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Finnair cancels 41 flights to prepare for expected heavy snowfall in Helsinki on January 17

Finnair has made this announcement:

Heavy snowfall is expected to cause limitations to air traffic and to slow down apron operations at Helsinki Airport on Jan 17. Finnair cancels several flights to ensure as smooth as possible operations in the challenging circumstances. In addition, delays are expected.

“We are following the situation closely and do our best to minimize the impacts of the difficult weather conditions on our customers. By cancelling some flights already now we aim to ensure smoother traffic tomorrow, and get all our customers to their destinations. We apologize for the inconvenience the cancellations may cause to our customers”, says Jaakko Schildt, Chief Operating Officer, Finnair.

Finnair has 346 flights on Thursday, and 41 of these are now cancelled.

The following flights are cancelled:

  • Kajaani-Helsinki 17 Jan AY412
  • Copenhagen-Helsinki 17 Jan AY956
  • Helsinki-Copenhagen 17 Jan AY955
  • Stockholm-Helsinki 17 Jan AY834
  • Helsinki-Stockholm 17 Jan AY833
  • Stockholm-Helsinki 17 Jan AY810
  • Helsinki-Stockholm 17 Jan AY809
  • Stockholm-Helsinki 17 Jan AY806
  • Helsinki-Stockholm 17 Jan AY805
  • Moscow-Helsinki 17 Jan AY712
  • Helsinki-Moscow 17 Jan AY711
  • Helsinki-Kittilä 17 Jan AY7023
  • Kittilä-Ivalo 17 Jan AY7023
  • Ivalo-Helsinki 17 Jan AY7023
  • Rovaniemi-Helsinki 17 Jan AY544
  • Helsinki-Rovaniemi 17 Jan AY543
  • Oulu-Helsinki 17 Jan AY434
  • Helsinki-Oulu 17 Jan AY433
  • Helsinki-Kajaani 17 Jan AY411
  • Kuopio-Helsinki 17 Jan AY362
  • Helsinki-Kuopio 17 Jan AY361
  • Joensuu-Helsinki 17 Jan AY344
  • Helsinki-Joensuu 17 Jan AY343
  • Tampere-Helsinki 17 Jan AY266
  • Helsinki-Tampere 17 Jan AY265
  • Turku-Helsinki 17 Jan AY224
  • Helsinki-Turku 17 Jan AY223
  • Paris-Helsinki 17 Jan AY1574
  • Helsinki-Paris 17 Jan AY1573
  • Brussels-Helsinki 17 Jan AY1544
  • Helsinki-Brussels 17 Jan AY1543
  • Stuttgart-Helsinki 17 Jan AY1452
  • Helsinki-Stuttgart 17 Jan AY1451
  • Berlin-Helsinki 17 Jan AY1438
  • Helsinki-Berlin 17 Jan AY1437
  • London-Helsinki 17 Jan AY1342
  • Helsinki-London 17 Jan AY1341
  • Riga-Helsinki 17 Jan AY1074
  • Helsinki-Riga 17 Jan AY1073
  • Shanghai-Helsinki 18 Jan AY088
  • Helsinki-Shanghai 17 Jan AY087

Finnair contacts customers whose flights are disrupted directly via SMS or e-mail. Customers are advised to go to Manage booking on Finnair’s website or Finnair App and check that Finnair has their current contact information.

Customers whose flight is cancelled will be re-routed to their destinations. Re-routing may take time. Finnair will contact customers directly after the re-routing has been finalized. The updated travel plan can also be found via Manage booking on Finnair.com. If the flight is cancelled, customers can also choose to change their travel date or apply for full refund for an unused flight ticket.

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Finnair to open new routes to Sapporo and Punta Cana for winter 2019/2020

Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWC (msn 020) HEL (Tony Storck). Image: 943564.

Finnair has made this announcement:

As part of its growth strategy, Finnair will open a new route for the winter 2019/2020 season to Sapporo, Japan. Finnair will fly the new route from December 15, 2019 to March 27, 2020 with two weekly frequencies. Sapporo is well known as a great winter and skiing destination offering stunning landscapes and fantastic winter-themed activities in a traditional Japanese setting. Sapporo will be Finnair’s fifth destination in Japan, in addition to Tokyo Narita, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.

