

Finnair has signed a new fuel sales agreement with Colorado-based renewable fuels producer Gevo, Inc. The agreement outlines the details for the purchase of 7 million gallons per year of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for five years starting from 2027. The expected value for the agreement is $192 million over the five-year period, including associated environmental benefits. This agreement is part of oneworld® Alliance’s plan to purchase up to 200 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel per year from Gevo.

Finnair uses an extensive toolkit to achieve emission reductions – using sustainable aviation fuels,  reducing the weight of aircraft, developing fuel-efficient flight methods, offsetting, and engaging customers in reducing aviation emissions. Finnair is also actively exploring the possibilities of introducing new technologies into its operations.

Gevo’s sustainable aviation fuel is produced using inedible corn products that are processed to create ethanol that is then converted into sustainable aviation fuel. The fuel is used with book and claim principle on Finnair’s flights from Los Angeles.

Finnair has also made a purchase agreement with Aemetis for a total of 17.5 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel to be delivered during 2025-2032. Finnair has earlier partnered with Neste in Finland to increase to use of SAF and hence reduce carbon emissions of flying.

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Finnair arrives in Seattle-Tacoma, first departure to Helsinki

Finnair made this announcement on the first flight to SEA on June 1:

Our inaugural flight to Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting departure ceremony at Helsinki Airport (HEL).

With this new direct flight, we are excited to be able to offer excellent transfer connections to the West Coast and Canada through our partner Alaska Airlines.

Finnair arrives in SEA (below).

Meanwhile SEA celebrate the first departure to HEL.

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Finnair brings its new long-haul Business Class to the Chicago route

Finnair has announced Chicago is the next route of the airline’s new, spacious long-haul experience, featuring a brand-new Business Class (above) and exciting new Premium Economy cabin (below).
Flights with an updated aircraft for the Chicago route started on June 1 and operate daily.
The Finnish flag carrier unveiled the 200-million-euro investment back in February as part of their commitment to enhance the customer experience. The complete cabin renewal covers all Finnair Airbus A350 and A330 long-haul aircraft, with new cabins to be fitted over the next two years, featuring an entirely new Business Class, a brand-new Premium Economy cabin, and a refreshed Economy Class.
The full experience, complete with renewed service concepts, is available on selected routes across Finnair’s long-haul network including Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York and Singapore; additional routes will be announced in the coming months.
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Finnair wet leases an Airbus A320 from DAT for the busy summer season

Finnair will lease an Airbus A320 aircraft and crew from DAT for the busy summer season. The aircraft will be operating selected frequencies on Finnair’s route between Helsinki and Copenhagen in June, and on Finnair’s routes between Helsinki and Oulu and Helsinki and Lisbon between July and October.

The flight deck and cabin crew for these flights come from DAT, and the flights have Finnair’s service concept.

Customers, who have a booking on a flight where the operating carrier changes from Finnair to DAT, will get a message about the change. In case customers wish to make changes to their reservation, they are asked to contact Finnair customer services for assistance.

DAT is a Danish airline, operating regional routes in Denmark, Norway, Italy, Germany and Finland, and providing charter and ACMI services.

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Finnair removes the face mask requirement on flights where it is not an authority requirement

Finnair made this announcement:

Many countries are removing COVID-19-related restrictions due to the increasing vaccination coverage and the mild form of the recent virus variants. In line with this, Finnair is now lifting the requirement to wear a face mask on board all flights.

As of April 25, 2022, customers and crew are no longer required to wear a face mask onboard Finnair flights, unless it is specifically required by the authorities of the destination or origin country.

Many countries still require that masks are worn onboard flights to and from the destination. On such flights, both crew and customers are required to wear a face mask throughout the flight. Customers can check the list of countries requiring masks onboard on Finnair.com travel updates page or check the local authorities’ web pages for details. Masks are not, for example, required on domestic flights and on flights to and from Scandinavia, whereas on flights to and from Asia and many European destinations masks are still required.

