Spanair is operating the route in cooperation with Finland's Blue1, a subsidiary of SAS.

Spanair has launched a new, twice-weekly nonstop service between flight Barcelona and Helsinki.

The airline is operating the route in cooperation with Finland’s Blue1, a subsidiary of SAS.

Spanair’s first landing at Helsinki Airport (HEL) was at around 4.30 p.m. local time on Monday, November 1.

“We welcome the new operator warmly to Helsinki Airport. The route will be inaugurated in excellent manner since the plane arriving today is fully booked,” says Juha-Pekka Pystynen, director of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

Spanair's fleet is mainly composed of Airbus A320s and A321s but it also still operates four Boeing 717s and three McDonnell Douglas MD-83s

The non-stop Spanair flight departs from HEL at 5.05 p.m., arriving at Barcelona International Airport (BCN, also known as El Prat de Llobregat) at 8 p.m. local time. The flight from BCN is scheduled to depart at 11.30 and land at HEL at 4.20pm.

Spanair has signed a codeshare agreement with Blue1, which will expand Blue1’s route offering to include Madrid and Palma de Mallorca in addition to Barcelona by allowing the Finnish carrier to give Spanair’s flights between Barcelona and these destinations flight numbers bearing Blue1’s ‘KF’ flight prefix.

Correspondingly, Spanair will add its ‘JK’ flight prefix to Blue1’s flights between Helsinki and Finnish domestic destinations Kuopio, Vaasa and Oulu.

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