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Finnair wet leases an Airbus A330 from Air Italy for its Chicago and Miami routes for the rest of October

2nd A330, ex A7-ACD, delivered June 2, 2018

Finnair will wet lease an Airbus A330 aircraft and crew from Air Italy for its Chicago and Miami routes for the period of October 12-31, 2019.

One of Finnair’s long-haul aircraft was damaged at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on September 25 when a high loader accidentally hit it. With the wet lease from Air Italy, Finnair ensures that flights to Chicago and Miami can be operated normally while the damaged aircraft is being repaired.

Air Italy aircraft and crew will be operating Finnair flights to Chicago and Miami as follows:

  • All flights between Helsinki and Chicago (AY09/AY10) from Oct 12 to Oct 29. Finnair has four weekly return flights between Helsinki and Chicago, the flight days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
  • Five return flights between Helsinki and Miami (AY07/AY08) on the following dates: Oct 14, Oct 16, Oct 21, Oct 23 and Oct 30.

The wet leased aircraft from Air Italy has 24 full-flat seats in business class and 232 seats in economy class, all with a seat-back inflight entertainment system. With the wet lease, the cockpit and cabin crew come from Air Italy, and the flights will have two Finnair cabin crew members on board to support the delivery of Finnair’s customer service concept.

Finnair contacts customers with bookings on the flights to be operated with the wet leased aircraft directly to inform them of the change in carrier. Customers can cancel their flight or change the departure date due to the change in carrier. Cancellations or changes can be made by contacting Finnair customer service.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GGP (msn 521) MXP (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 942618.

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Finnair adds capacity to Lisbon, Alanya-Gazipasa and Brussels

The "Unikko poppy - Marimekko" special livery

Finnair will add flights between its Helsinki hub and Lisbon, Portugal and Alanya (Gazipasa), Turkey for the winter season 2018-2019.

Finnair opened its Lisbon route during the summer 2018 season, and due to strong demand, it will now fly the route daily year-round. The frequencies added to the Lisbon route increase the capacity on this route by 70% during the winter season.

Finnair is also adding flights to Alanya (Gazipasa), a popular holiday destination in Turkey, and flies there twice a week during the winter season (October 28, 2018 to March 31, 2019). This is the first time a destination on the Turkish Mediterranean coast will now be available on Finnair scheduled flights year-round.

In addition, capacity will be added to Finnair’s Brussels route as of October 31 when Finnair will start to fly one of its daily frequencies, on both Wednesdays and Saturdays, with a wide-body Airbus A330 (top). This change will offer added passenger and cargo capacity between both cities and an excellent business class product with full-flat seats for this busy route.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Finnair): Finnair Airbus A330-302 OH-LTO (msn 1013) (Unikko poppy – Marimekko) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 937135.

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Danish Air Transport becomes Norra’s majority shareholder

Norra - Nordic Regional Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) OH-ATF (msn 744) HEL (Ton Jochems). Image: 937415.

Finnair has released this statement:

Danish Air Transport (DAT) has acquired 60% of Nordic Regional Airlines AB (Norra) from Finnair, which held the 100 % stake in Norra on an interim basis after Norra’s previous owners who held 60% of shares exited the business in November 2017.

Finnair continues to own 40% of the company. As such, the transaction has no impact on Norra’s operations, personnel or purchase agreement between Finnair and Norra.

Norra operates Finnair’s domestic and European routes with a total of 24 ATR and Embraer aircraft.

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

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Norra): Norra – Nordic Regional Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) OH-ATF (msn 744) HEL (Ton Jochems). Image: 937415.

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Finnair continues its strong growth in Asia with additional frequencies for summer 2019

Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWB (msn 019) (Oneworld) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 939094.

Finnair has made this announcement:

Continuing its strong growth in key Asian markets, Finnair today announced it will be adding frequencies on many popular Asian routes for next summer, including double-daily flights to Hong Kong and additional flights to Japan.

Finnair will add flights on several of its Japanese routes, increasing its capacity to Japan by 15% for the summer season. Three weekly flights will be added on the Helsinki-Osaka route, meaning Finnair will now fly a total of ten weekly frequencies during the summer season starting on March 31, 2019. The new departures will now offer an alternative departure for customers with two daily frequencies on selected days. The added frequencies depart on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Helsinki, with departure times from Helsinki at 00:45.

