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Finnair to offer an affordable COVID-19 testing near Helsinki Airport

Finnair has made this announcement:

Several EU countries require travellers to have a negative corona test as a requirement for entry. To make travel more accessible to more people, Finnair is now introducing a rapid antigen test that costs just 65 euros and is available from 4 August. Testing is handled by Finnair Health Services and it’s available at Finnair’s headquarters in Vantaa near the airport at Tietotie 9.

The test can be booked online at finnairtest.mbooking.fi. The booking can be made with a Finnish personal identity code, or your date of birth. The test result and certificate in English are delivered electronically within two hours. The results are also available in My Kanta in Finland.

“Pre-testing is a prerequisite for safe travel in many countries. Therefore it must be affordable and reasonably priced for anyone who wants to travel. Finnair’s new rapid antigen testing service smoothens the journey. The rapid antigen test is a good option for tourists arriving in Finland who need a negative corona test certificate for their return journey. A growing number of countries are accepting rapid antigen testing as a travel document. Our aim is to make this available also in other locations in Finland”, says Kaarlo Karvonen, Finnair’s Head of Security.

The rapid antigen test is valid in most EU and Schengen countries and you get the result quickly, making it easier to plan travel. The entry requirements of different countries can be checked on the travel restrictions map on Finnair’s website or the websites of the authorities of the countries. Some countries only accept PCR testing for pre-testing, which Finnair does not yet offer. The PCR test result can be obtained, for example, from Finnair’s partner Terveystalo or another health care provider.

Finnair introduces nonstop long-haul flights from Stockholm Arlanda

Delivered on December 13, 2018

Finnair to complete with SAS at ARN:

Finnair opens nonstop flight routes from Arlanda Airport, Stockholm in Sweden to Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand and Miami in the United States for the winter season 2021/2022.

All three routes will be operated with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft offering a smooth and modern travel experience.

As of October 22, 2021 Finnair flies from Arlanda to Bangkok five times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. From November 28, 2021 the weekly frequencies will be increased to seven and flights are operated from Monday through Sunday until April 22, 2022.

Flights from Arlanda to Phuket will be operated on Sundays as of October 24, 2021. An additional frequency will be added Thursday as of November 4, 2021 and for Tuesdays as of November 30, 2021. Flights to Phuket will be operated until April 21, 2022.

Flights from Arlanda to Miami will start with two weekly frequencies, on Wednesdays and Saturdays as of October 23, 2021. From November 29, 2021 flights will be operated also on Monday and Friday until April 22, 2022.

Finnair flies to Bangkok, Phuket and Miami also from its home base Helsinki Airport.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWM (msn 264) LHR (SPA). Image: 945935.

Finnair aircraft slide show:

Finnair reports a 54.5% jump in traffic in June over May

Finnair Airbus A330-302 OH-LTT (msn 1088) LHR (SPA). Image: 948136.

In June, Finnair carried 127,900 passengers, which was 131.5% more than in June 2020. The COVID-19 impact was already clearly visible then as Finnair only operated a minimum network due to strict and extensive travel restrictions. The number of passengers in June 2021 was 54.5% more than in May 2021 (month-on-month figures are not fully comparable as there is one fewer day in June).

The COVID-19 impact, including the strict travel restrictions imposed by several countries, still affected all passenger traffic figures. It was particularly visible in the North Atlantic and Asian figures. The overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) increased in June by 359.2% year-on-year and by 44.6% month-on-month. Finnair operated 78 daily flights (cargo-only included) on average, which was 59.2% more than in June 2020 and 20.0% more than in May 2021. The differences between capacity figures compared to June 2020 are explained by the longer average stage length of flights operated and by the larger gauge of aircraft operated. Finnair’s traffic, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs), increased by 263.6% year-on-year and by 73.0% month-on-month. The Passenger Load Factor (PLF) decreased by 9.1% points to 34.7% year-on-year but increased by 5.7% points month-on-month.

The ASK increase in Asian traffic was 100.0% year-on-year as there were no comparable passenger flights in June 2020. In North Atlantic traffic, the ASKs increased by 5,243.3%: there was only a single passenger flight in June 2020, and the Chicago and Los Angeles routes were re-opened in June 2021, complementing the New York route, which was re-opened in March 2021. In European traffic, the ASKs were up by 85.7%. The ASKs in domestic traffic increased by 116.3%.

