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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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Finnair starts codeshare cooperation with Cathay Dragon and extends its network in Asia

Delivered on April 4, 2017

Finnair and Cathay Pacific Airlines, based in Hong Kong, have agreed on a new codeshare cooperation on the routes operated by Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific Airline’s affiliate, between Hong Kong and selected destinations in Asia. The new codeshare agreement adds four new destinations to Finnair’s network in Asia.

From June 15, 2018 onwards Finnair customers can connect with Cathay Dragon’s flights from Hong Kong to

  • Hanoi and Danang, Vietnam
  • Yangon, Myanmar
  • Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia

These new codeshare-flights can be booked from June 5, 2018.

In addition, subject to regulatory approval, from July 11, 2018 Finnair customers can connect from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur. Flights to Kuala Lumpur can be booked from June 28, 2018 onwards.

Finnair customers can enjoy oneworld privileges and earn and redeem frequent flyer points also on Cathay Dragon’s flights.

In other news, Finnair will start the Helsinki – Hannover route with Embraer 190s on April 29, 2019.

Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWH (msn 097) LHR (SPA). Image: 941729.

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Finnair opens a new year-round route to Hanover for summer 2019 and increases capacity to Dubai for winter 2018-2019

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

Finnair made this announcement:

Continuing with its growth in the German market, Finnair will be launching a new route to Hanover, Germany, next summer. The new route will start on April 29, 2019 with five weekly frequencies and will become a daily and year-round frequency as of June 1, 2019. Hanover is one of Northern Germany’s largest cities and hosts several important fair and trade events throughout the calendar year. Hanover will be Finnair’s seventh destination in Germany. Finnair flies year-round to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart.

Additional capacity is also being added for the 2019 summer season on some popular European routes. Finnair will add four weekly frequencies to Barcelona from the beginning of June until the end of the summer season. An additional frequency will be added to Reykjavik, making it a daily destination for the entire summer season. In addition, an additional daily frequency will be added to Warsaw on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Finnair is also adding capacity on its Helsinki-Dubai route for the upcoming winter 2018 season. One weekly frequency will be added which means Finnair will now fly seven weekly frequencies to Dubai. In addition, two of the weekly frequencies will now be operated with a A350, instead of a narrow-body aircraft.

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

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Finnair extends its network in Norway by deepening its cooperation with Widerøe

Finnair is extending its cooperation with Widerøe and will add nine new destinations to its network in Norway. Widerøe (WF) is based in Norway and is Northern Europe’s largest regional carrier.

Within the codeshare agreement, Finnair’s AY code will be added to several routes operated by Widerøe from Finnair’s current destinations in Norway – Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø. The codeshare agreement extends Finnair’s reach in Norway, and offers new connections for Finnair’s customers traveling to and from Norway.

From May 25, 2018 onwards Finnair customers can connect with Widerøe’s flights from

  • Oslo to Florø, Ørsta-Volda, Svolvær, Leknes and Stokmarknes
  • Bergen to Tromsø, Bodø, Kristiansund, Molde, Florø and to Billund in Denmark
  • Tromsø to Kirkenes and to Stokmarknes.

The codeshare agreement expands Finnair’s current cooperation with Widerøe. As of May 15, Widerøe operates Finnair’s flights from Helsinki to Bergen and Tromsø on Finnair’s behalf.

Photo: Embraer. Widerøe’s first Embraer E190-E2, registered as LN-WEA (msn 190) was handed over on April 4, 2018 and entered service on April 24, 2018.

Finnair extends Alaska Airlines partnership with new codeshares for the U.S. West Coast

The "Unikko poppy - Marimekko" special livery

Finnair has announced a new codeshare partnership with Alaska Airlines, which will further strengthen Finnair’s reach on the West Coast of the United States.

Starting May 20, Finnair’s code will be added to flights operated by Alaska Airlines between San Francisco and the following cities: Seattle/Tacoma, Portland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County and Palm Springs. The new codeshares will offer smooth connections for Finnair customers connecting in San Francisco, where Finnair operates from Helsinki with up to three weekly frequencies between May 3 and December 5, 2018.


Finnair and Alaska Airlines announced a frequent flyer partnership in May 2017, which enables members of both the Finnair Plus loyalty program and the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan to earn and redeem miles or points on flights operated by both airlines.

Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A330-302 OH-LTO (msn 1013) (Unikko poppy – Marimekko) LHR (SPA). Image: 932220.

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Finnair will lease an Airbus A320 from GetJet

Finnair will lease an Airbus A320 aircraft and flight deck crew from the Lithuanian airline GetJet Airlines to support Finnair’s growing traffic from summer 2018 to early 2019.

The leased GetJet aircraft will operate some of Finnair’s flights from Helsinki to Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Krakow and Pafos between June 8, 2018 and January 7, 2019. The pilots will be from GetJet while the cabin crew and service concept will be from Finnair.

“We have a record number of flights next summer to both Asia and Europe. The leased aircraft will for its part ensure that we are able to operate all the flights in our traffic plan,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair.

Customers are able to see the operating carrier when they are making their bookings on Customers who already have a reservation on one of the flights that will be operated with the leased aircraft will be informed of the change in operating carrier through s text message or email. Customers can change their travel date due to this change in operating carrier if they so wish.


GetJet Airlines was granted by the Republic of Lithuania (CAA) an air operator’s certificate (AOC) in March, 2016.

GetJet leased Airbus A320-214 (msn 1087) from AerCap, on August 4, 2017.

Finnair adds frequencies to Japan and Europe for the upcoming winter season

Finnair Airbus A330-302 OH-LTN (msn 1007)  YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 923532.

Finnair has announced that it will be adding frequencies to some of its popular destinations for the 2018/2019 winter season.

Finnair’s additional frequencies for the winter season include:

  • Tokyo – Two additional weekly frequencies between October 28 and December 5 for a total of nine Finnair weekly flights. Including the joint business flights with Japan Airlines, Finnair will offer up to 16 weekly frequencies to Tokyo.
  • Nagoya – One additional weekly frequency between October 29 and December 4 for a total of six weekly flights
  • Lisbon – One additional weekly frequency on Mondays for a total of four weekly flights during the entire winter season
  • Alicante – Now a year-round route for Finnair with two new weekly frequencies on Thursdays and Sundays during the winter season
  • Malaga – One additional weekly frequency on Wednesdays during December and January for a total of 7 weekly flights
  • Geneva – Two additional weekly frequencies on Mondays and Fridays between January and March for a total of 13 weekly flights

Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A330-302 OH-LTN (msn 1007) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 923532.

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