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Finnair to fly to Busan, South Korea

"Marinekko Kivet", delivered on September 22, 2017

Finnair has made this announcement:

Finnair continues to grow its Asian operations and adds Busan in South Korea as a new destination in summer 2020. Finnair will be the first and only airline connecting Busan to Europe with a non-stop flight.

In summer season 2020, Finnair will operate from Helsinki to Busan three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, starting on March 30th, 2020 (subject to regulatory approvals) with its modern Airbus A350 aircraft, with flights connecting smoothly to and from Finnair’s vast network of European destinations.

The addition of Busan into Finnair’s network connects over 100 European destinations with 20 destinations in Asia.

Busan (above) is South Korea’s second largest city with 3.5 million inhabitants. It is located on the south-eastern tip of the Korean Peninsula and is known for its beautiful scenery that combines mountains, rivers and the sea. It offers excellent beaches and great hiking trails in a temperate climate.

Finnair specialises in connecting Europe and Asia via the short Northern route through Helsinki, Finland, with timetables designed to support smooth transfers and short travel times.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWL (msn 134) (Marinekko Kivet) HEL (Tony Storck). Image: 943563.

Finnair aircraft slide show:


Finnair to operate three weekly flights to new Beijing Daxing International Airport as of November 2019

Finnair has made this announcement:

Finnair will add capacity to Beijing with three weekly flights to the new Beijing Daxing International Airport, which opens for operation by September 30, 2019.

Finnair will operate to Beijing International DaxingAirport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays as of November 3, 2019 with an Airbus A330 aircraft. The new frequencies are in addition to Finnair’s daily flights to Beijing Capital Airport.

Photo: Finnair. The new Finnair Business Lounge at the Helsinki hub.

The new frequencies connect smoothly to Finnair’s network of over 100 destinations in Europe, allowing travellers short flight times and convenient transfers via Helsinki.

Finnair operates to seven destinations in Greater China, and China is among Finnair’s top markets globally. This spring, Finnair announced codeshare collaborations with Juneyao Air and with China Southern, which brought 13 new Chinese destinations to Finnair’s customers.

Finnair to transfer their Delhi route cabin service to OSM Aviation

Finnair has made this announcement:

Finnair is expanding its cooperation with the Norway based OSM Aviation.

Cabin services in the Delhi route will be transferred to OSM Aviation during the last quarter of 2019. In the future OSM Aviation will be the cabin service provider for the route and all service will be in English. 85% of customers on the Delhi route are international.

The regional cabin crew, employed by Global Aviation and operating the cabin services on Delhi route, will be offered an option to transfer to OSM Aviation.

OSM Aviation has been responsible for the cabin services in Finnair’s Singapore and Hong Kong routes since 2015.

The change does not affect the current Finnair crew in Finland. Finnair has recruited 290 cabin crew members in Finland in 2018 alone. We have currently 2230 cabin crew members based in Finland and 180 local Finnair cabin crew members based in Korea, Japan and Spain.

OSM Aviation crew operating the cabin service on the Delhi route completes the Finnair trainings at Finnair Flight Academy in Finland.

Finnair and China Southern launch codeshare cooperation that brings five new destinations for Finnair customers in China

Finnair and China Southern Airlines have agreed on new codeshare partnership starting on  June 1, 2019. The cooperation includes the Finnair route between Guangzhou and Helsinki, and selected China Southern destinations in China.

The new codeshare partnership adds five new destinations to Finnair´s network in China, and customers will be able to connect with China Southern from Guangzhou to Changsha (CSX), Chongqing (CKG), Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing (NKG), Sanya (SYX), Wenzhou (WNZ), Xiamen (XMN) and Xi´an (XIY).

In addition, China Southern code CZ will be added to Finnair flights from Helsinki to several popular destinations in Europe: Amsterdam (AMS), Billund (BLL), Copenhagen (CPH), Goteborg (GOT), London (LHR), Paris (CDG), Riga (RIX) and Stockholm (ARN).

The new codeshare flights can be booked from May 21, 2019 onwards.

Finnair recently moved to the new Terminal 2 in Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. Terminal 2 is optimised and designed for smooth transfer traffic. This this move also supports the codeshare collaboration between Finnair and China Southern, who offers extensive domestic connections from Guangzhou onwards.

Finnair starts codeshare cooperation with Juneyao Air, extending its network in China

Juneyao Air's first 787, in special Peony livery

Finnair and the Shanghai-based Juneyao Air have agreed on a new codeshare cooperation on the route operated by Juneyao Air and Finnair between Helsinki and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), as well as on selected Juneyao routes in China and selected Finnair routes in Finland. The new codeshare agreement adds eight new destinations to Finnair’s network in China.

