Finnair has plenty of reasons to smile right now. The airline is in the midst of the fastest growth phase in its 94-year history, it remains Australian agents’ favourite offline carrier*, and it's the official airline for Santa Claus (when the reindeer are resting, we presume).
At a lunch attended by Traveltalk in Sydney, Finnair General Manager Australia Geoff Stone said the carrier would be focusing largely on Asia, through which Australians can easily connect to Europe with Finnair. The major gateways for Aussie customers are HKG, SIN and BKK.
By next year, the Finnish flag carrier will service nearly a hundred flights a week to Asia, which is ten more than it currently operates. It’s already the largest European carrier in Japan, with 31 weekly services to four cities, and it will expand its presence in China to seven destinations in 2018. That’s not to mention other long-haul routes such as Goa, Havana, Puerta Vallarta as well as several new European destinations like Lisbon.
Australia’s recent qualification for the World Cup in Russia, which neighbours Finland, should also boost interest in the airline.
“Finnair would be the perfect carrier to travel to Russia next year to attend the event,” said Stone.
Another reason to fly Finnair is Finland itself. According to the GM, the Scandinavian nations boasts the cleanest air in Europe, best quality of life in the EU and one of the highest education highest levels in the world, while the Finnish Lapland is also a great base from which to experience the Northern Lights.
The first European carrier to operate the A350, Finnair now flies 11 of the new Airbus aircraft, which represents over half of its long-haul fleet. Eleven more are due to arrive in the next six years.
Finnair’s next sale fare is called the Santa campaign and will be released on 11 December.
*Best International Airline - Offline at NTIA for the past 5 years.