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Finnair to launch a direct route to Los Angeles in March 2019

Finnair will launch a route from Helsinki Airport to Los Angeles next spring. The new route will be the fifth direct route to North America and the 27th international intercontinental route from Helsinki Airport.

The Helsinki Airport – Los Angeles service will operate three times a week starting from March 31, 2019. In addition to this, Finnair will add more flights for the San Francisco and Chicago routes for the summer season. Next year, the routes will be opened in April, and a fourth weekly flight will be added for the San Francisco route in May.

After these changes, Finnair will be flying its customers to Chicago every day of the week, three times a week to Los Angeles and four times a week to San Francisco. Los Angeles will be Finnair’s first US route to be regularly operated with the new A350 aircraft.

Finnair Airbus A350
Finnair’s new Airbus A350 aircraft. Image: Wikipedia/Creative Commons

“We are very happy to be able to expand our North American route network, and we are particularly pleased that the new Los Angeles route will be operated with our new Airbus A350 aircraft,” says Juha Järvinen, Finnair’s Chief Commercial Officer. “The San Francisco route, launched two years ago, has been a success, which shows that California and the US West Coast are popular among our customers. We believe that our Los Angeles route will continue this successful development.”

Los Angeles, famous for being the centre of the film and TV industry, is known for its good weather, beautiful beaches and the glamorous Hollywood. It is also one of the biggest hubs for business travel and freight traffic in the United States. Thanks to Helsinki’s geographic location, Finnair’s new Los Angeles route will offer competitive and convenient travel times for our customers in Scandinavia, the Baltic states, Russia, Northern Germany and also from Finland.

“Both our connections to North America and the accessibility of Helsinki will be significantly improved thanks to the new route,” says Petri Vuori, Vice President, Sales and Route Development at Finavia, “As Los Angeles is both an important business and start-up hub and an interesting travel destination, the new route will serve both international transfer passengers and Finnish business and leisure travellers. The aim of Finavia’s billion euro investment in the development of Helsinki Airport is to promote Finland’s accessibility, which will be further improved with the opening of this route.”

Finnair Airbus A350 Economy Cabin
Finnair’s Economy Cabin on board their new Airbus A350. Image: Wikipedia/Creative Commons

Los Angeles will be Finnair’s fifth US destination, joining New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami. The estimated flight time is 11 hours to Los Angeles and 10 hours and 30 minutes to Helsinki.

The new route to Los Angeles is part of Finnair’s co-operation project with its oneworld alliance partners American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. The co-operation offers more flight options to customers as well as better connections and cheaper fares for transatlantic flights. At the moment, these four carriers offer more than 100 daily flights between Europe and North America.

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