Helsinki-based Finnair is the national carrier of Finland and a fellow member of the oneworld alliance. Its value proposition is centered around a “niche” strategy given its geographic location in the northeastern corner of continental Europe, which is prime for carrying connecting traffic across Europe to Asia. In fact, almost half of Finnair’s available seat miles (ASMs) is to Asia alone.
Helsinki Vantaa airport (HEL) has all of Finnair’s routes consolidated under one roof in Terminal 2. There are 8 widebody gates on the left side of the terminal where passengers can seamlessly connect to Schengen flights.
Finnair Terminal Map at Helsinki (non-Schengen)
Finnair has a presence in North America, Scandinavia, Continental Europe, China, Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea. It enjoys an immunized joint business agreement with American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia on routes to North America and with Japan Airlines on routes to Japan.
It flies to six markets in China: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chongqing, Xi’an and Guangzhou.
Finnair only serves one North American route on a year-round basis: New York JFK. It offers summer seasonal flights to San Francisco and Chicago, and winter flights to Miami. In the past, it has operated services to Boston, Cancun, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fortaleza, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Toronto. It will operate seasonal service to Havana, Puerto Plata and Puerto Vallarta this winter.
To Asia, Finnair flies to New Delhi, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Xi’an, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo Narita. It operates seasonal scheduled service to Ho Chi Minh City, Goa and Fukuoka. It previously served Mumbai and Hanoi.
Finnair was one of the first European operators of the Airbus A350, and deliveries began in October 2015. It has 10 in service with an additional 9 on order. It will also retain its 8 Airbus A330-300s which will be modified with its new business class.
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