Finnair will also be opening a new weekly flight to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The flight to Punta Cana will be operated with an Airbus A350 aircraft once a week between December 13, 2019 and March 27, 2020. The Dominican Republic is a favorite destination during the winter for sun-seeking travelers, offering fantastic sandy beaches and great family resorts, and excellent golf courses. Finnair also flies once a week to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic during the winter season.

As announced earlier, Finnair will also increase flights to Hong Kong during winter 2019/2020, with double daily flights to Hong Kong continuing from the summer 2019 season throughout the winter season. Finnair flies to seven cities in Greater China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chongqing, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWC (msn 020) HEL (Tony Storck). Image: 943564.

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Finnair increases capacity to London for summer 2019 with a second wide-body aircraft upgauge and a new daily frequency

Finnair Airbus A330-302 OH-LTT (msn 1088) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936233.

Finnair has made this announcement:

In line with its growth strategy, Finnair is adding capacity on its route between Helsinki and London Heathrow for the summer 2019 season starting on March 31, 2019.

Finnair will add a new daily frequency to and from London Heathrow, operated with an Airbus A320 family aircraft. Providing good connection opportunities from London with Finnair’s oneworld partners, the new flight will leave Helsinki at 11:40 and the return flight from London will depart at 13:50.

In addition, Finnair will further increase its capacity on the London route by upgauging the 16:00 flight between Helsinki and London, as well as the 18:10 flight from London to Helsinki, with an Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft (top). The change will provide more than 50 additional seats per flight compared to the current A321 narrow-body aircraft.

Finnair currently flies an Airbus A350 aircraft (above) daily for the first flight leaving Helsinki in the morning and for the return flight from London. Customers traveling from London via Helsinki to Finnair’s Asian destinations can now have a seamless business class experience with full-flat seats on their way to Asia and back.

During the upcoming summer season, Finnair will operate up to seven daily flights between both cities, including two frequencies with a wide-body aircraft. With the announced changes, Finnair will be adding approximately 21% more capacity on the route compared to the previous summer 2018 season.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A330-302 OH-LTT (msn 1088) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936233.

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Finnair announces first phase partners for its biofuel and CO2 offset service

Finnair has made this announcement:

Air travellers are increasingly interested in reducing the CO2 emissions of their flights. Finnair announced last summer that as of early 2019 it will start offering its customers a new service allowing customers to offset the CO2 emissions of their flights by funding emissions reduction projects or carbon sinks, or by supporting the use of biofuels.

Finnair has now selected its first partners for its offset service: For sustainable biofuels, Finnair’s partner will be the Dutch SkyNRG company (www.skynrg.com), and for emission reduction projects, Finnair will partner with the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO, www.nefco.org), an international financial institution backed by the Nordic states. Finnair will introduce the CO2 offsetting service to its customers in early 2019, and the service can be purchased through Finnair’s website.

“We are very happy to be able to partner with SkyNRG and NEFCO on this important initiative,” says Kati Ihamäki, Director, Corporate Sustainability at Finnair. “We conducted a survey on how our customers view CO2 emission reductions, and biofuels and carbon sinks were the preferred means for reducing CO2 emissions – therefore it was a logical choice for us to start looking into how we could offer these options for our customers.”

SkyNRG is the global market leader for sustainable aviation fuel and its biofuel, which is made from used cooking oil, is sourced at World Energy’s Paramount refinery in Los Angeles, California.

Finnair is a part of the initiative driven by Shell, SkyNRG, World Energy, San Francisco Airport and several other airlines, which aims to pave the way for a longer term, more resilient supply chain for sustainable aviation fuels, and thus supporting the industry’s common targets for CO2 emission reduction.

Flights flown by Finnair with biofuel will be determined by the uptake of the service by Finnair customers. Biofuel has a reduction potential of 60-80%, compared to conventional jet fuel, but its price is currently three to five times the price of conventional jet fuel.

“Finnair fully supports the industry’s common goal for carbon emission reductions. Advancing the use of biofuel is an important step towards our target, which is carbon neutral growth,” adds Kati Ihamäki.

