FINNAIR yesterday hosted an event in Sydney as the first stage of celebrations of the centenary of Finnish independence.
Finland became a separate nation on 06 Dec 1917, and is going from strength to strength – just like its national carrier.
Finnair regional manager Geoff Stone told attendees the airline was in the strongest ever growth phase of its 94 year history, with new aircraft, new routes and a heavy focus on Asia.
AY currently has 11 Airbus A350s, with a further eight on order for delivery by 2023.
In 2018 the carrier will open its seventh destination in Greater China, with new flights from Helsinki to Nanjing, while AY is also the largest European carrier in Japan, offering 31 weekly frequencies to four cities.
Finnair was the first European carrier to operate the A350 which has revolutionised its long haul offering, Stone said.
As well as expansion in Asia, Finnair currently offers flights to the US including New York, Miami, San Francisco and Chicago – meaning the carrier can offer a round-world ticket in partnership with other oneworld members including Qantas.
Stone, who’s pictured above with colleague Lilliana Svircev, said the recent qualification of Australia’s Socceroos for the 2018 World Cup in Russia was expected to see hundreds of Aussies experience Finnair en route to attend the tournament.
Other key developments for Finnair include a 900 million project to significantly boost capacity at its Helsinki hub.

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Source: Travel Australia