The aircraft are scheduled for delivery to Finnair during the first half of 2017 and the carrier will lease each A321 for a minimum of eight years.

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Finnair will add scheduled services to two new Asian destinations, Fukuoka in Japan and Guangzhou in China, in its summer 2016 season.

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Finnair’s first Airbus A350-900 will start long-haul service on November 21, when the aircraft flies from Helsinki to Shanghai.

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The first Airbus A350-900 for Finnair has completed its first flight, taking off from and later returning to land at Toulouse Blagnac Airport on September 17.

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Finnair is opening new routes from Helsinki to Edinburgh, Billund, Pula and Svalbard for its summer 2016 timetable. In addition, in summer 2016 Finnair will replace with scheduled services its previous charter flights to the Greek islands of Zakynthos, Skiathos, Santorini, Mytilene and Preveza.

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Finnair has begun selling tickets for its first long-haul services with the Airbus A350-900 and reveals its first long-haul destination with the type will be Shanghai. It has also detailed a series of shorter, intra-Europe A350-900 commercial flights it will operate in October before serving Shanghai.

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Finnair has converted its eight A350 options into a firm order, increasing its firm A350-900 buy to 19 aircraft. At Airbus list prices, the value of the eight A350-900s “would be approximately €1.9 billion” ($2.34 billion), according to Finnair, which is unlikely to be paying anywhere near that much.

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Finnair will operate its Chicago service from June 13 through October 17. The carrier will operate three round-trips a week on the Helsinki-Chicago route, using Airbus A330-300 widebodies.

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On behalf of Finnair, Flybe Finland will operate three round-trips a week on each of the three new routes, with Embraer 190 jets. The airline begins flying all three routes this summer.

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US Airways brings 28 transatlantic routes to the oneworld members’ joint business, including non-stop services from the United States to 18 European destinations. Munich, Athens and Amsterdam are three of them.

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Finnair’s service history began when, on March 20, 1924, a Junkers F13 D-335 seaplane transported 162 kilograms of mail from Katajanokka in Helsinki over the Baltic Sea to Tallinn in Estonia.

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From April 1, Finnair will dedicate aircraft with flat-bed seats in Business Class to flights to Tokyo and New York, and from May 1 to Beijing and Seoul. From June 1, Finnair will also offer flat-bed seats on its routes from Helsinki to Hanoi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka and Shanghai.

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Finland’s national carrier, which is the launch customer for the A321 equipped with Sharklets, has taken delivery of the first of five Sharklet-equipped Airbus A321s it has on order.

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Finnair has joined the transatlantic joint business founded by fellow oneworld alliance members American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. On July 1, Finnair also announced its intention to join the joint business agreement between oneworld members Japan Airlines and British Airways on traffic between Japan and Europe.

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One Embraer 170 will be delivered to Aeroméxico Connect this month. The two remaining aircraft will be delivered to Aeroméxico Connect in June 2014, when their existing leases to Kenya Airways expire. Aeroméxico Connect is leasing each of the three Embraer E-Jets for a six-year term.

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When a passenger does this, other passengers on the flight will be able to see that passenger’s Facebook profile. In turn, the Facebook-linking passenger will be able to see others who have linked their Facebook profiles when checking in for the same flight and where those other passengers are seated.

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Once Finnair joins the transatlantic joint business later this year, customers in North America and Europe will have increased choice of flights and services as well as more convenient connections to flights across the Atlantic, according to Helsinki-based Finnair.

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Once installation is completed by autumn 2014, all of Finnair’s long-haul Airbus fleet will have flat-bed seats in Business Class, with the exception of three older Airbus A340-300s. These three aircraft will be the first to leave the fleet when Finnair starts receiving new A350-900s in 2015.

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From June 14, Finnair will operate three round-trips a week between its hub at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and Xi´an Xianyang International Airport until the close of the summer season on October 26.

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