RPKs increased in Asian traffic by 100.0% year-on-year, in North Atlantic traffic by 16,780.5%, in European traffic by 156.8% and in domestic traffic by 135.7%.

The PLF was 14.4% in Asian traffic but it was supported by the strong cargo operations and a high cargo load factor. The PLF was 25.5% in North Atlantic traffic, 57.9% in European traffic and 73.1% in domestic traffic.

Passenger numbers increased in Asian traffic by 100.0% year-on-year, in North Atlantic traffic by 15,154.2%, in European traffic by 118.4% and in domestic traffic by 110.9%.

In June, available scheduled cargo tonne kilometres increased by 3,014.5% year-on-year (increased by 38.9% month-on-month) and revenue scheduled cargo tonne kilometres increased by 4,342.9% (increased by 36.6% month-on-month), both due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on scheduled flights especially in Asian and North Atlantic traffic in June 2020. However, cargo related available tonne kilometres increased only by 64.4% year-on-year (decreased by 5.5% month-on-month) and revenue tonne kilometres increased by 64.8% (decreased by 6.7% month-on-month) as they both also include the cargo-only flights operated mainly between Europe and Asia as well as Europe and North America. Cargo-only tonnes were down by 28.6% year-on-year and by 34.6% month-on-month. The total cargo tonnes increased by 52.2% year-on-year but decreased by 8.1% month-on-month. Demand for the cargo capacity remained strong especially in Asian traffic. As a result, the cargo load factor remained high.

In June, 87.9% of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (96.6%).

Traffic statistics for July 2021 will be published on Thursday 5 August 2021.

Finnair Traffic Performance June 2021
Month % Change YTD % Change
Total traffic
Passengers 1,000 127.9 131.5 550.8 -80.0
Available seat kilometres mill 594.1 359.2 2,619.7 -73.8
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 206.0 263.6 740.8 -89.6
Passenger load factor % 34.7 -9.1p 28.3 -43.0p
Cargo tonnes total 6,216.0 52.2 40,315.3 -0.5
Available tonne kilometres mill 141.5 40.9 857.1 -49.3
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 64.7 95.2 363.3 -59.6
Asia
Passengers 1,000 Asia 4.8 100.0 20.8 -95.5
Available seat kilometres mill Asia 248.5 100.0 1,360.8 -71.0
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Asia 35.8 100.0 155.6 -95.7
Passenger load factor % Asia 14.4 N/A 11.4 -64.9p
Europe
Passengers 1,000 Europe 88.0 118.4 304.9 -80.8
Available seat kilometres mill Europe 213.7 85.7 854.1 -78.0
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Europe 123.9 156.8 402.1 -84.2
Passenger load factor % Europe 57.9 16.0p 47.1 -18.7p
North Atlantic
Passengers 1,000 North Atlantic 3.7 15,154.2 4.7 -94.3
Available seat kilometres mill North Atlantic 105.2 5,243.3 159.9 -81.2
Revenue passenger kilometres mill North Atlantic 26.8 16,780.5 33.6 -94.8
Passenger load factor % North Atlantic 25.5 17.4p 21.0 -55.2p
Domestic
Passengers 1,000 Domestic 31.4 110.9 220.4 -64.2
Available seat kilometres mill Domestic 26.7 116.3 244.9 -59.7
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Domestic 19.5 135.7 149.5 -59.2
Passenger load factor % Domestic 73.1 6.0p 61.1 0.8p
Cargo Traffic
Europe tonnes 169.4 -21.9 1,041.2 -85.7
North Atlantic tonnes 688.0 2,272.1 1,148.4 -54.8
Asia tonnes 2,609.4 100.0 14,151.8 -31.7
Domestic tonnes 25.5 18.8 161.6 -2.2
Cargo scheduled traffic total tonnes 3,492.3 1,206.2 16,503.0 -46.3
Cargo flights tonnes** 2,723.7 -28.6 23,812.3 142.7
Cargo Traffic tonnes total 6,216.0 52.2 40,315.3 -0.5
Available tonne kilometres* mill 56.8 64.4 363.9 -20.3
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 46.3 64.8 297.6 14.1
Available sched. cargo tonne kms* mill 31.3 3,014.5 143.1 -60.8
Revenue sched. cargo tonne kms mill 25.2 4,342.9 117.7 -38.2
Cargo load factor* % 81.5 0.2p 81.8 24.7p
– North-Atlantic cargo load factor* % 75.5 -24.5p 77.5 11.2p
– Asia cargo load factor* % 86.2 N/A 86.0 30.2p
Scheduled traffic Cargo load factor* % 80.5 24.1p 82.3 30.1p