For emission reductions, Finnair will partner with NEFCO, a financial institution established by Nordic Governments to finance sustainable green growth and climate projects.

Finnair customers will be able to offset the CO2 emissions of their flights by funding an emissions reduction project identified by NEFCO in Mozambique, where efficient cookstoves are taken into use to reduce deforestation and emissions.

Finnair is committed to the aviation industry’s common goals, which are to achieve carbon neutral growth by 2020, and to halve the CO2 emissions by 2050, compared to the 2005 level. On top of this, Finnair has set its own targets for CO2 emission reduction. Finnair reduces CO2 emissions of its own operations by using modern aircraft, by flying the shortest possible routes, by optimising flight speed and altitude, and by reducing the weight taken on aircraft. Finnair is also a part of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme. The aviation industry is also committed to a global emission offsetting scheme (CORSIA, Carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation), which will be applicable as of 2019.

Finnair prepares for possible changes in domestic and regional flights due to Norra pilots’ industrial action

Norra - Nordic Regional Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) OH-ATG (msn 757) HEL (Ton Jochems). Image: 937416.

Finnair has issued this statement:

Norra’s pilot union FAPA ry. has informed about industrial action regarding standby work for its pilots as of Dec 1. Norra operates many of Finnair’s domestic and regional flights.

Due to the industrial action, Finnair prepares for changes in domestic and regional flights in December. Flight cancellations are possible.

To minimize the impacts to our customers’ travel plans, Finnair leases an ATR aircraft with pilots and cabin crew from Danish DAT. The leased aircraft will be used to flights that might otherwise be cancelled.

”We apologize for the inconvenience this situation may cause to our customers. We do our best to ensure that our customers get to their destinations smoothly,” says Jaakko Schildt, Chief Operating Officer, Finnair.

Finnair communicates about the cancellations and changes in carrier directly to customers affected via SMS and/or e-mail. If a flight is cancelled, Finnair re-routes customers to their destinations. Customers can also choose to change the travel date +/- 2 days of the original date or apply for full refund for an unused ticket.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Norra – Nordic Regional Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) OH-ATG (msn 757) HEL (Ton Jochems). Image: 937416.

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Finnair to add capacity on both Moscow and St. Petersburg routes

Finnair will add a new daily frequency year-round on both its routes to Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia as of March 31, 2019. The flights will be flown with an Embraer 190 aircraft. The new additions will bring the total amount of weekly flights up to 27 on the St. Petersburg route and up to 28 on the Moscow route.

 

Finnair invests in new ATR cabin in 2019, new Premium Economy class for long-haul in 2021

Norra - Nordic Regional Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) OH-ATG (msn 757) HEL (Tony Storck). Image: 943676.

Finnair will renew the entire cabin of its ATR aircraft, and introduce a new Premium Economy cabin class for its long-haul fleet. These investments speak of Finnair’s commitment to offer a high level of customer comfort and increased choice for its customers.   

Finnair’s ATR aircraft are currently used for domestic flights in Finland, on flights to the Baltics, to Gdansk in Poland and to Stockholm’s Bromma airport. The flights are operated by Finnair’s partner Norra.

The cabin renewal will include new seats, new carpets and a harmonised and fresh cabin interior design.

The first ATR aircraft with the renewed cabin is expected to be in operation in summer 2019, and the refurbishment of the 12 aircraft will be completed by the end of Q1, 2020.    

 

Finnair will also introduce a new cabin class, Premium Economy, for its entire long-haul fleet from 2021. Located in its own cabin, the Premium Economy class will feature highly customised designs for Finnair and provide customers with increased space and comfort along with an enhanced service offering.  

“We see a growing trend of quality focused travellers, who place a strong focus on the comfort and quality of their travel experience,” adds Karhu. “Responding to customer needs from all our key markets, our new Premium Economy class will serve the requirements of both leisure and corporate customers.”  

The rollout of Premium Economy class to Finnair’s long-haul fleet starts in Q4 2020 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.  Detailed planning of the cabin design, service concept as well as the commercial aspects are currently ongoing, and Finnair will be communicating more details at a later stage.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): Norra – Nordic Regional Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) OH-ATG (msn 757) HEL (Tony Storck). Image: 943676.

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