Category Archives: Finnair

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.

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Finnair opens the new Helsinki – Bologna route

Finnair is now operational with its new seasonal scheduled route from Helsinki to Bologna.

This morning in Bologna at 9:17 am (thirteen minutes early) the first flight from Helsinki operated by Finnair with Embraer 190s with registration OH-LKE is landed at Guglielmo Marconi International Airport.

This is the first Finnair nonstop flight between the two cities.

The new route will be operated three times a week until October.

The cutting of the cake at the gate was the celebratory event of this day that sees Finnair open this new line.

From June to September, coinciding with the opening of the new American Airlines flight Philadelphia – Bologna, the frequencies of Monday and Wednesday will be in perfect coincidence. Finnair not only sells the Helsinki – Bologna segment now, but can also sell Bologna to Philadelphia and viceversa fully commercially.

Marco Finelli reports from Bologna. All photos by Bologna Airport via Marco Finelli.

Finnair introduces new business class amenities by Marimekko and L:A Bruket

Finnair made this announcement:

  • Amenity kits and eye shades in eight Marimekko designs new to Finnair
  • Improved sustainability with recycled plastic, bio plastic and on-demand concept
  • L:A Bruket skin care products available in lounges, airplane cabins and amenity kits

With the launch of its new service between Helsinki and Los Angeles on March 31st, Finnair continues its longstanding partnership with Finnish design house Marimekko, and introduces a range of new amenities for business class passengers. The amenities will be rolled out for all trans-continental flights on Airbus A350 and Airbus A330 aircraft. They are designed to complement the new sleep textiles in Finnair’s long-haul business class, which feature the classic Kaivo print in a dark blue tone on tone colourway. The Kaivo print was designed by Maija Isola, one of the most iconic Marimekko designers.

The amenity kits and eye shades feature four different Maija Isola designs from the 1960s – Rautasänky, Joonas, Jenkka and Pieni Melooni, with each pattern in two different colourways. A jacquard weave technique brings dark blue together with a second color in each of the eight combinations, for a premium look with a collectible feel. Finnair will introduce two new designs at a time, changing them for another two every six months.

“We wanted to introduce more patterns more often, so there is something new and fresh for our frequent flyers,” says David Kondo, Head of Cabin Interior Development at Finnair. “The new kits have also been sized so they can live on after the flight for a variety of uses.”

As sleep is such an important part of the business class experience, Finnair has also upgraded the business class eye shades with soft-touch fabric and higher-quality straps. The ear plugs in the kit are more effective too.

Each new amenity kit comes wrapped in a cardboard band – instead of plastic – with a QR code that customers can scan with a personal mobile device to read more about Isola’s inspiration for the patterns. The information is provided in a range of languages and can be accessed inflight via the Nordic Sky Wi-Fi portal.

Improved sustainability with recycled plastic, bio plastic and on-demand concept 

Sustainability in all its forms is key for Finnair, and environmental considerations have played a big part in the product design of the new amenity kits as well.

The toothbrush is made from bio-plastic containing cornstarch, and plastic wrappings for the earplugs have been replaced with wax paper. In addition, the new business class slippers are a Nordic-style design made entirely from recycled PET plastic bottles. As with the amenity kit, each new pair of slippers comes wrapped in a cardboard band instead of the previous plastic packaging.

With these changes, Finnair will be able to reduce plastic waste by almost 4,500 kg per year.

Finnair also provides an on-demand concept for some of the less commonly used amenity items, including razors, socks and combs. Memory-foam pillows are available on demand too, along with shawls made of a modacrylic-wool-blend with a soft and warm feel.

L:A Bruket skin care products in lounges, airplane cabins and amenity kits 

The new amenity kits will have products from L:A Bruket – the natural and organic skincare brand from Sweden.

Each amenity kit includes aluminum tubes of almond-coconut lip cream and a chamomile-lavender facial hydrator from L:A Bruket. Finnair will also offer L:A Bruket hand soap and hand cream in its on-board business class lavatories, as well as L:A Bruket products in its airport lounge bathrooms and shower suites. Scents of cucumber-mint, lemongrass and grapefruit leaf have been chosen to help customers feel refreshed and invigorated.

“Finnair and L:A Bruket are both Nordic brands that value sustainability,” adds Kondo. “We view this partnership as a great initiative to increase the appeal of our amenity kit. We’re also trying to connect the lounge and in-flight experience more and more for our customers, and offering organic and natural L:A Bruket products both on the ground and in the air is a great step in that direction.”

All photos by Finnair.

Finnair to open a new route to Trondheim in cooperation with Wideroe, adds flights to Tromso

Wideroe (Widerøe's Flyveselskap AS) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) LN-WDK (msn 4337) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 944735.

Finnair continues to expand its network in the Nordics and opens a new year-round route to Trondheim in Norway in June 2019. Finnair also adds flights to another popular destination, Tromso, in Norway.

Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city, known for its breathtaking scenery. It offers excellent opportunities for nature activities such as hiking or hunting for Northern Lights, as well as a vibrant restaurant scene.

The route will be operated by Norwegian regional airline Wideroe five days a week, with a Bombardier Q400 aircraft, and the flights are sold and marketed by Finnair.

Finnair also adds flights to Tromso in Norway, in collaboration with Wideroe, and as of June 4, will offer flights between Tromso and Helsinki three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, year-round. Tromso is situated 350 kilometers north of the Arctic circle, and is famous for its artic nature, the northern lights and a wide variety of outdoor activities ranging from hiking to whale watching.

Top Copyright photo: Wideroe (Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) LN-WDK (msn 4337) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 944735.

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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.

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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