* Based on average operational cargo capacity

** Including purchased traffic

  • Change %: Change compared to the figures of the respective periods in the previous year (p = points).
  • Available seat kilometres. ASK: Total number of seats available. multiplied by the number of kilometres flown.
  • Revenue passenger kilometres. RPK: Number of revenue passengers carried. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Passenger load factor: Share of revenue passenger kilometres of available seat kilometres.
  • Available tonne kilometres. ATK: Number of tonnes of capacity for carriage of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Revenue tonne kilometres. RTK: Total revenue load consisting of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Overall load factor: Share of revenue tonne kilometres of available ton kilometres.

In other news, Finnair announced changes for travel to Finland:

Finland’s new entry model opens up Finland for leisure travelers: travelers from EU and Schengen countries can enter Finland freely as of 12 July without any additional health safety measures when

  • they are fully vaccinated, or
  • have had a covid-19 infection before, or
  • are born in 2006 or later, or
  • arrive from a country with low virus incidence.

Those with one vaccination only are instructed to take a covid-19 test earliest 72 hours after arrival to Finland, and those without any vaccinations are required in addition to have a negative test result before departure to Finland or a test on arrival.

In line with this new model, Finnair will as of July 12, 2021 discontinue its requirement for customers to present covid certificates before boarding flights to Finland.

“With the new legislation, the requirements for entry are checked on arrival, so our customers do not need to show their certificates to Finnair customer service agent at the check-in, when their destination is Finland”, says Jaakko Schildt, Finnair Chief Operating Officer. “We continue to check the documents for those transiting to an international flight at Helsinki, per authority requirements.”

“The health and safety of our customers is a key priority for us, and we continue to have comprehensive measures in place on our flights to ensure safe travel. These include, among others, the obligation to wear a mask for the duration of the flight”, Schildt says.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommended earlier this year that all airlines with flights to Finland require their customers to show either a negative test result, a certificate of recovery, or a vaccination certificate, and Finnair has been the only airline flying to Finland who has adhered to this recommendation. With the discontinuation of this practice, Finnair does not have any requirements of its own regarding covid certificates.

During the interim period of 12-25 July 2021 Finnair will however check that customers traveling to Finland meet the Finnish entry requirements, when they depart from a country that is outside the group of normalized border traffic, as internal border control continues and leisure traffic is not yet allowed from all EU and Schengen countries during the interim period.

More details on entry to Finland are available at https://www.finnair.com/fi-en/flight-information/travel-updates/travelling-to-finland-2166364

Many countries are open for travel, but continue to require covid certificates from travelers, so customers are advised to always check the requirements of their destination country from the local authorities’ website or from Finnair’s travel map at https://www.finnair.com/fi-en/travel-requirements-map.

Finnair flies to approximately 60 destinations during the summer season, with more destinations being added for the winter season.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A330-302 OH-LTT (msn 1088) LHR (SPA). Image: 948136.

Finnair aircraft slide show:

Finnair and Juneyao Air enter into a joint business partnership on the Helsinki-Shanghai route and beyond

Finnair and Shanghai-based Juneyao Air will enter to a joint business partnership on July 1, 2021, where the two carriers will cooperate commercially on flights between Helsinki and Shanghai as well points beyond in China and Europe.

Finnair and Juneyao Air started a codeshare cooperation in July 2019, when Juneyao Air launched its Shanghai-Helsinki route. The joint business further deepens the partnership, providing corporate and leisure customers with more flexible routing options, attractive fares and enhanced benefits for frequent flyer members. Finnair’s and Juneyao’s customers will benefit from more consistent customer policies for example with baggage allowances, integrated customer care and enhanced frequent flyer award point accrual across the two airlines.

Finnair and Juneyao Air currently operate 2 flights per week between Helsinki and Shanghai and look forward to increasing frequencies as soon as the pandemic situation allows. In 2019, Finnair and Juneyao Air both operated daily flights between Helsinki and Shanghai.

