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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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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Russia’s S7 Airlines will launch daily service between Moscow Domodedovo Airport and Helsinki-Vantaa Airport on April 26. It will use Airbus A319 jets to operate the route.

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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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According to the airline, if the planned new June-October 2013 service receives the required regulatory approvals it will make Finnair the only European airline to offer a direct connection from Europe to the capital of Vietnam.

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According to SAS, it will offer direct flights to new destinations from all main airports in the Nordic countries and a number of regional airports. SAS will also increase the frequency of its services on a number of existing domestic and European routes.

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Airport hotels aren’t usually known either for their service quality or their overall appeal, and I have stayed in some fairly miserable examples. But the Hilton Helsinki Airport, at which I have stayed on several occasions, seems to me to have got it almost completely right.

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JAL will use its Boeing 787-8 fleet to inaugurate the world’s first and only non-stop flight between San Diego and Asia on December 2, launching four-times-weekly service from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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Airberlin and Finnair are extending their existing codeshare cooperation by expanding it to markets in the Nordic countries, Estonia, Denmark and the Middle East.

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Rapidly growing Finnair is focusing its business strategy on becoming the undisputed top airline in the Nordic countries and becoming the most desirable option for travelers between Asia and Europe.

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Already rated by the Carbon Disclosure Project as the world’s top airline for sustainability practices and open-disclosure reporting, Finnair is intensifying its sustainability efforts. The intensified focus comes as Finnair increasingly brands itself an “ecosmart” airline.

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According to Finnair, the new route is a logical next step in the carrier’s strategy of offering the shortest connections between Asia and Europe via Helsinki. Finnair says it is the first carrier to open a direct flight route between Europe and Chongqing.

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The codesharing agreement begins on April 20. Customers can immediately make reservations with TAP Portugal and Finnair on the codeshare flights.

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Japan Airlines will launch non-stop Dreamliner service from Tokyo to San Diego in December and to Helsinki in March 2013. JAL has also announced new orders for 10 Boeing 787-9s and conversion of existing orders for 10 787-8s to the larger, longer-range 787-9.

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The airline will introduce new services from Dublin to Verona and Stockholm and will increase service frequencies on routes to Faro, Perpignan, Zurich and 10 other destinations. Faro will see increased service from both Dublin and Cork.

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The carrier will fly the route three times a week in the winter season from October 7 until March 23, 2012.

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The route network announced by Fincomm Airlines’ successor Flybe Nordic features a total of 24 regional routes offering a choice of up to 416 flights a week and includes all routes previously operated by Finncomm, together with the addition of nine new routes.

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Finnair and Belarus national carrier Belavia have signed a codeshare agreement which, from August 15, will cover Belair’s flights between Helsinki and Minsk.

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