Finnair (Helsinki) is expanding eastward into Russia this summer with three new routes to Kazan (August 18), Nizhniy Novgorod (July 25) and Samara (August 7). The new routes will be operates three days a week with Embraer 190s by Flybe Finland.
The airline issued this statement:
This summer we’ll start operating direct scheduled flights to Nizhny Novgorod, Samara and Kazan in Russia.
Flights to Nizhny Novgorod (airport code GOJ) begins on July 25, while flights to Samara (KUF) start on August 7 and to Kazan (KZN) on August 18. The flights will be operated by Flybe Finland three times a week with Embraer E190 aircraft.
On June 2, Finnair celebrated 90 years of the first flight between Helsinki and Stockholm. Finnair, former Aero OY, operated the flight on June 2, 1924. The flight was an adventure and the two and a half hour trip took in total 21 hours. Today, after 90 years of the first service, Finnair has up to 8 daily flights between Helsinki and Stockholm. The poster is from 1925 (see below).
Top Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKP (msn 19000416) taxies at Sockholm (Arlanda).
Finnair (Helsinki) will be celebrating 90 years of flying this year. As part of the year-long celebration the company has issued this statement and video:
Finnair has been making aviation history since it was founded by Bruno Lucander in 1923. This is the story of the resourceful and resilient early days of commercial air travel and how Bruno and his team operated in Helsinki’s wintery weather conditions.
Finnair pilots also share their thoughts and explain how the same can-do attitude is being passed on from older to younger generations of pilots.
This video is part of a series celebrating and documenting Finnair’s 90 years long journey. Enjoy!
Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Douglas C-53C (DC-3A-453) OH-LCH (msn 6346) is painted in the 1947 Finnish Airlines-Aero OY color scheme.