Finnair is the largest airline in Finland. It services over twenty domestic airports. Departing to and from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Finns can connect to almost anywhere in Europe and the world. As they say, “Discover the short Northern routes to over forty destinations in Europe with Finnair.”
- IATA code: AY
- Number of serviced cities: 66 destinations
- Main hub: Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL)
- Alliance: Oneworld
- Fleet: 69 aircraft
- Loyalty rewards program: Finnair Plus
History of Finnair
Finnair was founded in 1923 under the name Aero O/Y on the 12th of September. The inaugural flight took place on the 11th of December of that same year from Helsinki to Estonia’s capital city of Tallinn. For many countries in Europe, air travel became increasingly difficult during the Second World War due to many air raids on Helsinki as well as other Finnish cities. Half of the airline’s fleet was used by the Finnish Air Force during that time to evacuate children from Finland to safety in Sweden. In 1946 the airline began regular service again to the rest of Europe. It was in 1953 that the airline’s present name, Finnair, was adopted. The 1960s brought on the jet-era, something that Finnair embraced enthusiastically, adding Rolls-Royce Avon’s to their fleet.
Finnair’s first transatlantic flight to New York City took place on May 15th, 1969. It was the first airline to fly non-stop from Western Europe to Japan in the early 1980s when a regular scheduled flight was added to their network from Helsinki to Japan. Some years later the airline also began routes to Beijing, China, opening up more Asian possibilities for Europeans and Finns. In 1999 the airline joined the world’s largest airline alliance, Oneworld. Some other major accomplishments for Finnair include establishing Aero Airlines in Tallinn, acquiring ownership of FlyNordic, a Swedish low cost airline, and being recognized as the sixth oldest airline in the world.
Travel with Finnair: practical information
- Meals: Meals served on long-haul flights vary depending on time of day and destination. Drinks are complimentary, including soft drinks, juice, water, beer, and wine. On flights in Europe a light cold meal is served or if it is a short-haul flights a complimentary snack and refreshment are provided.
- Entertainment: All Airbus aircrafts have individual screens for watching movies and films, listening to music, and other programming. Finnair also provides a selection of foreign and Finnish newspapers and magazines for passengers.
- Cabin: 1 piece is permitted that weighs up to 8 kg and has maximum dimensions of 56 x 45 x 25cm.
- Checked: For flights from Europe to the Middle-East, America, Asia and Africa each passenger is permitted 20 kg. On flights between Europe and the USA or Canada, 2 pieces each with a maximum weight of 23 kg is permitted. For flights within Finland, passengers can bring 20 kg.
- Excess: All excess weight is subject to a fee to be paid upon check-in at the airport. Finnair calculates the fees at 1.5% per kilo of the highest published far of an adult Economy Fare.
Discounts and Special Offers
For all of Finnair’s discounts and special offers, check liligo.com’s flight section regularly to find the lowest fares offered.