Continuing on the success of the double-daily flights to Tokyo during the summer of 2018, Finnair will operate double-daily flights on the Tokyo route for the entire summer season in 2019 and will also add a third daily flight during Japan’s Golden Week holiday. With these changes, Finnair is increasing its capacity to Tokyo by 9% compared to the 2018 summer season.

In addition, Finnair is also adding capacity on the Nagoya route by flying the Airbus A350 from May 5th onwards.

Finnair operates all flights to Japan in cooperation with its joint business partners: Japan Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. Including the joint business flights with Japan Airlines, Finnair will now offer up to 41 weekly frequencies to Japan during the summer 2019 season.

Finnair will also significantly grow its presence in the Greater China area, with a 12% increase in overall capacity during the summer season, offering 42 weekly flights in total between Helsinki and Greater China.

Finnair will fly double-daily, or 14 weekly frequencies, to Hong Kong with the new Airbus A350 aircraft year-round as of 2019 summer season. Finnair is currently flying ten weekly flights during the 2018 summer season, and 12 weekly flights in the upcoming winter season.

Capacity will also be increased on the Guangzhou route as it will now be operated with a A350 aircraft. Finnair will fly four frequencies to Guangzhou during the 2019 summer season, increasing its capacity on the route by 16% compared to summer 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Finnair): Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWB (msn 019) (Oneworld) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 939094.

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Finnair to fly new Airbus A350-900 route to Los Angeles in 2019

Delivered on June 2, 2017

Finnair has made this announcement:

Continuing with its growth strategy, Finnair today announced it will begin flying to Los Angeles, California, as of next spring. Finnair will fly three weekly frequencies to LAX airport as of March 31, 2019.

In addition, the new route to Los Angeles will be Finnair’s first US route to be regularly operated with the new Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

Finnair is also making some additions to its summer program for the San Francisco and Chicago route. Both routes will begin in April, and a fourth frequency will be added for San Francisco as of May. With these changes, Finnair will now offer a daily flight to California during the summer season with the new three-weekly flight to Los Angeles and the new fourth weekly service to San Francisco.

Los Angeles will be Finnair’s fifth US destination, along with New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami. The approximate flight times are expected to be 11 hours to LAX and 10 hours and 30 minutes to Helsinki.

The new route will be operated within the Atlantic joint business between Finnair, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. The joint business offers customers additional flight choices, better connections and better pricing on transatlantic routes. Currently, the four airlines operate over 100 daily return flights between Europe and North America.

Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWI (msn 104) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 939254.

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Finnair and Finavia bring together two directors from east and west to create a film about beautiful connections

Finnair has been connecting east and west for 35 years, and Helsinki Airport has grown into a major hub for travel between Asia and Europe. Finnair and Finavia, the operator of Helsinki Airport, are celebrating this milestone with a short film that speaks of meaningful encounters that take place when people travel.

To illustrate the concept of meaningful encounters, Finnair and Finavia brought together two filmmakers from opposite sides of the globe to create a short film. The end result is a 13-minute short film titled “East and West Side Story”, directed by Swedish director Johan Storm and Korean directorWookie, both celebrated directors in their respective countries. The film will be introduced during an exclusive premiere at Helsinki Airport on September 6, 2018.

Each director shot their own perspective of one emotional story, written by screenwriter Danny Sangra. The leading roles are played by Scandinavian actress Anne Bergstedt, best known for her work in Boardwalk Empire and in the Black Swan, and Korean Jae Hoon, who has appeared in several theater and film productions in his home country.

The short film is the third and final event of the Match Made in HEL concept series, a joint marketing campaign by Finnair and Finavia. In 2015, Match Made in HEL turned Helsinki Airport into a skate park for professional skateboarders. In 2016, Finnair and Finavia held a stunning fashion show with seven designers from Europe and Asia on the actual runway of Helsinki Airport.

“Travel enriches people’s lives and opens new perspectives,” says Johanna Jäkälä, Vice President, Brand, Marketing and Customer Loyalty at Finnair. “We see this every day on our flights. Everyone travels for a reason – and all of us carry our own stories with us. The film is about how these stories change when you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, but also about the need for personal space. Something that is very Nordic.”

