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Finnair adds capacity to Lisbon, Alanya-Gazipasa and Brussels

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

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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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Delta and Korean Air to launch world-class joint venture partnership

Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-302 N824NW (msn 1637) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937960.

Delta Air Lines and Korean Air will launch a new joint venture partnership that will offer customers world-class travel benefits across one of the most comprehensive route networks in the trans-Pacific market.

The joint venture has now been approved by regulatory authorities in the U.S. and Korea, including the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The expansive combined network formed by this partnership gives Delta and Korean Air’s shared customers seamless access to more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.

The airlines will work closely together to bring customers the full benefits of the partnership, including joint growth in the trans-Pacific market, optimized schedules, a more seamless customer experience, improved loyalty program benefits, integrated IT systems, joint sales and marketing activities, and co-location at key hubs.

Beginning soon, Delta and Korean Air will:

  • Implement full reciprocal codesharing on each other’s networks and work together to provide the best travel experience for customers between U.S. and Asia
  • Offer improved reciprocal loyalty program benefits, including providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn more miles on Korean Air’s SKYPASS program and Delta’s SkyMiles program
  • Begin implementing joint sales and marketing initiatives
  • Increase belly cargo cooperation across the trans-Pacific

The new joint venture builds on nearly two decades of close partnership between Korean Air and Delta; both were founding members of the SkyTeam alliance and have offered customers an expanded codeshare network since 2016.

Earlier this year, Delta and Korean Air co-located into the new, state-of-the-art Terminal 2 at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN), substantially reducing connecting times for customers. One of the world’s largest airports, ICN has among the fastest connection times in the region. It has been named among the best airports in the world for more than a decade by Airports Council International, as well as the world’s cleanest airport and the world’s best international transit airport by Skytrax.

Delta anticipates that Seoul Incheon will continue to grow as a major Asia gateway for Delta and Korean Air. Delta is the only U.S. carrier to offer nonstop service to three major U.S. gateways, including Seattle, Detroit and Atlanta from ICN, while Korean Air is the largest trans-Pacific carrier.

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Above Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-302 N824NW (msn 1637) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937960.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Korean Air Airbus A380-861 HL7628 (msn 156) LHR (SPA). Image: 932510.

Korean Air Airbus A380-861 HL7628 (msn 156) LHR (SPA). Image: 932510.

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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Finnair extends the operating period for its Chicago and San Francisco routes

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Finnair is extending the operating period for both its Chicago and San Francisco routes during the upcoming fall. The Helsinki-Chicago route will be extended until December 3 with two weekly flights. Originally, the route was set to operate from April 19 until October 27. Chicago is the largest city in the American Midwest and a global hub for business, leisure and the arts. Finnair started a seasonal service to Chicago during the summer of 2015.

The Helsinki-San Francisco route will now be extended until December 5 with two weekly frequencies. Originally, the route was to be operated from May 3 until September 27.  San Francisco is well-known for its buzzing food scene, hilly terrain, Victorian architecture and proximity to Silicon Valley. Finnair began a seasonal service to San Francisco during the summer of 2017.

Finnair operates its flights to the Unites States 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 A330-302 OH-LTS (msn 1078) HEL (Ton Jochems). Image: 908297.

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Aer Lingus is coming to Seattle/Tacoma

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Aer Lingus has announced it will commence Dublin – Seattle/Tacoma nonstop service on May 18, 2018. The new route will operate four days a week.

This is Ireland’s first direct service between Dublin and the Seattle area.

Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A330-302 EI-FNH (msn 1744) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937842.

Delta and Virgin Atlantic update their network between the U.S. and the U.K.

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Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic have announced updates to their respective summer 2018 schedules to optimize their joint network between the United States and the United Kingdom. The strong partnership between the two airlines is focused around offering customers more convenient travel options and the best travel experience across the Atlantic.

Effective March 24, 2018, Delta will introduce the Airbus A330 aircraft on its New York-JFK, Atlanta and Detroit routes to London-Heathrow. The A330 aircraft, which are equipped with Wi-Fi and feature 34 fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One cabin will bring Delta’s onboard customer experience to a new level as well as increase the number of seats on these U.S. routes to London-Heathrow. Highlights of Delta’s A330 service on-board service include:

  • Fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One cabin, arranged in a ‘herringbone’ configuration with individual aisle access.
  • Chef-curated meal options in Delta One, featuring locally sourced ingredients and regionally-inspired meals in the Main Cabin, served with complimentary beverages.
  • Customizable TUMI amenity kits in Delta One, plus a sleep kit with travel essentials for passengers in the Main Cabin and Delta Comfort+.
  • Complimentary in-flight entertainment with Delta Studio at every seat, including Hollywood titles, over 1,000 hours of TV, music and games.
  • Wi-Fi available for purchase.
  • RFID checked baggage tracking updates available direct to mobile devices through the Fly Delta App.​

In addition, beginning March 25, 2018, Virgin Atlantic and Delta will optimize their schedule between New York-JFK and London-Heathrow to offer eight daily frequencies. Virgin Atlantic will operate six daily services and Delta two, providing customers with conveniently timed flight choices throughout the day.

 

The airlines’ joint summer 2018 schedule includes a total of 37 peak daily nonstop flights between the U.S. and the U.K. Of these, 26 flights will operate between London-Heathrow and popular U.S. destinations such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. and 11 flights will operate between Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast, London-Gatwick and Edinburgh to p­­opular U.S. cities.

The joint venture partnership between Delta and Virgin Atlantic continues to grow, allowing both airlines’ customers to benefit from a high-quality and complementary travel experience with customer service being a key priority. In 2016, the joint venture connected almost five million customers on over 23 routes to over 200 destinations in the U.S.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-302 N823NW (msn 1628) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 931837.