Juneyao Air launched its route from Shanghai to Helsinki in July 2019, and since then both Finnair and Juneyao have been codesharing on each other’s Helsinki-Shanghai services and on selected connecting flights from Helsinki to Europe and from Shanghai to other destinations in China. A reciprocal agreement for Finnair Plus and Juneyao Air Club frequent flyer members was also implemented in August 2019, allowing customers to earn and redeem miles and points throughout each partner’s entire network.

Finnair to fly to 70 destinations this coming winter

Finnair (Nordic Regional Airlines-Norra)  Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKG (msn 19000079) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 951393.

Finnair has made this announcement:

Many countries are opening travel as vaccination coverage increases. Finnair has now updated its offering for September-October and for the winter season 2021/2022 (November – March) to meet the needs of its travel-hungry customers. Destinations for autumn and winter include Canary Islands, with flights starting already in September as well as Miami and Thailand in the winter season. Altogether, Finnair flies to some 70 destinations during winter 2021/2022.

“The travel restrictions continue to impact air travel, but many countries are opening for tourism”, says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair. “When planning our offering, we have taken into account the favorite destinations and holiday seasons of our customers – for example, we will reopen flights to Miami and offer great connections to Thailand, Southern Europe as well as to Scandinavia.”

The Finnish Lapland continues to attract travelers, and in September Finnair offers frequent flights to Kittilä and Ivalo in northern Finland – great destinations to experience the wonderful autumn colors of Lapland. Frequencies to Scandinavia are increased in October when Finnair flies to Oslo and Copenhagen three times per day, making one day business trips smoother.

During the winter season Finnair will fly daily to New York and three times a week to Miami and Los Angeles. Bangkok, Phuket and Krabi will be in the offering for Thailand. Altogether 70 destinations will be operated in the winter season, and Finnair flies to for example Alicante, Malaga and Nice throughout the winter.

As the offering for the late autumn and winter season is updated, adjustments also will occur. Finnair will contact those customers affected directly. Customers can either opt for a full refund or to be rerouted if possible.

“Compared to a normal situation, our traffic program evolves as the travel guidance and restrictions continue to change impacting the demand for our flights”, says Ole Orvér. “We try to provide our customers with the most reliable view of winter travel opportunities, but changes to flights are still possible”.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair (Nordic Regional Airlines-Norra) Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKG (msn 19000079) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 951393.

Finnair introduces a Business Light ticket

Finnair will introduce a totally new Business Light ticket and renew its other ticket types on June 15, 2021, addressing the increasing trend for personalization of the travel experience.

Customers can choose a ticket for their needs from three ticket types – Light, Classic and Flex – that are available for both Business and Economy Class for all short-haul and most intercontinental journeys. When booking a ticket, customers select the travel class experience they prefer and the level of flexibility for making reservation changes – along with some additional services included in the ticket. The rest of the experience can be tailored with a wide selection of travel extras.

Business Light is a totally new ticket type designed especially for leisure travelers who want to travel light and affordably while enjoying Business Class comfort. Business Light includes carry-on baggage only. Reservation changes, refunds, airport priority services, lounge access and onboard internet are not included in the ticket price. Customers can always elevate their experience by choosing the travel extras that matter most for them.

The Classic ticket is the most popular option allowing ticket date changes and including one piece of checked baggage. With a Classic ticket bought on June 15 or later, customers can make travel date changes flexibly, paying only the possible fare difference between the original and new tickets. A refund is not possible in the case of a customer cancelling their reservation.

The Flex ticket is a fully flexible and refundable ticket option serving those whose plans can change. When changing travel dates with a Flex ticket, customers only pay the possible fare difference between the original and new tickets. In case a customer wants to cancel their trip, the ticket will be refunded. Flex tickets include checked baggage and advance seat reservation. A Flex ticket bought after June 15 doesn’t include airport priority services.

 

Finnair reports a slight uptick in passenger traffic in May

In May, Finnair carried 82,800 passengers, which was 210.4% more than in May 2020. The COVID-19 impact was clearly visible already then as Finnair operated only a minimum network due to strict and extensive travel restrictions. The number of passengers in May 2021 was 2.3% more than in April 2021 (month-on-month figures are not fully comparable as there is one day less in April compared to May).