“Helsinki Airport is a true crossroads for east and west. Travelling unites people and cultures, and increases understanding towards each other,” says Katja Siberg, Senior Vice President Marketing, Communications and Customer Experience at Finavia. “You always learn something new. Every day, we see at the airport how tens of thousands of people from different parts of the world meet each other and experience meaningful moments. Art, as a universal language, can also combine these two worlds uniquely, and a movie is a natural way for telling stories about these encounters. We are excited to soon share these airport moments with the world.”

Finnair connects 19 destinations in Asia and seven in North America to over 100 destinations in Europe via its Helsinki hub, and is undergoing the fastest growth phase of its history. This summer, Finnair flew 97 flights per week to Asia, more than ever before. At the same time, Helsinki Airport is undergoing a massive expansion program to serve up to 30 million passengers annually.

Finnair study: Finns want to reduce the CO2 impact of flying, prefer direct measures such as biofuels and carbon captures

Delivered on September 29, 2016

Finnair conducted a consumer research study during summer 2018 to find out what Finns think of the different ways to reduce or compensate emissions resulting from aviation. According to the study’s results, the majority of Finns are ready to pay to reduce the emissions caused by air travel, but want the proceeds from possible additional charges to go directly to environmental work. Responsible travel is thus increasingly important for Finnish travelers.

Finnair is responding to this by introducing a new service in early 2019, which will offer customers an easy way to support measures that directly impact the carbon load. For example, customers will be able to pay to support the use of biofuels and carbon capture initiatives. Finnair is also continuing its own comprehensive measures to reduce its overall CO2 emissions.

Study: Finns prefer biofuels and carbon captures as measures, want to directly impact CO2 emissions of flying

According to the study, almost all Finns (94%) want to reduce the emissions of air travel, and many are also willing to pay for this as a part of the ticket price.

The respondents saw supporting the use of biofuels (55%) and carbon captures (28%) as the best alternatives for reducing the environmental impacts of flying. For example, forests and other biomass capture CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, and thus act as significant carbon captures that can offset more CO2 than they produce.

Only 11% of Finns, however, were in favor of a flight tax. When asked directly about a flight tax, 73% of respondents said a flight tax should not be introduced if the proceeds cannot be directly attributed to reducing environmental impacts.

On the other hand, 76% of the respondents were ready to pay more for a flight ticket, or alternatively, pay an additional charge, if the money is used for reducing environmental impacts. There was a lot of dispersion in what would be an appropriate amount to pay, but the majority of respondents were ready to pay approximately five to 20 euros extra for a one-way flight within Europe. However, almost 20% of the respondents were ready to pay more than that.

The study also showed that the international emissions trading mechanisms are not well known by Finns: over half of the respondents (60%) did not know aviation was a part of the EU emissions trading scheme and did not know of the upcoming global emissions scheme (CORSIA).

The study was conducted for Finnair by Innolink Research and Spring Advisor during the summer of 2018, and approximately 1,200 Finns were interviewed.

Finnair invites customers to develop more responsible air travel

“The study – as well as the direct feedback from our customers – shows that environmental awareness has clearly increased. It was great to see that so many customers are ready to invest in more responsible air travel,” says Pekka Vauramo, Finnair’s CEO. “Developing responsible travel is a common objective for us all.”

Finnair now invites its customers to join in on the work to make aviation more environmentally responsible. As of early 2019, customers can choose to support either the use of biofuels or carbon capture initiatives when they fly with Finnair. Finnair will offer two alternatives: customers can either purchase biofuel to be included and blended on a later flight, or support a carbon capture project with a sum of their choice.

Finnair is in discussions with potential partners, and the alternatives the company will offer and its partners will be communicated later on. Finnair also continues its own strong efforts to reduce its CO2 emissions

“It is very important for us that the alternatives we offer will actually help to reduce the carbon load,” adds Vauramo. “Investment in new fuel-efficient aircraft is our most important and impactful environmental action, but we also work with the environment in mind in our daily flight operations, and we participate in international initiatives to reduce emissions.”

Already over half of Finnair’s long-haul fleet – 11 aircraft – is comprised of new, fuel-efficient Airbus A350 aircraft.

Vauramo also stresses that every single passenger can impact the carbon dioxide load of their own trip with their travel choices.

“Fly with airlines that have a modern fleet, fly the shortest route, pack light and combine air travel with other traffic modes. In the future, our customers will also be able to support carbon footprint reducing projects easily through Finnair.”

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Finnair): Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWG (msn 051) LHR (Rolf Wallner). Image: 939954.

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