The airline will begin the new service to France’s second-largest city on April 2. Finnair will serve Lyon, which is located in east-central France, with Embraer 190s.

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Finnair says it will be the first airline to open a direct route from Europe to Chongqing, the largest and fastest-growing city in China. The airline will fly to Chongqing four times a week with an Airbus A340-300.

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Through their new transatlantic joint business arrangement, American Airlines and British Airways have created what BA describes as being effectively a transatlantic shuttle service on top U.S.-UK routes by aligning the timing of their summer schedules.

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Singapore Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement that will begin on December 1.

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Finnair will launch daily service between Helsinki and Gdansk in Poland on March 27, 2011, with the flights to be operated by its regional-airline partner Finncomm Airlines.

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

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Finnair is extending its codeshare cooperation with American Airlines to codeshare on American Airlines’ new service between Chicago and Helsinki, which begins in April 2011.

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Oneworld alliance members American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia have launched their new joint business on transatlantic routes and say the new business will give their customers increased access to cheaper fares, a bigger choice of flight times and easier connecting journeys.

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From November 1, Finnair will increase its flights to Bromma to three per day from two. The new flight, which Finnair will operate with Embraer 170s, is particularly aimed at business travelers originating in Sweden and flying to Finland.

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Finnair is planning to increase the frequency of its nonstop flights to Seoul, Nagoya, Osaka and Delhi from the end of 2010 and is launching a new route to Singapore in May 2011, as well as increasing service to Hong Kong in June.

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Finnair is increasing its schedule between Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok from seven flights a week to 12 a week from June 2011.

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Finnair will complement its existing service between Helsinki and Stockholm Arlanda Airport with twice-daily flights on weekdays from Helsinki to the Swedish city’s Bromma Airport in August. Its Danish partner Sun-Air is also launching Helsinki-Stockholm Bromma flights.

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On behalf of Finnair, Finnish Commuter Airlines is re-launching the Helsinki-Stuttgart route previously dropped by the larger carrier. It will operate 10 flights a week on the route, using a Finnair flight number and 76-seat Embraer 170 jets acquired from Finnair.

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Finnair will operate all-cargo schedules to Helsinki from Hong Kong and Seoul using a Boeing MD-11 widebody which the airline formerly used for passenger services but which it has converted into a freighter.

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Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin service to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in April, from Oslo and Stockholm.

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Finnish Lapland, which is 20 per cent larger in area than Belgium and the Netherlands combined but has only about two-thirds of one per cent of their total population, is the European Union’s largest wilderness. In this largely roadless region, Lapland’s six airports form a vital link to the rest of Finland and the world beyond.

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Finnair has announced its winter schedule on the New York JFK–Helsinki route, and a new seasonal service between Helsinki and Toronto in summer 2010.

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Finnair starts flying daily to New Delhi on September 25.

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The second major step in the transformation of the Helsinki-Vantaa terminal extension has been completed, with the opening of a new shopping area and a large My City Helsinki restaurant world.

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