Finnair to fly to 77 destinations in winter 2022, as travel continues to recover

Finnair has updated its offering for winter 2022-2023, with a view to the Russian airspace closure. Finnair flies to ten Asian destinations, five US destinations, and 62 European destinations from its Helsinki hub during the coming winter. Finnair also has direct flights to the US and Thailand from Stockholm Arlanda.

Finnair’s US offering comprises daily flights to New York John F Kennedy airport from Helsinki, three weekly flights to Los Angeles and Miami, and four weekly flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, and Chicago O’Hare. From Stockholm Arlanda, Finnair offers three weekly direct flights to New York JFK, Los Angeles, and Miami. Finnair’s new Premium Economy travel class and the totally renewed long-haul cabins are available on all departures to and from New York for both Helsinki and Arlanda.

In Asia, Finnair continues to serve Delhi, Singapore, Seoul, and Tokyo Narita with daily flights connecting to Finnair’s extensive European network. Finnair also flies to its new destination Mumbai four days a week, to Hong Kong 7 times a week, and to Shanghai once a week. Holiday travellers to Thailand enjoy up to 14 weekly frequencies to Bangkok, three weekly frequencies to Phuket and two weekly frequencies to Krabi. Finnair flies to Bangkok and Phuket also from Stockholm Arlanda with two weekly frequencies to each destination. Due to the closure of Russian airspace, Finnair continues to suspend flights to Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya, Osaka and Sapporo for the winter season.

Finnair’s European offering comprises approximately 60 routes, including double dailies to and from most European capitals, serving the needs of both leisure and corporate travelers. Finnair offers smooth connections from Europe to its Asian and US network, as well as to the popular winter destinations Ivalo, Kittilä and Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland. Lapland offers authentic winter experiences from skiing to husky rides, and those wishing to catch the magic of the Northern Lights have plenty of opportunities for that.

Finnair Airbus A320-214 OH-LXL (msn 2146) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 957340.

Above Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A320-214 OH-LXL (msn 2146) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 957340.

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Finnair commits to science-based targets initiative

Finnair has made this announcement:

As part of their commitment to sustainability, today Finnair has signed a letter of intent for a commitment to cooperate with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to bring CO2 emissions reduction targets in line with the UN Paris Climate Agreement. The UN Paris Climate Agreement aims to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels to combat the effects of climate change. Finnair aims to meet their target within the next two years.

“The climate challenges of flying need to be solved, so that the social and economic benefits of aviation can continue. Finnair has ambitious emissions reduction targets: by the end of 2025, we intend to halve the level of net emissions from 2019 and achieve carbon neutrality latest by the end of 2045. Commitment to the CO2 reduction path SBTi has developed for aviation aligns our targets with the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Eveliina Huurre, SVP Sustainability at Finnair.

Finnair uses an extensive toolkit to achieve emission reductions. The key tools reducing emissions include reducing the weight of aircraft, developing fuel-efficient flight methods, using sustainable fuels (SAF) and offsets, and engaging customers in reducing aviation emissions. Finnair is also actively exploring the possibilities of introducing new technologies into its operations.

Finnair commits to Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), resumes flights to Riga

Finnair has signed a letter of intent for a commitment to cooperate with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to bring CO2 emissions reduction targets in line with the UN Paris Climate Agreement. Finnair sets the target within the next two years. The UN Paris Climate Agreement aims to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels to combat the effects of climate change.

“The climate challenges of flying need to be solved, so that the social and economic benefits of aviation can continue. Finnair has ambitious emissions reduction targets: by the end of 2025, we intend to halve the level of net emissions from 2019 and achieve carbon neutrality latest by the end of 2045. Commitment to the CO2 reduction path SBTi has developed for aviation aligns our targets with the Paris Climate Agreement,” says Eveliina Huurre, SVP Sustainability at Finnair.

Finnair uses an extensive toolkit to achieve emission reductions. The key tools reducing emissions include reducing the weight of aircraft, developing fuel-efficient flight methods, using sustainable fuels (SAF) and offsets, and engaging customers in reducing aviation emissions. Finnair is also actively exploring the possibilities of introducing new technologies into its operations.