The COVID-19 impact, including the exceptionally strict travel restrictions imposed by several countries, still affected all passenger traffic figures. It was visible especially in the North Atlantic and Asian figures. The overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) increased in May by 318.3% year-on-year but decreased by 0.6% month-on-month. Finnair operated 65 daily flights (cargo-only included) on average which was 80.6% more than in May 2020 but 3.0% less than in April 2021. The differences between capacity figures compared to May 2020 are explained by the longer average stage length of operated flights and by the larger gauge of operated aircraft. Finnair’s traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) increased by 305.9% year-on-year and by 9.1% month-on-month. The Passenger Load Factor (PLF) decreased by 0.9% points to 29.0% year-on-year but increased by 2.6% points month-on-month.

The ASK increase in Asian as well as in North Atlantic traffic was 100.0% year-on-year as there were no related passenger flights in May 2020. In European traffic, the ASKs were up by 67.6%. The ASKs in domestic traffic increased by 141.7%.

RPKs increased in Asian and North Atlantic traffic by 100.0% year-on-year, in European traffic by 193.8% and in domestic traffic by 257.8%.

The PLF was 11.8% in Asian traffic but it was supported by the strong cargo operations and a high cargo load factor. The PLF was 22.7% in North Atlantic traffic, 49.6% in European traffic and 69.9% in domestic traffic.

Passenger numbers increased in Asian and North Atlantic traffic by 100.0% year-on-year, in European traffic by 179.2% and in domestic traffic by 239.6%.

In May, available scheduled cargo tonne kilometres increased by 2,736.6% year-on-year (decreased by 4.6% month-on-month) and revenue scheduled cargo tonne kilometres increased by 6,145.3% (decreased by 7.7% month-on-month), both due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on scheduled flights especially Asian and North Atlantic traffic in May 2020. However, cargo related available tonne kilometres increased only by 43.4% year-on-year (decreased by 15.3% month-on-month) and revenue tonne kilometres increased by 62.3% (decreased by 16.2% month-on-month) as they both also include the cargo-only flights operated mainly between Europe and Asia as well as Europe and North America. Cargo-only tonnes were down by 1.4% year-on-year and by 19.0% month-on-month. The total cargo tonnes increased by 53.6% year-on-year but decreased by 14.6% month-on-month. Demand for the cargo capacity remained strong especially in Asian traffic. As a result, the cargo load factor was higher than in the corresponding period of 2020.

In May, 94.9% of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (96.5%).

Traffic statistics for June 2021 will be published on Wednesday 7 July 2021.

Finnair Traffic Performance May 2021
Month % Change YTD % Change
Total traffic
Passengers 1,000 82.8 210.4 422.9 -84.3
Available seat kilometres mill 410.7 318.3 2,025.6 -79.5
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 119.1 305.9 534.8 -92.4
Passenger load factor % 29.0 -0.9p 26.4 -45.2p
Cargo tonnes total 6,765.5 53.6 34,099.3 -6.4
Available tonne kilometres mill 141.8 33.7 715.6 -55.0
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 60.3 81.5 298.6 -65.5
Asia
Passengers 1.000 Asia 3.5 100.0 16.0 -96.6
Available seat kilometres mill Asia 221.2 100.0 1,112.3 -76.3
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Asia 26.1 100.0 119.8 -96.7
Passenger load factor % Asia 11.8 N/A 10.8 -65.6p
Europe
Passengers 1.000 Europe 55.0 179.2 216.9 -86.0
Available seat kilometres mill Europe 150.5 67.6 640.4 -83.0
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Europe 74.6 193.8 278.2 -88.9
Passenger load factor % Europe 49.6 21.3p 43.4 -23.1p
North Atlantic
Passengers 1.000 North Atlantic 0.6 100.0 1.0 -98.8
Available seat kilometres mill North Atlantic 18.7 100.0 54.8 -93.5
Revenue passenger kilometres mill North Atlantic 4.2 100.0 6.7 -99.0
Passenger load factor % North Atlantic 22.7 N/A 12.3 -64.1p
Domestic
Passengers 1.000 Domestic 23.7 239.6 189.0 -68.6
Available seat kilometres mill Domestic 20.3 141.7 218.2 -63.4
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Domestic 14.2 257.8 130.0 -63.7
Passenger load factor % Domestic 69.9 22.7p 59.6 -0.6p
Cargo Traffic
Europe tonnes 162.6 -1.9 871.8 -87.7
North Atlantic tonnes 149.8 100.0 460.3 -81.7
Asia tonnes 2,263.8 100.0 11,542.4 -44.3
Domestic tonnes 24.0 39.0 136.1 -5.3
Cargo scheduled traffic total tonnes 2,600.1 1,321.4 13,010.7 -57.3
Cargo flights tonnes** 4,165.4 -1.4 21,088.6 251.9
Cargo Traffic tonnes total 6,765.5 53.6 34,099.3 -6.4
Available tonne kilometres* mill 60.1 43.4 307.1 -27.3
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 49.7 62.3 251.3 7.9
Available sched. cargo tonne kms* mill 22.6 2,736.6 111.7 -69.3
Revenue sched. cargo tonne kms mill 18.5 6,145.3 92.5 -51.3
Cargo load factor* % 82.6 9.6p 81.8 26.7p
– North-Atlantic cargo load factor* % 78.9 N/A 81.1 15.0p
– Asia cargo load factor* % 85.3 N/A 86.0 30.1p
Scheduled traffic Cargo load factor* % 81.8 44.6p 82.8 30.7p