From June 28, 2019 onwards Finnair customers can connect with Juneyao Air from Shanghai to Harbin, Shenyang, Dalian, Qingdao, Xi´an, Chongqing, Kunming, Xiamen and Fuzhou. In addition, the Finnair code will be added on Juneyao Air routes between Nanjing and Xi´an, Chongqing and Zhangjiajie. At the same time, Juneyao Air code will be added to Finnair´s route between Shanghai and Helsinki, and to Finnair’s domestic routes from Helsinki to Ivalo, Rovaniemi, Kemi, Kuopio and Oulu. The Finnish Lapland has become a popular destination for Chinese tourists.

These new codeshare flights can be booked from May 16, 2019.

In other news, Finnair yesterday celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first long-haul route to New York:

May 15 is the anniversary of our first long haul flight. We opened the route to New York 50 years ago. The flight to New York departed on May 15, 1969 at 10.30. The route anniversary was celebrated at Helsinki Airport.

Top Copyright Photo: Juneyao Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner B-1115 (msn 64312) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 943661.

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Finnair expands its push for change offsetting initiative

Finnair has made this announcement:

Finnair is expanding its Push for change CO2 offsetting service for customers. The company has signed Letters of Intent on including Compensate service as well as a rewilding project by Snowchange Cooperative into the options available for CO2 offsetting. The target is to bring these options into the Push for change service during this year.

“Last summer, we asked Finns how they view CO2 emissions, and carbon sinks were among the favorite alternatives for reducing the CO2 load,” says Arja Suominen, Senior Vice President for Communications and Corporate Responsibility at Finnair. “Our customers have also asked for domestic projects to be included into the Push for change service alongside the existing project in Mozambique, and we are delighted to be able to offer even more offsetting alternatives.”

Compensate is a non-profit foundation that was established in 2018 and their purpose is to fight climate change by offering consumers the possibility to begin living a carbon negative life and offset their everyday purchases at the time of sale. Compensate directs 100 % of the payments to various projects that reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

“We must do much more than now to stop climate change, and this is why the opportunity to collaborate with Finnair is so important for us,” says Antero Vartia, founder of Compensate. “The impact of this will be larger than the collaboration itself, as the power of example is so great.”

Snowchange Cooperative is a Finnish non-profit science and nature conservation organisation, with projects in Siberia, Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Finland. For the past 20 years, Snowchange has been a pioneer in combatting climate change through research, restoration and rewilding. Through Finnair’s Push for Change service, customers can support the cooperative’s Landscape Rewilding Programme, where Finnish marshmires, bogs and wetlands are restored. The wetlands and marshmires of the boreal forests are carbon sinks comparable to the rainforests of Amazon, and key for preserving northern biodiversity.

“Marshmires are key carbon sinks in the boreal zone and also in global context”, says Tero Mustonen from Snowchange Cooperative. ”By restoring marshmires and wetlands we can create new carbon sinks and restore and preserve habitats for species that are affected by climate change impacts, especially wader birds. Restored wetlands are also important for the local communities. Landscape Rewilding is the largest restoration project on private lands under way in Finland, and we are excited about Finnair’s contribution to this project.”

With Finnair’s Push for change service, including both CO2 offsetting and biofuel purchasing, air travelers can offset the CO2 emissions of their flight by supporting CO2 reduction projects, or decrease the CO2 emissions of their flights by purchasing biofuel. The service is available on the Finnair Shop at and customers can also use their Finnair Plus frequent flyer points for the service. Customer payments are directed in full to CO2 reduction projects and biofuel purchases.

Finnair to fly to Guangzhou, China year-round as of winter 2019

Finnair extends its seasonal Guangzhou route to year-round operations and will operate between Helsinki and Guangzhou with two weekly frequencies during winter season 2019/2020. Finnair launched its Guangzhou route as a summer route in 2016, and as of this spring, will serve the route with its new Airbus A350 aircraft, adding both passenger and cargo capacity to the route.

Finnair also moves to the new Terminal 2 in Guangzhou. Terminal 2 is optimised and designed for smooth transfer traffic, and this move also will support the planned code share collaboration between Finnair and China Southern, who offers extensive domestic connections from Guangzhou onwards.

Finnair flies between Guangzhou and Helsinki with four weekly frequencies in the summer season, and two weekly frequencies in the winter season. Finnair serves seven destinations – Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Xi´an and Hong Kong in Greater China, and will in summer season 2019 operate up to 42 weekly frequencies to China from its Helsinki hub.