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a global body enabling businesses to set ambitious emissions reductions targets in line with the latest climate science. It is focused on accelerating companies and financial institutions across the world to halve emissions before 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions before 2050. The initiative is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.

In other news, Finnair has resumed flights to Riga.

Finnair offers bus connections from Turku and Tampere to Helsinki Airport

Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWI (msn 104) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 956924.

Finnair has made this announcement:

Starting May 2, 2022, Finnair customers can travel between Turku and Helsinki and Tampere and Helsinki in Finland either by air or with a new kind of a bus connection that smoothly links to and from connecting flights from Helsinki Airport. Flights from/to Turku and Tampere are operated in early morning and late evening, allowing for smooth connections to and from Finnair’s network in Europe. During the daytime, Finnair offers a bus connection between Turku/Tampere and Helsinki Airport, and the bus ticket is combined to the flight reservation. The bus connections to/from Tampere are already on sale at finnair.com and the bus connections to/from Turku are available soon.

Combining different modes of transport will reduce the carbon footprint of these domestic routes. Multimodal travel chains are a part of the toolkit for reducing the CO2 footprint of aviation.

The bus connection is operated by Korsisaari bus company, with high-quality coaches that run 100% biodiesel. A one-way bus ride produces more than 1,000 kilograms less CO2 than a one-way flight on these routes. A smooth bus service with guaranteed flight connections is an option for reducing carbon footprint also for those customers, who would otherwise arrive the airport by car.

The bus route runs from Turku and Tampere airports to the bus stations at the city centers, and from there to Helsinki Airport and back. Those arriving at Helsinki Airport by bus have access to priority check-in and security check, enabling a quick transfer to a connecting flight. When changing from a flight to a bus connection at Helsinki Airport, customers will receive their checked baggage among the first ones. Finnair also guarantees connections in the event of traffic disruptions.

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Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWI (msn 104) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 956924.

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With airspace limitations, Finnair updates its flights for summer 2022

Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWP (msn 392) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 957112.

Finnair has updated its traffic program for summer 2022, as the closure of Russian airspace impacts Finnair’s Asian traffic. Finnair connects customers from its Helsinki hub to almost 70 European destinations, five North American destinations and eight Asian destinations, including new destination Mumbai, during the summer season 2022.

Some long-haul flights to Asia are cancelled due to Russian airspace closure, and consequently, frequencies in Finnair’s European network are adjusted to the resulting decrease in transferring customers. Finnair informs customers personally via email and text messages of changes to their flights. Customers can then either change the travel date or seek a refund, if they don’t want to use an alternative flight or if re-routing is not available.

Finnair’s Asian offering comprises of daily connections to Bangkok, Delhi, Singapore and Tokyo, three weekly flights to Seoul, two weekly flights to Hong Kong, one weekly frequency to Shanghai, and a new route to Mumbai, India, with three weekly frequencies.

Finnair suspends its other services to Japan for the summer 2022 season, due to the Russian airspace closure. Finnair was originally scheduled to serve Tokyo Narita and Haneda airports, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, and Fukuoka with altogether 40 weekly flights. Finnair is also postponing the start of its new Busan route.

On March 27, Finnair opens its new route to Dallas/Fort Worth, with four weekly flights and full connectivity to American Airline’s extensive network in the US. Another new route, Seattle, opens on June 1 with three weekly frequencies. Finnair also flies to New York JFK and to Chicago daily, and to Los Angeles three times a week. In addition, Finnair flies daily from Stockholm Arlanda to New York JFK and to Los Angeles four times a week.

In Europe, Finnair has a strong network almost 70 destinations, including Southern Europe leisure destinations such as Alicante, Chania, Lisbon, Malaga, Nice, Porto and Rhodes, all served with several weekly frequencies. Those seeking city experiences will enjoy the at least double daily connections Finnair offers to key European cities like Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Hamburg, London, Milan, Paris, Prague and Rome. In Scandinavia and the Baltics, Finnair offers multiple daily flights to the capital cities of Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWP (msn 392) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 957112.

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