* Based on average operational cargo capacity

** Including purchased traffic

  • Change %: Change compared to the figures of the respective periods in the previous year (p = points).
  • Available seat kilometres. ASK: Total number of seats available. multiplied by the number of kilometres flown.
  • Revenue passenger kilometres. RPK: Number of revenue passengers carried. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Passenger load factor: Share of revenue passenger kilometres of available seat kilometres.
  • Available tonne kilometres. ATK: Number of tonnes of capacity for carriage of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Revenue tonne kilometres. RTK: Total revenue load consisting of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Overall load factor: Share of revenue tonne kilometres of available tonne kilometres.

Finnair ATR fleet to be fitted with HEPA filters for improved air quality

Finnair (Norra-Nordic Regional Airlines) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) OH-ATL (msn 851) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 950980.

Finnair is installing High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters on the recirculation system of its entire ATR turboprop fleet as one of the first airlines in the world.

The HEPA air filtration system is the most effective technology for cleansing and purifying aircraft compartments air. The particulate filtration removes dust, allergens, bacteria, viruses and other irritating particles from the cabin air with an efficiency of 99.97%.

Finnair’s Airbus and Embraer aircraft are already fitted with HEPA filters, and now HEPA filters are available also for ATR aircraft.

Finnair’s ATR fleet currently consists of twelve aircraft, operated by Finnair’s partner company Norra on short haul routes in domestic and regional traffic.

The installations of the HEPA filters in the ATR fleet will begin in June and be completed by early 2022.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair (Norra-Nordic Regional Airlines) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) OH-ATL (msn 851) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 950980.

Finnair expands its Taste of Finnair meal sales in Finland

Finnair is expanding its Taste of Finnair meal sales in Finland: from Monday May 3, the hand-made meals from Finnair Kitchen are available in Foodora online food delivery service. In addition, meals continue to be available in selected K stores.

At the moment, Taste of Finnair meals are available in Foodora’s webstore Foodora Market in the Helsinki area, and in selected K stores in Southern Finland.

Taste of Finnair -meals are handmade in our kitchen in Vantaa, Finland. Designed by our top chefs, they have been inspired by Finnair business class meals. Taste of Finnair portrays both the fresh taste of the north and the selection of flavors from our destinations.

Finnair pilots sign a new 3.5 year collective labor agreement

Delivered on February 13, 2019

Finnish Air Line Pilots’ Association and Service Sector Employers Palta have signed an agreement on a new, 3.5-year collective labour agreement for Finnair pilots.

The new CLA is in force until 30 September 2024 and it encompasses several important structural changes that support Finnair’s competitiveness in the fiercely competitive post-pandemic market. These include moving from a service year-based salary structure to a vacancy-based salary structure, and measures enabling balancing the seasonality of air traffic more effectively.

“With the new collective labor agreement our pilots demonstrate their willingness to contribute constructively to Finnair’s rebuild phase in the middle of the largest crisis in the history of aviation”, says Johanna Karppi, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Finnair. “I am happy that we have together been able to agree on solutions that support Finnair’s competitiveness while ensuring Finnair is a good employer for Finnish pilots also in the future. The long agreement period brings us predictability and supports the long-term efforts in building Finnair’s future.”

In other news, Finnair started to fly with SAF from Helsinki Airport in April as a  Sustainable Aviation Fuel based solution to reduce business travel emissions with Neste Global.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWN (msn 273) LHR (Andi Hiltl). Image: 947736.

Finnair aircraft slide show: